Diversity Award


Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 2011 and intended to address SAA’s Strategic Priority on Diversity, this award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity.


Open to an individual, group, or organization. To encourage SAA member participation, preference may be given to SAA individual and/or institutional members.

Nomination Requirements:

Two letters of support. Nominations will be accepted from any individual, group, or institution. 

Sponsor and Funding:

Society of American Archivists Foundation.


Up to two awards may be given each year. The prize will include a certificate and one complimentary registration per awardee to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

First Awarded:


Selection Committee:

The Diversity Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Diversity Committee) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). Of the three remaining members, one shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term.  The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair and shall present the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAA Annual Meeting.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.  CLICK HERE to download the application form.


Diversity Award Recipients:

2012: The Chicano Studies Research Center

2013:  Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University 
          Joan Krizack, Archives Consultant
          Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library

2014:  Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program, University of Houston
          Jennifer O'Neal, University of Oregon Libraries

2015:  The Shorefront Legacy Center
         Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

2016:   SAA Latin American and Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable webinar series, “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders”

2017:   Texas Disability History Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries AND Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries