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.
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!
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It’s time to submit nominations for SSA’s 2021 election! If you would like to serve, or know an ideal candidate, please submit your nomination via our web form on SSA’s home page. The deadline for submitted nominations is January 1, 2021. The SSA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the following positions in 2021: Vice-President/President […]
The Society of Southwest Archivists has lost a powerful advocate for archives. Dr. David B. Gracy II died peacefully in his home in the early morning of Saturday, September 26. Dr. Gracy was many things to many people: an archives evangelist, a mentor, a teacher, a colleague, even a train conductor at times. In […]
Today in the Archivist’s Daybook
Feast Day of St. Catherine of Alexandria, considered by some to be the patron saint of archivists, potters, spinners, knife sharpeners, scholars, teachers, and others. She was the literary re-incarnation of Hypatia, the first famous female scholar. Hypatia taught mathematics and philosophy in Alexandria to both Christian and non-Christian students until she was murdered by a Christian mob in 415 C.E. "St. Catherine" became a substitute figure, a Christian murdered by pagans. Catherine began appearing as a literary figure in the eighth or ninth centuries. She became immensely popular during the Middle Ages and Joan of Arc claimed that St. Catherine was one of her advisors. In 1969, the Catholic Church removed her feast day from its general calendar, citing a lack of historical evidence for her existence.
November 25, 2020