#AWE Fund

Our group formed in March 2020 to organize aid for archival workers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Since then, we have worked with the SAA Foundation to establish the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (or AWE Fund, for short).

Applications to the AWE Fund are open. All archival workers are eligible. SAA membership is not required. Support of up to $1,000 will be given.


Learn more about the application guidelines.

Support your fellow archival workers. Every donation helps.


Please note: If you are not an SAA member, you may be asked to create an account to login before donating. This is for security — you do not have to be an SAA member or join the SAA to donate.

For more information about the AWE Fund Organizing Committee, please email awefund@gmail.com.

AWE Fund Updates

AWE Fund at SAA 2021!

Want to dig more into the work of the AWE Fund and discuss related issues surrounding labor and mutual aid in the archives? You’re in luck – there will be multiple opportunities to do just this at the virtual 2021 Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting. Consider attending one or more of these events: … Continue reading AWE Fund at SAA 2021!

A Belated Thank You for Celebrating the AWE Fund’s Birthday with Us

It’s not always easy to enjoy birthdays in these pandemic times, but this community of archival workers and archives fans came together to make the AWE Fund’s birthday week truly celebratory. Thank you to the 40+ new individuals who gave through the Coffee for Colleagues GoFundMe. Recurring small gifts through this platform ensure the AWE … Continue reading A Belated Thank You for Celebrating the AWE Fund’s Birthday with Us

Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee Annual Report, 2020-2021

Prepared by Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Katharina Hering, Lydia Tang, and Jennifer Wachtel, April 2021 (Access this report in Word (.docx) or PDF formats) Overview In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, as repositories were closing and many archival workers were losing their jobs or getting furloughed, Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang began brainstorming … Continue reading Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee Annual Report, 2020-2021

AWE Fund, One Year Later

Dear friends, It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since COVID changed our lives. The Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee members want to sincerely thank every one of you for your solidarity through this difficult year. On March 13, 2020, Jessica Chapel first sent the call out for organizing on the … Continue reading AWE Fund, One Year Later