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Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Plenary Address at SAA Annual Meeting in Birmingham

SAA 2002 Annual Meeting Program

August 19 - 25, 2002
Birmingham, Alabama
Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
888/661-5678 or 205/324-5000


SAA 2002 Annual Meeting Sessions on Audio Cassette Tape—Order Form (PDF)


Welcome message from SAA President Steve Hensen

Detailed information on registration, fees, travel, etc.

Birmingham 2002 Annual Meeting Schedule-At-A-Glance
(Includes detailed information on preconference workshops, tours, SAA group meetings, sessions, and special events.)

Information on Student Poster Sessions

Annual Meeting and Tour Registration Forms (PDF)

Birmingham 2002 Annual Meeting Hotel Registration Form (PDF)

The Society of American Archivists would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

2002 International Archives & Information Technology Exposition Exhibitor List

Information from the Birmingham Convention and Visitors' Bureau:

Links of state and local interest provided by the 2002 Host Committee:

Birmingham: The Magic City
article by Leah Rawls Atkins, Director Emerita, Auburn University, Center for the Arts & Humanities


Archival Roots: Our Foundation and Our Future

SAA President Steve Hensen and the 2002 Host and Program committees look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham next summer for an exciting blend of speakers, tours, workshops, exhibits, social events, and a liberal dose of Southern hospitality!

Our 2002 program theme is purposefully broad, inviting annual meeting participants and attendees to reflect on the principles and traditions of the archival profession, how well they have served us in the past, and how they are relevant as we move into the increasingly complex information world of the 21st century. What strengths do we gain from our professional roots? What opportunities do emerging information technologies present us for innovative collaborations:  with allied information professionals; with archivists from around the world; with communities that we have not served well in the past, either in helping to preserve their documentary heritage, or in providing ready access to the wealth of information resources in our repositories?

Tentative commitments are in hand for plenary session speakers who will provide perspectives at the beginning and end of the annual meeting that highlight the program theme. Our opening plenary session will feature a distinguished scholar of slavery and the struggle of African Americans in shaping the American identity, who has been a decades-long user and supporter of archival repositories and who will share his thoughts about his work with archivists and archives. The closing plenary session will feature an internationally recognized expert on emerging information technologies and long-time professional collaborator, who will share his vision of what the future may hold for us.

New to the profession?  Can't take the time to attend a pre-conference workshop?  Need to brush up on your skills in one or two areas?  The 2002 Annual Meeting in Birmingham will feature "Archives Unplugged," an archival basics track that may be just the thing for you!  Six seminars will be presented, each exploring a fundamental aspect of archival work. One seminar will be presented during each of the program session time slots; together the six comprise a workshop on basic archival topics. The faculty are acknowledged experts in the field who will enlighten and possibly even amuse you. The seminars topics and respective instructors are:

  • Fundamentals of Archival Acquisition and Appraisal
    —Mark Greene, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
  • Fundamentals of Archival Description
    —Kathleen Roe, New York State Archives and Records Administration
  • Issues in Preservation of Archival Materials
    —Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Fundamentals of Archival Reference
    —Mary Jo Pugh, National Park Service
  • Visual Materials in Archival Collections
    —Waverly Lowell, University of California, Berkeley
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Records Management
    —Tom Ruller, New York State Education Department

There will be no extra charge beyond the conference registration for these seminars. Additional information will be forthcoming as the program develops.

We invite you to stay tuned during the coming year to Archival Outlook and to updates to this Web site for more details about what is shaping up to be one of the most engaging and fun annual meetings ever!

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