Society of American Archivists Diversity Award

On behalf of the SAA Diversity Award committee, I write to encourage you to consider nominating a colleague, project, or institution for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2017 Diversity Award. This award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the
long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity.

Eligible Nominees:

Eligible nominees include any individual, group, or organization. To encourage SAA member participation,  preference may be given to SAA individual and/or institutional members.

Recent Award Recipients Include:

2012: The Chicano Studies Research Center

2013:  Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Joan Krizack, Archives Consultant
Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library

2014:  Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program,
University of Houston
Jennifer O’Neal, University of Oregon Libraries

2015:  The Shorefront Legacy Center
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

2016: Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives SAA Roundtable
“Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” webinar series

Nomination Requirements:

Two letters of support. Nominations will be accepted from any individual, group, or institution.

Sponsor and Funding:

Society of American Archivists Foundation.


Up to two awards may be given each year. The prize will include a certificate and one complimentary registration per awardee to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

Please consider submitting a nomination by February 28, 2017. The nomination form can be found here:

If you have any questions, please let me know. Please feel free to forward this message to any individual or group that you think might have a potential nominee in mind. We are hoping to get a large number of nominations, as more than a single award can be given.

Thank you for your consideration.

Natalia Fernández, on behalf of the SAA Diversity Award committee

Natalia Fernández
Curator and Archivist, Oregon Multicultural Archives & OSU Queer Archives
OSU Libraries: Special Collections and Archives Research Center


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