SAA Seeking Nominations for 2017 J. Franklin Jameson Award

J. Franklin Jameson
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Society of American Archivists
2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

Recent Winners:
2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow
2015: Adrena Ifill Blagburn
2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project National History Day
2013: Dr. Warren Stewart
2012: Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)
2010: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
2009: Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
2008: Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession. Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2017 and should be sent to:

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-4061

Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to:

Inviting Applicants for SAA's 2017 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2017. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Rachel Howard, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at

Purpose and Criteria for Selection
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded

Application Form and Documentation
Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:

  • A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
  • Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
  • Application form

Application Deadline
February 28, 2017

Call for Proposals for Small Archival Projects Conference

Small Archival Projects Conference
Friday, April 7, 2017
Hosted at Loras College, Dubuque, IA
Sponsored by DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium)

Call for Proposals
If you're looking for an opportunity to share what you've digitized in your collection or how you've accomplished it, please share your knowledge with others! The Small Archival Projects Conference Committee is seeking proposals for 50 minute presentations (40-45 minutes for the presentation with 5-10 minutes for questions). The presentations can be about any aspect of small archival projects including:

* Project management – budget, workflow, equipment selection, etc.
* Project selection – how do you decide what to digitize?
* Freeware, software choices, hosting options, etc.
* Publicizing collections once they have been digitized
* People who have worked on a project and would be willing to tell us what went well, what they’d do differently, etc.
* Small, practical, limited projects

Attendees at their first conference asked for presentations about:

* "Building blocks" session – the basic vocabulary and starter tips for small houses with limited budgets and staffing
* Building Family History for Public Sites (Stories about family impact on communities)
* Telling a Community Story through Archival Materials and Objects
* Grant Writing
* Copyright Issues
* Digital preservation strategies-- how to host and maintain over the long term AFTER the giant project and initial public relations push are over
* Strategies to break down a large project – how to choose what to start with, etc.

If you have expertise with any of these topics, please consider sharing your knowledge at the conference.

Information about the conference including specific information for presenters is available at:

Fill out the proposal form at: and submit it by Friday, February 3, 2017 for consideration. The proposals will be blind-peer reviewed and you will be notified of your status by February 10, 2017.
For additional information, check out the conference web site at