The Society of Southwest Archivists is a professional organization established to:

  • stimulate and make available research in archival administration and records management
  • promote sound principles and standards for preserving and administering records
  • foster opportunities for education and training of archivists, records managers, and custodians of private papers
  • strengthen relations with others in allied disciplines and with organizations and institutions having mutual interests in the preservation and use of our recorded heritage.

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SSA serves over 500 archivists, special collections librarians, preservationists, conservators, records managers, and others interested in the preservation of our documentary heritage. The six states in our region are Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, but our members come from almost every state and several countries. We look forward to working with you to improve and promote the archival profession. Join Us!

Please consider making a donation to the SSA Endowment that funds the scholarships. To make a donation, please visit the donations page. Thank you for your support of SSA's mission.


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The Society of Southwest Archivists is now an official charitable organization on Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon customer, you can register your account on Amazon Smile to automatically donate .05% of the purchase price of your Amazon purchases to SSA.

Community Outreach Fund

SSA established the Community Outreach Fund in 2015 to support outreach events or programs that promote archives to the general public. SSA has set aside $1,000 per year to support such endeavors.

National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

The Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists created the SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Fund—a fund established to address the stabilization and recovery needs of archival repositories that are directly affected by natural disasters.

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  • SSA Objection to a section of HB 1962, in relation to Texas State records

    Rep. Stan Lambert Texas House, District 71 Room E2.814 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78768 Dear Rep. Lambert: The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) is a professional organization representing over 500 members in the six states of the American Southwest (TX, LA, AR, OK, NM, AZ) who work in or are interested in preserving our […]

  • Salary Information Now Required in Job Postings

    At its 8 March 2019 meeting, the SSA Board voted unanimously to immediately stop accepting job advertisements that do not list a salary or salary range. This applies to all SSA media including the website forums, Facebook, and Twitter. Any request to post a job announcement that does not include salary information will be held […]

  • Poor Pay in Archives: How Our National Organizations are Failing Us

    This is the second part of a two-part series. By Mark Lambert, SSA President, 2018-2019 The Southwestern Archivist, Vol. 42, No. 1 (February 2019): 5-6. See Part 1 of this column, “Top archives directors are failing the profession,” in the November 2018 issue of Southwestern Archivist. Our two national professional organizations, the Society of American […]

  • Calling All Quilters! (Signups extended to 3/5)

    Signups have been extended to Wednesday March 5   Howdy! It’s time for the 2019 SSA Scholarships (virtual) Quilt Bee! This year, we’ll be making the desert bloom with a Tussie Mussie quilt using some truly gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabric. If you want to participate, please fill out the form and send in your participation fee […]

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Today in the Archivist’s Daybook

April 24, 2019
  • SCA Annual Meeting

    April 24, 2019 - April 27, 2019  
    Hilton Long Beach, 701 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831, USA

    Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting
    April 24-27, 2019

    Long Beach Hilton
    Long Beach, California

  • On this date in 2006, archivists of the province of Quebec launched the Quebec Declaration on Archives. The declaration was a reminder of the essential role documents play in our daily lives, an acknowledgement of the importance of archives in remembering, a commitment to continue to preserve and make documentation accessible, and a way to invite the general public to symbolically support archival work.

    April 24, 2019