Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award


SAA seeks nominations for the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award no later than February 28, 2010.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges minority undergraduate and graduate students, such as those of African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists. This award supports the Society of American Archivists/Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable objectives of:

1. identifying minority students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions;

2. encouraging minority students to consider careers in the archival profession; and

3. promoting increased minority participation in SAA by exposing minority students to the experience of attending national meetings and encouraging them to join and remain members of the organization.


Awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year preceding the date on which the award is given.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists/Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, in honor of archival pioneer Harold T. Pinkett, the first African American to be appointed an archivist at the National Archives, where he served for more than 35 years as a specialist in agricultural archives, senior records appraiser, and chief archivist of the Natural Resources Records Branch. An SAA Fellow, he served as editor of The American Archivist from 1968 to 1971.


Full complimentary registration to the 73rd SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the SAA Annual Meeting. This year’s SAA Annual Meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC from August 10-15, 2010.

Nomination Forms:

Available at: http://www.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-pinkett.asp

Application Deadline:

Nominations will be considered only if all materials and other supporting documents are postmarked by the deadline, Saturday, February 28, 2010. Completed applications and supporting documents should be submitted to the Award Committee at:

Society of American Archivists

ATTN: Awards/Scholarships

17 North State Street, Suite 1425

Chicago, Illinois 60602-3315 USA

Electronic submissions are also acceptable and should be sent to saahq@archivists.org. Please indicate the name of the award or scholarship in the email subject line; use standard file applications such as Word, Excel, or Adobe; attachments should not to exceed 5MB

Rebekah Kim

Chair, Harold T. Pinkett Award Subcommittee

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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