Can Archives Split Up a Family History Collection?

Post contributed by Andrew Harman, MA, CA

Yes, and we did. Seemingly going against the principle of respect des fonds and the overarching rule of archives to not impose order, keeping collections intact, our archives did the unthinkable. But hear me out.

The Center for American War Letters Archives at Chapman University specializes in the individual stories of soldiers and their loved ones during war time. That is narrowed further to the American experience of war, but overall the topic is fairly broad. Any American during any war. We have collections highlighting combat experiences, of course, but we also hold many stories focused on the home front and those that never left our shores. We ingest correspondence, as the name suggests, but our collections also round out these stories with contextual materials such as photographs, documents, artifacts, and even uniforms. Whatever our donors are willing to provide to complete a story, we will generally accept.

Why, then, did we remove some materials from a particular Second World War correspondence and family papers collection? The answer is that we respected that other time-honored tradition of archives: access.

To give some context, the collection contained correspondence from one soldier, the donor of the materials, during the Second World War, as well as a unit photograph from his father who served during the First World War, a Japanese flag, clippings, tin type photographs, and family documents dating back to the eighteenth century. For the purposes of this article, the name of the collection and the repository to which the materials were sent will remain anonymous.

Upon inspection of this collection, it appears it was originally donated by the soldier in its entirety. This is common of older donors who find every aspect of their family history crucial to the largess of their story. The materials donated, however, proved to be less valuable to our research audience but incredibly valuable to another. They included land deeds and specific information pertaining to the town from whence the family hailed in Massachusetts. With a quick search online, there exists a history center in that town well-equipped to preserve this material that is much better suited to the research audience of these documents. I reached out and they gleefully accepted. The collection was a “treasure-trove” to their repository, but would have fallen silent in ours.

I often say that if nobody is looking at the materials in an archival repository, if there are no researchers, then that storage room may as well be a room full of blank pages. The audience of a particular archives is just as important, and should very much shape, its collecting scope. In that spirit, I was taught early on that there is an ethics to collecting. If a collection or item really belongs somewhere else, then that is where it should go, no matter how valuable or “cool” or how enticing it may be to keep.

This principle generally does not require one to split up a collection, however, so how did we make that decision? For the most part, that decision was easier than may be expected. Our collecting scope, and audience, rely on materials that will tell the story of Americans at war. Fitting that mold were the materials pertaining to the soldier and his father, as well as some tertiary materials relating to an earlier relative (grandfather) not related to the side of the family hailing from Massachusetts (Vermont, in fact).

All other materials, including land deeds and legal documents specifically pertaining to property in that town, were separated both by subject and time. They were of another “family,” in essence. A group of people from another place and time. Neither the soldier’s story nor the family history would be affected by the loss of the others’ materials. In the end, that was the clinching determination. These were not subjects to be separated, or organizational changes to be imposed by me as the archivist, but in all practicality two separate collections only loosely related by ancestral ties.

In conclusion, this is a case study of recognizing practicality in following professional standards. Adherence to the letter of the tradition of respect des fonds would have that treasure trove sadly wasting away in an inappropriate repository. It was our recognition and belief in the ethics of finding the right home for these materials that allowed them to become much more visible to a much more appropriate audience.

SAA Mentoring Program and Perspective

About the SAA Mentoring Program
Section contributed by Devhra BennettJones

Like so many career opportunities, networking at the SAA Annual Meeting led the pathway to the SAA Mentoring Program.  I was initally recruited to serve as a mentor for a year with an early-career mentee working on the digitization of audio and video in the American music genre.  The mentor-mentee relationship was follwed by an appointment to serve on the SAA Mentoring Subcommittee.  In the early days of the mentoring program our Subcommittee duties primarily consisted of matching mentors and mentees for a one year duration.  Today’s mentoring program encourages mentoring for anyone at any progression of their career.  The primary requirement is that both mentors and mentees are members of our esteemed Society of American Archivists. 

Both mentors and mentees begin by submitting an application form with information about their interests, demographics, and preferences in a mentor or mentee.  Subcommittee members matche individuals based on their applications and provide contact information of both mentors and mentees.  They assist in facilitating the mentorship through guidelines and tips for the mentoring relationship.  The Subcommittee inquires with the mentee and mentor about their progression and asks for feedback after the conclusion of the mentorship year. 

In addition to the SAA Mentoring Program, the Subcommittee oversees a provisional mentoring endeavor, the SAA Annual Meeting Navigator Program.  It is a short-term mentoring opportunity that matches experienced Annual Meeting attendees with anyone interested in advice or assistance in navigating the Annual Meeting.  Similar to the procedures in the SAA Mentoring Program, both Navigators and Navigatees submit an application form with data about interests and goals for their SAA Annual Meeting participation.  The Subcommittee matches participants based on their application information, provides contact data, suggests tips for their interim mentorship, and follows with a survey about their Navigator Program experience. 

In the quest to create greater efficiency and adaptability, the SAA Mentoring Subcommittee has grown to take on a new mentoring cohort program; and members actively explore new mentoring models.  Participation in these mentorships offers the joy of learning what is important to archivists throuhgout the life cycle of their careers.  It provides the opportunity to learn about archivists’ differences as well as commonalities.  Serving on the committee allows one to contribute to making the program suitable to the current status of archivists and helps them plan for their futures.  In our technologically-based world, especially with the recent demands the pandemic has imposed, the SAA Mentoring Program has achieved preeminent relevance for the sustainability of our profession.

Mentoring from the Student’s Perspective
Section contributed by Jacob MacDonnell

I have had a very positive experience doing the Society of American Archivists Mentor/Mentee program. I am paired with Betts Coup, Processing Archivist at Harvard University’s Houghton Special Collections Library. Our meetings have been useful for my professional development, learning about the process of preparing my master’s paper for publication, and for navigating a tumultuous job market.

I graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Master of Science in Library Science program with a concentration in archives and records management. My professors and career advisors had strongly suggested taking advantage of student membership of the SAA and participating in their mentorship program. I feel that this advice proved to be lasting in a significant way. While the pandemic dramatically impacted my job search, as well as many of my classmates’ searches, I feel that having a mentor on-the-ground doing archival work granted me the opportunity to strategize about marketing my skills and interests.

Many of my relatives, friends, and other mentors from the library world live in the greater Boston area, and it was a goal of mine to end up in the city. Betts shared useful information about hiring processes, which cultural heritage institutions to be aware of, and insight about local and regional professional organizations related to archives. I found a job in Boston at the Commonwealth School (a private high school) as their librarian and registrar, that reflected my interests in libraries and records management. I feel my awareness and ability to find a job in Boston directly relates to my participation in the SAA mentor program, and I would strongly encourage MLIS students and archivists on the job market to consider joining.

2021 Students and New Professionals Section election is almost here!

The candidate statements for SNAP’s 2021 election are out; please take a moment to see who you will be voting for! Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey and will open on Monday, June 28th, closing Wednesday, July 14. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information! Open positions include:

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (1 position: 1 year term, followed by 1 year as chair): The vice chair/chair-elect will assist the chair in the operation of the section, serve as acting chair in the absence of the chair, and participate as a member of the steering committee. The chair directs and reports the activities of the section, organizes and runs the annual meeting, leads the steering committee, and handles administrative duties, including, but not limited to submitting the section’s annual report and serving as the section’s liaison to SAA and Council. The chair, in consultation with the other members of the steering committee, may solicit and appoint section volunteers to serve as the web liaison, social media coordinator, student chapter coordinator, and/or blog coordinator and editors.

Secretary (1 position: 1 year term): The secretary will serve as the official record keeper of the section and be responsible for compiling and sharing minutes from steering committee and annual meetings.

Steering Committee Member (3 positions: 1 year term): Members of the Steering Committee will provide leadership to and share information with section members; identify and appoint ex-officio members to the steering committee; solicit input from members; organize section elections and voting; and appoint temporary and/or permanent committees as needed.

All candidate statements are available on the SNAP webpage. Results will be announced at the SNAP Section Meeting, to be held virtually this year. A huge thank you to all of the outgoing steering committee members and officers for all of their hard work this past year!

Congrats to New Student Chapter Leaders!

Congratulations on your SAA student chapter Appointment!

On behalf of the SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals) section of the Society of American Archivists -SAA, we want to congratulate you on your SAA student chapter appointment! We would like to include you in our newsletter communication plan to spread the word about programming, events of interest to your student chapter.  Please provide the best contact email and if you are active on social media, feel free to add your address. We are very active so we would love to connect with you!

To get you in the loop, here are some upcoming events which are excellent opportunities to strengthen your resume/electronic portfolio: 

  • July, date TBD Annual SNAP Section event: Student Lightning talk
  • August, date TBD SAA Archives * Records 2021 Annual Student Poster Session 

SNAP is hosting a  yearly section event in July of 2021. This event is different from the SAA annual Archives * Records 2021 to be held in August this year. Students will present their topics/ideas for poster sessions/presentations in advance of August and receive valuable feedback!

We would appreciate it if you can help us spread the word to all MLIS/Archives students. We are looking for lightning talk submissions for our section meeting, which will be held both virtually and free throughout July. We are interested in hearing from students and recent graduates (Spring 2020 through Spring 2021) about their Master’s papers or projects and what they learned from them in a five (5) minute presentation! Students do not need to be SAA, SNAP, or SAA student chapter members to participate.

The deadline for our annual section meeting proposal submissions is Friday, April 23rd.

The google form to submit their proposals is here

If you have any questions, please email us!

Sincerely,

Hope Ketcham-Geeting, Lourdes Johnson, Cristy Sanchez

Student Chapter Coordinators

Society of American ArchivistsSAA-SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals) Section

Join us on Twitter:  @SNAP_SECTION, and Participate in our #snaprt chats twice a month @ 8:00 p.m. ET

Follow us on Facebook: @SNAPRoundtable

Meet your SNAP Leaders: Steering Committee Member

Helena Egbert
SNAP Position: Steering Committee Member
Institution: Kansas State University, Processing Archivist
Years at position: 6 months (since April 2020), but I’ve never worked in person.
Education: MLS from Emporia State University ; BA, History from Oregon State University

How did you get into archives?

It took me a while to settle on an undergraduate major. For a few years I wanted to work with large animals, but unfortunately I didn’t see a viable career path there. In the process of taking “baccalaureate core classes” I took Early Modern Latin American history, and loved the class and the professor. I switched to be a history major, and took every class I could from that professor. She used archival sources, largely from Archivo General de la Nación. During my last year of undergrad I heard about the “OSU Publications Internship” – and applied. The internship involved basic processing and laid the foundation for me to continue working at the OSU archives as a student employee while I got my MLS, and then as a temporary grant funded staff member.

What is your current position and what makes it unique?

I am currently Kansas State University’s Processing Archivist. In May of 2018 K-State’s Hale Library had a fire in their roof. Due to this, the entire building had to be emptied of all collections (library and archival) and moved off site. In ~December 2020 we are due to begin bringing the archival collections back into Hale. As the processing archivist I am responsible for collection management, so I play an enormous role in coordinating and planning the movement of all of K-State’s archival collections back into the building. K-State archives was also in the middle of transitioning between collection management systems when the fire happened, which adds another layer of complexity to this endeavor. Currently I have many, many spreadsheets. I am really looking forward to the day when I can physically process a collection again, but also have a hard time believing it will ever happen.

How did you get involved with SAA/SNAP?

Well, I am a new archives professional. I also am passionate about the value of student labor in the archives since I was a student employee or student intern for nearly 3 years in the archives, and 6 if I include the 3 years I spent as library page. I wouldn’t be here without my experience as a student employee, and I want to advocate for its value throughout my career.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy craft projects! I am proficient at sewing. I am an avid quilt maker. I also am interested in trying nearly any kind of craft if given the chance. I also really enjoy walking around my new town, since there isn’t much else I can do in a new place during the pandemic. In Oregon I enjoyed hiking.

Meet your SNAP Leaders: Steering Committee Member

Name: Carrie P. Mastley
SNAP Position: Steering Committee Member
Institution: Mississippi State University Libraries, Assistant Professor/Manuscripts Librarian
Years at position: 2 ½ years at institution, 1 year in position
Education: MLIS with Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections, University of Southern Mississippi, 2018; MA in English Literature, Mississippi State University, 2014; BA in English, Mississippi University for Women, 2008.

Greetings, all! Before becoming a librarian/archivist, I served as an educator and have taught English courses at secondary and post-secondary schools in California and Mississippi. However, I developed an interest in librarianship while teaching a research-intensive class at Mississippi State University and decided to return to school to pursue a MLIS with a concentration in archival science. While in my last semester of school in 2018, I landed my first archival job serving as a project archivist processing the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana at Mississippi State University Libraries. I served in this position for eighteen months before joining the faculty at the same institution as its Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. I have been in this position for just over a year, and I absolutely love my job.

Studio portrait of Carrie Mastley (photo by Beth Wynn / © Mississippi State University)

In addition to SNAP, I am a member of several other professional committees and groups. I’m currently serving on the Spotlight Awards Sub-committee of SAA’s Awards Committee. I’m also serving a term on the Board of Directors for my state-wide association, the Society of Mississippi Archivists. In addition, I have the pleasure of representing the archival profession as one of the co-chairs of the ALA’s New Members Round Table Endnotes Committee, which is responsible for facilitating the publishing of the organization’s journal, Endnotes, a national, peer-reviewed journal specifically for students and new library professionals. (If you are interested in publishing an article with us, please reach out to me! Archival works are welcomed and encouraged!)

When I am not working, I enjoy spending my time with my family, which is made up of my husband, Casey; two-year-old daughter, Cora; dogs, Penny and Scout; and cat, Atticus. We are also expecting a new addition to the family in March 2021. Her name is to be determined! 

I am proud to be serving as one of your SNAP Steering Committee Members and hope to be an advocate for aspiring and new archivists, especially during this strange time in which we find ourselves. If you have ideas or concerns that you would like to bring to SNAP leadership, I promise to serve as a safe/brave space to share those thoughts. I can be reached at cmastley@library.msstate.edu.   

Meet your SNAP Leaders: Steering Committee Member

Renae Rapp
SNAP Position: Steering Committee Member
Institution: SUNY Maritime College, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Archivist
Years at Position: Less than a year! I started in April 2020
Education: MSIS focus on Archives and Records Management (2017), MA in Public History (2019) both from University at Albany, SUNY

My journey to the archives profession started in my final year as an undergrad. I was an intern under the librarian/archivist of my university in a small town in Texas. It was the first collection I ever processed and I will never forget it. The collection was a large series of letters to and from (carbon copies) an English professor of the university from the 1940s until the 1960s, Loula Grace Erdman. She was more than a professor; she was also an author who wrote novels about the settlement of the Texas Panhandle.


One letter in particular that stayed with me was a carbon copy of letter Erdman wrote to a student taking her English class. This student expressed concern about her grade in the class and considered that she just was not a good writer. Erdman took the time to not only write a letter back, but also encourage the student that grades did not make you a bad or good writer. She also confessed that she struggled to believe that her own writing was good (even though at the time she was famous in the Panhandle of Texas).

At the time, I was struggling in my history class. Not only was it difficult, I also lost the passion to be a historian. I did not want to be a professor and did not know what else I could do with a Bachelor’s in History. It was that project and that letter that lead me to archives. It was my “ah ha” moment, “I want to be an archivist and I want to read more letters like this”. I realized I struggled in history classes because I wanted to read and experience the primary sources.


Eventually, I made it to graduate school in New York and joined SAA and SNAP almost immediately. My campus combined the three student chapters of ALA, SAA, and NYLA (New York Library Association) into the Information Science Student Association (ISSA). After a year of being ISSA’s web master, I lead the SAA student chapter.

I have a terrible habit of inserting myself into professional development opportunities, apparently being in SNAP was not enough. I joined SAA’s Awards Committee around 2018, became a steering committee member of SNAP, and somehow got involved in the SAA Mentorship Program planning committee. Since I am a lone arranger at SUNY Maritime College, I try to network and build networks as much as possible. One network I joined is a group of archivists/curators of maritime history.

Meet your SNAP Leaders: Secretary

Carady DeSimone
SNAP Position: Secretary
Institution: National Parks at the Southeast Archaeology Center
Years: 1 year
Education: MLIS with archival and information management graduate certificates at Wayne State University ; BA in English from University of Puget Sound

As Douglas Adams said, “I may not have ended up where I intended to go, but I think I’m right where I need to be.” I’m a bit of a “late bloomer” or “career change” archivist. However, looking back, I can see elements of archival theory in many of my previous positions, hobbies, and studies, going all the way back to 8th grade. [Don’t worry, I won’t start there!]

After college I wasn’t quite sure what to do – I had majored in English, and had exactly the wrong amount of experience for the highly competitive radio scene in Seattle [too much for street team and not enough for audio engineering]. Tired of the “when are you going to teach?” joke, for a few years I worked retail and played in a band. Since I already had stage experience, it was natural for me to support bands by staffing the PA in a pinch. After a couple years, I enlisted in the Navy. Coincidentally, the position I held on board the carrier involved maintenance of a wide variety of audio/visual components throughout the ship – including PA systems, closed-circuit TV, and telephones. This involved a crash course in low-voltage electrical engineering, which I thoroughly enjoyed – it wasn’t a huge leap from my previous experiences with stage lights, analog cameras, 35 mm film, and music. My affinity for spreadsheets and documentation proved essential to my division, and I served as the Divisional Librarian for a brief time.

As it would turn out, paperwork suited me much better than the extreme physical stressors involved with stripping the ship down – in some places, to the sheetmetal! – to repair and refurbish anything and everything. As I began to transfer out of the military, my administrative skills continued to serve me well. Post-military, I began taking engineering prerequisites at the local community college – I decided I would back my English degree with a BSEE, to work as a technical writer or editor. But I was destined to make one last course correction on my career path. Through some serendipitous studies, I was encouraged to abandon engineering for something that came much more naturally to me: Research.

As a partially disabled veteran nearing 30, adrift in a sea of uncertainty, I finally had a mission. I began charting my course to professional success, which sadly meant departing my adopted home of Tacoma, WA. I made a virtual port call at Wayne State University, where I completed not only an MLIS, but also their archival and information management graduate certificates.  I performed my practicum and capstone internship at Florida Tech, where my engineering background was invaluable to working with the Radiation, Inc. Archives, which documents scientific discoveries throughout the U.S. Space Race. I even worked on some of the same equipment on my ship!

Earlier this year I was inspired further when my ranty, rambling response to a survey resulted in an invitation to join the ranks of AWEF/AWEFund. Having previously been a ‘starving undergrad,’ student labor practices and policies have been on my radar prior to the pandemic. Working together with this team gave me the confidence to run for SNAP Secretary… and apparently y’all believe in me too!

Meet your SNAP Leaders: Chair

Brenna Edwards
SNAP Position: Chair
Institution: Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Manager for Digital Archives
Years at Position: Less than a year
Education: MLS with a focus in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; BS in Web Design, minor in theatre from Tennessee Tech University

Hello! My name is Brenna Edwards, and I am the Students and New Professionals (SNAP) Section Chair for 2020-2021. If you feel like you’ve seen my name for a few years in SNAP now, that’s because you have! I started volunteering with SNAP in late 2016 as the ex-officio student blog editor, then stayed on to be blog coordinator, then elected secretary, then vice-chair/chair-elect, and now chair! I’ve seen SNAP grow and change over the past four years, and I’m very excited to help it to keep growing and being a resource for students and new professionals. I currently work at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where I am the Manager for Digital Archives, where I started (remotely) at the beginning of July. My previous position was at the Rose Library at Emory University, where I was Project Digital Archivist for two years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Web Design, with a minor in theatre, from Tennessee Tech University, and my Master of Library Science with a focus in Archives and Records Management is from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I got into archives in a very roundabout way – I originally wanted to work in public libraries, then academic libraries, and then found archives. I did an archives internship my last semester at Tech and that cemented my interest in archives as a career path. In graduate school, I had the opportunity to work with digital archives through my graduate research assistant position with the Southern Historical Collection, which is how I got into the digital archives field, which was further expanded up on during my two years at Emory. Aside from SNAP, within the confines of SAA, I am the immediate past chair for the Manuscripts Section, a co-chair for the Performing Arts Section, and the Communications Liaison for the bloggERS Editorial Team, a part of the Electronic Records Section (yes, my email signature is absurdly long). If you have any questions about getting involved in SAA, please feel free to reach out to me!

Outside of SAA, I am part of regional organizations, such as the Society of Georgia Archivists, Society of North Carolina Archivists, and the Society of Southwest Archivists. I am also active in the American Theatre Archive Project and am one of the team leaders for the Atlanta Team, working with local theatres and dance studios to help them archive their legacies. When not working, I like to read, watch Netflix, listen to music, and do some light web design and maintenance! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @ForeverBren_x!

Taking the Leap: Participation in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium

This post was written by Cathy Miller, Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) Liaison for the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and chair of the RAAC Advocacy Committee.

When I was a new professional in the field, one of the best things to ever happen to me was an email I received from one of my professors encouraging me to get involved with my state archival association’s board. Without those encouraging words written to me back in 2013, I would not be writing this blog post to you today as the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) Liaison for the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and as chair of the RAAC Advocacy Committee. I’m so glad I took the leap into a new unknown. I wouldn’t be the archivist I am today without my participation in SGA and RAAC. It is with this preface that I write to you about the rewards to be reaped through becoming involved with the Regional Archival Associations Consortium.

What is the Regional Archival Associations Consortium, you may ask? The Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) was founded in 2013 to provide an official venue for information exchange among the leadership of regional archival associations, and among the regionals and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). (As a point of clarification, whenever the term “regional” is used in this blog post, it is meant to encompass multi-state, state, and local archival associations.) RAAC offers formal channels to coordinate efforts intra-state, interstate, and with SAA which facilitate streamlining actions, reducing costs, and increasing services to archivists around the nation.

Originally, membership in RAAC was only open to the RAAC representatives selected by their respective regional archival associations. In 2020, the RAAC Steering Committee made the decision to continue having designated representatives from the multi-state, state, and local associations, but we also wanted to encourage anyone else involved with their regional association to join! RAAC’s membership is now open to anyone with a SAA account. Information on how to join RAAC can be found at the end of this blog post.

RAAC also includes committees devoted to advocacy, disaster planning and recovery, education, grant development, and public awareness. Through the Membership Committee, RAAC holds the responsibility of updating and maintaining the Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada page of the SAA website.  As a member, we encourage you to join one of RAAC’s committees and help contribute to RAAC’s growing list of goals and accomplishments:

  • Establishing formal communication lines for regionals to report local advocacy issues to SAA and to ask for advocacy assistance.
  • Collaborations with SAA committees and sections, such as the Advocacy & Public Awareness Committees’ work with SAA’s Committee on Public Policy, Committee on Public Awareness, and the Issues & Advocacy Section.
  • Creating a document repository for regional archival associations that includes sample bylaws & constitutions, advocacy & outreach documents, Archives Month resources, brochures/forms, and education workshops. 
  • The Grant Development Subcommittee’s creation of an easy go-to list of Federal and State grant opportunities.
  • A list of disaster planning and response resources, including international, national, and regional level information.
  • Holding a symposium in 2016 that focused on the interests of our nation’s regional archival associations.

In our eight years of existence, RAAC has sought to build bridges across regional archival associations and to assist regionals on matters of advocacy, disaster preparedness, education, and more. We are excited to have opened our membership to any interested regional archival association members and look forward to engaging in conversations that will help to advance projects and initiatives of local, state, and multi-state archival associations. If you would like to get involved with RAAC, please become a member and serve on one of RAAC’s committees. To learn more about our committees, please visit our microsite and/or feel free to send any questions you have to raaconsortium@gmail.com.

How To Join RAAC

To join: RAAC appears in the same place where you can join/leave SAA Sections. From a user’s My Profile page (mysaa.archivists.org/saaprofile), you should navigate to “My Groups,” where you will find RAAC among the “Sections Available” area. RAAC appears on page 4 of that list.

Don’t have an SAA login? Anyone can create an SAA login for free – membership is not required! Anyone who wishes to join the RAAC listserv will need to create a login to access and sign up. Login or create a new account here: mysaa.archivists.org/NC__Login