SAA Archivists to the Rescue! Project Brings Free Basic Archives Workshops to New Jersey

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SAA Archivists to the Rescue! Project Brings Free Basic Archives Workshops to New Jersey

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) Archivists to the Rescue! Pilot Project offers free basic archives workshops to non‐professionals volunteering or working for organizations that cannot afford to hire professional archivists. The drive behind this effort is to help small organizations and local communities to preserve and make accessible their archival records that are hidden due to a lack of access to information on preservation and archival practices. For the pilot, 5 NJ sites have been selected: Plainfield, Trenton, Atlantic City, Chester, and Newark.

Volunteer members of the SAA will deliver a series of workshops covering the essentials of preservation, archival processing, arrangement, description, digitization, and identifying and caring for photographs.

These workshops are strictly limited to 10 participants. Participants must be non‐professional archivists, volunteers, or cultural heritage professionals associated with a community organization, house of worship, historical society, fraternal organization, or other cultural heritage organization located within a 20‐mile radius to the workshop site. Participants will be expected to bring 1 box of materials from their archives to work on in each class. Participants will be interviewed for the pilot project, and will be expected to take all five workshops (or another member of the same organization can substitute).

For the pilot, these workshops will be offered free of charge. All participants will receive a 15% discount on archival supplies by pilot project co‐sponsor University Products.

Please see the flyer for more details.