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Boston '04

August 2 - 8, 2004
Boston Park Plaza Hotel


Boston 2004 Schedule-At-A-Glance

Includes detailed information on preconference workshops, education sessions, SAA group meetings, tours, repository open houses, and special events.

It's No Ordinary Tea Party!

  • The premier educational event of the year for archives professionals...
  • Thought-provoking and informative plenary sessions...
  • Practical tips that you can put to use as soon as you return to work — and discussions of research and theory that advance your profession to new heights...
  • A chance for first-timers and new members to see what it’s all about — all in one place and all at one time...
  • In-depth coverage of an archival topic of special interest to you at Preconference Programs...
  • Brushing up on the basics at one or more “Archives Unplugged” sessions...
  • An exhibit hall packed with fresh ideas, new products, the tools you need to do your best...
  • Section and roundtable meetings that will get you in tune with others who share your special interests...
  • Social events that will help you connect with old friends — and make new ones...
  • Boston! Your chance to explore one of America’s great historic cities: from Beacon Hill to Back Bay, from the top of the Pru to the Athenaeum, from Cambridge to Southie, from the Freedom Trail to the Common (just outside your door), from the federal architecture of the Massachusetts State House to the opulence of Trinity Church, from the famed Boston Public Library to the many treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts to the fascinating documents of the JFK Library and Museum — Boston truly has something to interest everyone...
  • Your best opportunity all year to meet, enjoy, and learn from the amazing work of archivists from around the world...

A Message from SAA President Tim Ericson

Tim Ericson   Nadine Strossen

Opening Plenary Session:
Tim Ericson's Presidential Address
Keynote Speaker Nadine Strossen, ACLU President

About the Program

Getting to Boston 2004 Is as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

  1. Register
  2. Reserve Your Hotel
  3. Get to Boston


All registrations received after July 15 will be handled in Boston. Please visit the Onsite Registration Desk on the mezzanine level of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Reserve Your Hotel:

Due to overwhelming demand, it is too late to reserve a room at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, which is now sold out. SAA has negotiated special attendee rates at two hotels:

  • Radisson Boston: Just across the street from the conference hotel, with rates of:

    • $159 Single

    • $179 Double

    available only by phone at 617/482-1800. Be sure to mention that you’re an SAA attendee.


  • Club Quarters Hotel: A 15-minute walk from the Park Plaza, with rates beginning at $119; 212/575-0006. Mention SAA803.

Get to Boston:

American Airlines
America West Airlines
Delta Airlines

By Air:

Logan Airport is located in East Boston. From the airport, the Boston Park Plaza is readily accessible by limousine, taxi, shuttles, and the subway (the “T”).

There are many shared vans and shuttles that will take you from Logan to the Park Plaza for approximately $10, such as:

• Logan/Boston Hotel Shuttle: 617-561-9500
• JC Transportation: 617-699-9194
• Back Bay Coach: 617-746-9909

Boston taxis are available at Logan Airport terminals 24 hours a day, and they provide service to all of New England. A taxi for the 20-minute ride to the Park Plaza costs about $20. Taxi companies include:

• Boston Cab: 617-536-5010
• Checker Cab: 617-536-7000
• City Cab: 617-536-5100

Subway (The “T”)
Total time from terminal entrance to the Park Plaza Hotel via subway is typically 25-40 minutes, depending on connections and the crowd.

  1. Look for a MASSPORT Shuttle bus (this is the shuttle to the subway) outside your terminal. (The shuttles stop at all terminals at a location marked “Airport Shuttle, to Terminals and Subway”). Depending on your arrival terminal, this will be either #22 or #33 and should be marked “Subway.” Board the bus and take it to the subway (Airport Station on the Blue Line). The shuttle is free.
  2. At Airport Station, purchase a token ($1.25) and deposit it in the turnstile. Descend to the inbound platform and board any train. Take the train to Government Center.
  3. At Government Center, go up the stairs to the Green Line and follow the signs to the outbound platform. Board any trolley stopping at this platform and take it three stops, to Arlington Street Station. The hotel is about a block from the station at 64 Arlington Street.

Manchester Airport, Manchester, NH

Buses — Vermont Transit makes three trips daily between the Manchester Airport and Boston’s South Station. The trip takes approximately 1 hour and costs $11.50 one way. Telephone: 802-864-6811. To take public transportation to the hotel from South Station, take the Red Line inbound to Park Street and switch to the Green Line outbound to Arlington Station. The hotel is about a block from the station at 64 Arlington Street. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Alternately, a taxi for the 15-minute ride from South Station costs about $10.

Green Airport,Warwick, RI

Buses — Bonanza Bus Lines seven trips daily between Green Airport and Boston’s South Station. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours and costs $19 one way. Telephone: 888-751-8800. To take public transportation to the Park Plaza Hotel from South Station, take the Red Line inbound to Park Street and switch to the Green Line outbound to Arlington Station. The hotel is about a block from the station at 64 Arlington Street. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Alternately, a taxi for the 15-minute ride from South Station costs about $10.

By Rail:


By Bus:

Peter Pan

By Car:

Avis Rent-A-Car

The Host Committee suggests that you avoid driving in Boston if possible! Boston’s streets are congested and confusing, and parking is difficult and expensive. (Parking at the Park Plaza Hotel is $34 a day.) Boston is “America’s Walking City,” and walking is the most common and most pleasurable way to get around. The Park Plaza is very close to many attractions: the Public Gardens, the Boston Common, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, etc.

However, if you must drive… Avis has made it possible to receive a discounted rate.

Getting Around Boston

Public transportation is an excellent way to get around Boston. For public transportation directions, please go to the MBTA. This user-friendly site includes walking directions from your arrival location to the nearest subway (the “T”) or bus station. The Boston Visitor Pass is available for 1, 3, or 7 days and is valid for unlimited travel on the subway, local bus, and inner harbor ferry. Some suggestions for sightseeing via the “T” include:

  • Take the Red Line to Harvard Square;
  • Take the Green Line B, C, or D trolleys outbound to Fenway Park;
  • Take the Green Line E trolley outbound to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum;
  • Take any Green Line trolley inbound to Government Center and walk to the North End for cannoli and pasta;
  • Take the Orange Line outbound to the Arnold Arboretum;
  • Take the Blue Line outbound to Revere Beach or the Airport.

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