ARCHIVES / Chicago 2007


Elizabeth W. Adkins, CA President's Welcome

Join Us in “Sweet Home CHICAGO”!

Dear Colleagues:

When I worked for Kraft Foods in Chicago from 1986 to 1996, I was often struck by the remarkable diversity of this quintessential American city. A lot has changed since I left – and in the 10 years since SAA last met in our Headquarters’ hometown. But the city remains diverse, and it’s that diversity that has helped it grow and prosper.

At ARCHIVES / CHICAGO 2007, you’ll have a chance to experience the “Second City” along with more than 1,500 of your colleagues from across the country (and beyond) who share your interests, your concerns, your on-the-job challenges. It’s the perfect opportunity to benefit from our diversity of ideas, methods, and experience – and it’s our chance to learn from you!

If you’ve attended SAA Annual Meetings before, you know the excitement that comes from hearing about innovative approaches to archival activities, from exploring new ideas, and from meeting colleagues and renewing friendships. If you’ve never attended an Annual Meeting – or haven’t joined us in recent years – you’ll find a broad array of opportunities to learn, to explore, to collaborate, and to celebrate the world of archives.

SAA’s 2007 Program and Host Committees have outdone themselves:

  • In-depth pre-conference programs and provocative plenary sessions give you direct access to experts in the field and voices from beyond our professional circles.
  • Exciting program sessions (choose from 64 of them!) deliver the latest ideas and techniques in an environment
    in which you’ll feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Section and roundtable meetings give you a chance to interact with colleagues who share your specific interests and concerns.
  • The Exhibit Hall provides an unparalleled opportunity to talk with our industry partners, express your ideas and opinions, and learn about what’s new in the field.
  • And because we don’t believe in “all work and no play,” the Host Committee has lined up a wonderful itinerary of repository tours and open houses, and the all-attendee reception will introduce you to Millennium Park– Chicago’s newest and grandest public space.

To highlight the diversity that is such a high priority for SAA and the profession, I plan to focus my presidential address on that challenging topic and I’ve invited a very special guest to keynote the opening plenary session with another perspective….

Whether you’re an experienced archives professional, a newcomer to the field, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find ARCHIVES / CHICAGO 2007 to be a rewarding and intellectually stimulating experience.

I look forward to welcoming you to SAA’s own Sweet Home in August!


Elizabeth W. Adkins, CA
SAA President, 2006-2007