NAGARA/CoSA Joint Annual Meeting

The NAGARA/CoSA Joint Annual Meeting will be held July 13-16, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Two SGA members will be presenting at the meeting: Kaye Minchew (Troup County Historical Society and Archives) and David Carmicheal (Georgia Archives). Ms. Minchew will be speaking about Friends of Archives groups, while Mr. Carmicheal will be a part of a panel discussing the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Task Force for the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) Act.

You can learn more about the annual meeting, or register, at

PAHR Introduced to the Senate

Posted on behalf of the Joint Task Force on PAHR:
S. 3227, “A bill to authorize the Archivist of the United States to make grants to States for the preservation and dissemination of historical records,” was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch and Carl Levin (with six original co-sponsors) on April 19 and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 
This bill is identical to that introduced in the House by Congressman Maurice Hinchey–H.R. 2256.  We have an incredible opportunity to get action in both the House and the Senate THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.  We need to act now before the attention of Congress is diverted by the November elections.  So it is critical that you work with your constituents to tell your senators now why PAHR is important to you, your organization, and your researchers.  See the attached Action Alert for more details, and please distribute it or some version thereof as widely as you can.  
We have the potential by the end of this summer to have this legislation enacted in the House and the Senate.  But just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire archival, history, library and genealogical community to pass PAHR. We need your help now and through the next two or three months to make this a reality.  Please do your part to bring this to a vote in Congress–every letter, every phone call, every visit matters.  
Many, many thanks for all the work that has gone into PAHR so far, and for all you can do in the next months. We can make this change happen–and we look forward to celebrating the passage of PAHR this year!
Please contact us if you have questions or ideas, or need any help with your efforts. 
Council of State Archivists: Kathleen Roe, David Carmicheal, Karl Niederer, Vicki Walch
Society of American Archivists: Brenda Lawson, Steven Hensen,  Ben Primer, Nancy Beaumont
National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators: Tracey Berezansky, Jelain Chubb

Learn more about PAHR and how to contact the Task Force at

SGA Support for PAHR

Now that the Preserving the American Record (PAHR), has passed in the House, it’s time for archivists all over the country to start working on the Senate.

For those who are unfamiliar with PAHR, it is “a bill to provide federal formula grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible.”

No matter what facet of the archival/library/museum world you work in, PAHR affects YOU!

To learn more about the bill, and how to contact your Senators to ask for their support, visit the PAHR page on the SAA website.

Coming soon: SGA’s own “Legislative Action” page!