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Letter to the American Library Association Concerning "Traditional Cultural Expressions" Statement


On January 6, 2010, SAA President Peter Gottlieb responded to ALA on behalf of SAA about ALA's current draft statement (Draft 6) on traditional cultural expressions (available online at Read the letter here.

In preparing this letter to ALA, Gottlieb consulted with members of SAA's Intellectual Property Working Group (IPWG) concerning the working groupís own commentary on the Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE) statement. He also asked four other SAA groups for their responses to the statement: the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable (AACRT), the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable (LACCHA), the Native American Archives Roundtable (NAART), and the Diversity Committee.

As always, SAA welcomes your comments and reactions to this letter (