SAA Writing & Publishing Award Nominations

February 6, 2023

The Society of American Archivists is soliciting recommendations for writing and publishing awards for excellence. There are five awards up for grabs with varying prize amounts. All submissions must have been produced during 2022.

Note that you can apply or be nominated for multiple awards in a single cycle, but will only receive one. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2023.


SAA: J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

January 13, 2016

Posted on behalf of SAA’s J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee:

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2016 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:
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, 2016, 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:

SAA Preservation Publication Award

January 28, 2013

The Society of American Archivists Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee is seeking nominations for the prestigious Preservation Publication Award. Do you know of an outstanding preservation-related work published in 2012? Would you like to see the author(s) or editor(s) recognized for contributing to preservation and the archives profession? Please consider submitting a nomination prior to the deadline of February 28, 2013.

The nomination form is available at

Additional information can be found at I encourage you to check out the list of previous winners at the bottom of this page. Past winners have published important works on a wide range of preservation topics, including general archives and electronic records preservation, special media conservation, facilities standards for archives, and emergency preparedness and response.

SAA Distinguished Service Award

January 25, 2013

The Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee seeks nominations for the 2013 award. The deadline for submitting applications is February 28, 2013.

Created in 1964 and revised in 1993, this award recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. The institution being nominated should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

— Demonstrably contributing to archival theory and the development of new archival practice.
— Serving its constituency in an outstanding fashion.
— Showing extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness in improving efficiency of operations or methods of work.
— Going well beyond the normal performance requirements expected of an archival agency and thus providing a model for others.
— Developing over a period of years an archives program of such depth and scope as to warrant special recognition.

Please visit the following website for information about the award, including eligibility and nomination requirements:

Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award

January 14, 2013

Call for Applications:
The application period for the 2013 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award is now open!
The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists. The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the SAA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2013. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

The Pinkett Award is awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding the date on which the award is given.

Details and Application:

February 28, 2013

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVISTS: 2012 Waldo Gifford Leland Award

January 24, 2012

Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2012.

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”

(Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVISTS: Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

January 6, 2012

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2012 award.

This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Recent winners include:
• 2011 University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team
• 2010 The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• 2009 Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
• 2008 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to