SAA Meeting 2011 — Program and Poster Presentations

The 2011 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during SAA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 22-27, 2011.

Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals that address the program theme are especially encouraged.

Program Theme
SAA celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2011, an occasion that offers a wonderful opportunity to take a good look around – at SAA and its role as a professional organization, at the archives profession and its intersections with other professions and domains, and at ourselves as professionals in an evolving global information environment. The theme for the 2011 Annual Meeting is “ARCHIVES 360◦.”

Graduate Student Paper Session
The work of three current archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional open session format. Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes to present a paper. Thirty minutes will be reserved for audience questions and discussion. Proposals may relate to the student’s research interests as well as research pertinent to the profession. Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into proposals is highly encouraged. Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted. Presenters and topics will be listed in the Preliminary Program.

Graduate Student Poster Session
The 11th annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters.

Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into proposals is highly encouraged. Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2010-Summer 2011).

Student Chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. Incorporating the Annual Meeting theme into the poster proposals is highly encouraged. A single representative should coordinate the submission of each Student Chapter proposal.

Submission Instructions and Deadlines
Submissions must include the following:

Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address;
The name and address of your college or university;
Your degree program (e.g., M.A, MLIS, PhD, etc.);
A one-sentence statement affirming your commitment to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting and present your paper/poster in person if selected;
For paper proposals: Your paper title and a 250-word abstract, plus a copy of your resume and/or curriculum vitae;
For poster proposals: A brief desc-ription of your poster topic (not to exceed 250 words) and a brief introduction about your chapter and its activities.
SAA encourages broad participation in its annual meeting. Presenters are limited to participating in one session. Presenters include speakers, session chairs, and commentators. Please alert the 2011 Student Program Subcommittee if you have agreed to participate in another accepted proposal.

Proposals must be received no later than January 21, 2011, and must be sent electronically to:

2011 Student Program Subcommittee

If you have any questions, please contact Subcommittee Chair Brenda Gunn at

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
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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