Case Studies

The Case Studies Series provides SAA component groups the opportunity to develop and edit a set of freely accessible works relating to a closely-defined area of archival theory or practice. Case Studies are typically 1,500 to 5,000 words in length and serve as examples of archival practice or illustrate issues worthy of broad discussion and debate. 


  • Click here for the series overview and to learn how to develop cases for your own group.
  • Click here for Case Studies RUBRIC (for reviewers).

Available series:

Campus Case Studies

Reports by university archivists who have created working solutions for a wide range of topics including managing born-digital records, collaborations with institutional repositories, and developing records management policies for an institution. 

Case Studies in Archival Ethics

These case studies are drawn from real life. They address one or more of the areas covered by the Code of Ethics for Archivists: professional judgment in carrying out basic archival tasks, protecting records authenticity, access to and use of records, professional relationships with donors or users, privacy issues, ensuring security against theft, and questions of trust in archivists’ conduct.

Case Studies on Diversifying the Archival Record

The issue of diversity has long been central to the archives profession. SAA's Strategic Plan (2013‒2018) thoroughly embeds the concept of diversity. In addition, SAA’s Core Values Statement also reflects SAA's commitment to helping to diversify the archival record. These case studies are drawn from real life and illustrate diversity in the archival record and/or unique efforts to collect and document a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations. 

Government Records Case Studies

Designed to facilitate an understanding of issues related to the management of government archives and records. Theses case studies address challenges faced by archives responsible for government records, including but not limited to: advocacy, (re)appraisal, custody issues, starting a records program, digitization projects, born-digital records, preservation, access, accountability and transparency.