SeArch Call for Content:

Sound Archivist is always accepting submissions! Did you launch a new tool or service, process a new collection, learn a new skill? Do you have upcoming events or volunteer/internship opportunities? Did you attend an event and want to share thoughts or review a panel? Have anything related to our field you want to share? Do you have a great joke about archivists (or info pros in general)? We want to know about it! Pictures are welcome/encouraged. Email us:

Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, 2021 – Call for Proposals

The Society of Southwest Archivists, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will host a virtual annual meeting May 17-21, 2021. The theme this year is Going with the Flow. As we have all faced numerous challenges over the past year, we would like to learn about barriers faced, creative solutions, and what the “new normal” looks like for your archive.

Session proposals are welcome on any subject or skill relevant to the archives or records management professions. Proposals will be evaluated on the completeness of the description, the originality of the topic, and the diversity of speakers. In addition, the Program Committee will prioritize submissions with a strong equity, diversity, & inclusion component. 

We hope that our virtual format for 2021 will make our conference more accessible for various groups, including those located outside the Southwest region. We encourage proposal submissions from non-SSA members and those located outside of the Southwest.

Find guidelines, a spreadsheet to facilitate collaborations, and the submission form on the SSA Call For Proposals page.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 18th, 2020.

Archive-NAGPRA-PNAAM Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this important survey regarding existing archive policies and practices related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) process and the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM).

Supported by generous funding from the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Autry Museum of the American West is collaboratively developing a “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook that focuses on the intersecting activities between the NAGPRA process and PNAAM guidelines. As a first step, we are sending this survey out to those who are or may be associated with these activities including–but not limited to–tribal groups, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO), NAGPRA coordinators, librarians, archivists, archaeologists, and museum professionals.

The goal of this survey is to better assess the levels of preparedness different entities have when working with archive collections during the NAGPRA process.

Data from this survey will also be crucial when examining the range of existing policies, procedures, and practices that will influence the development of the “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook, which aims to be a solid start to a “living document” that will guide entities working with archives as part of their repatriation efforts.

Labor Archives of Washington Records Survey

(Graphic courtesy of Crystal Rodgers, Labor Archives of Washington)

Does your repository have collections related to working people, the labor movement, and interrelated civil rights and social justice struggles? The Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections is issuing another call for all cultural heritage institutions in the Pacific Northwest with labor-related collections to participate in the Labor Records Survey! Thanks to the over 19 cultural heritage institutions that already participated during the first round in 2017, resulting in 12 new entries in the Society of American Archivists’ Labor Archives Directory. This significantly expanded the representation of PNW repositories with labor records in their holdings! Once complete, this survey will also culminate in a published catalog of Pacific Northwest labor records.  

The Regional Records Survey is a multi-year project, led by Crystal Rodgers, Labor Archivist for Processing, that includes a companion survey of records held by labor unions and affiliated organizations, helping the Labor Archives better understand the needs of our donor community, cultivate relationships with new organizations, plan for new donations, and offer records management and preservation consultations. Since the survey began in 2017, we now have data on 51 labor unions/affiliated organizations in WA and 19 repositories in the PNW. If you’re curious to learn more about the project or would like to participate in the survey but have questions, please reach out to Crystal at