Society of American Archivists Seek Nominations for Various 2017 Awards

12/8/2016 - 10:00AM

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the following awards. Nomination deadlines for all awards is February 28, 2017.

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award 

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award
Emerging Leader Award
Waldo Gifford Leland Award
Diversity Award

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy 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:
2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow
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)

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, 2017 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.

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan 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:
2016: South Asian American Digital Archive
2015: The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, for Doctor or Doctress?
2014: Emma Goldman Papers Project
2013: Densho, The Japanese American Legacy Project
2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota 
2011: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, and organizations are eligible.

A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

More information on this award can be found HERE.

2017 SAA Emerging Leader Award

Do you know a colleague who is in the early stages of an archives career and who exhibits great leadership skills?  Please consider nominating her/him for the Emerging Leader Award. 

Awarded for the first time in 2012, the SAA Emerging Leader Award celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, performed commendable service to the archives profession, or some combination of these. Nominees must have more than two years and less than ten years of professional archives experience at the time of nomination. The award is given based on the total experience and contributions of the awardee, including knowledge, leadership, participation, and achievements in the profession. 

More details on the award criteria, eligibility and the application form can be found HERE

2017 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

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 can be found HERE.   

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.)   

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives. 
Diversity Award

Now more than ever, we want to call attention to the important work in the archival community that gives voice to perspectives, histories, and ethics that value diversity and pluralism in all of their forms. There are amazing projects, initiatives, and other efforts going on that deserve recognition and celebration. 

Please 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 process is easy:

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

Nomination requirements: a brief form and two letters of support submitted by February 28, 2017, from any individual, group, or institution.