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#AWE Fund

Our group formed in March 2020 to organize aid for archival workers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Working with the SAA Foundation, we established the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (or AWE Fund, for short), which distributed more than $160,000 to archival workers in need from April 2020 to December 2021. Learn more about our activities through this site.

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


AWE Fund Updates

Archival Workers Collective Spring 2022 Survey

The Archival Workers Collective (formerly the Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee) invites U.S.-based archival workers to participate in an anonymous survey investigating employment and worker experiences since January 2021, as we enter a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third installment in a series; see reports from the July 2020 and … Continue reading Archival Workers Collective Spring 2022 Survey

Announcing the Archival Workers’ Collective

It’s hard to imagine that the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) was established two years ago this month! In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was ripping throughout the world and archival repositories were quickly shuttering. While some workplaces transitioned their employees to work remotely, archival workers on social media were reporting furloughs and layoffs … Continue reading Announcing the Archival Workers’ Collective

Envisioning the Next Steps

You may have seen the recent message from SAA (Society of American Archivists) announcing the decision to sunset the SAA Foundation’s facilitation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) on December 31, 2021, the end of the current pilot period. Responding to immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the AWE Fund has provided … Continue reading Envisioning the Next Steps

Coffee for Colleagues September 2021 Update: A Moment of Transition

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. You may have seen an email through our “Coffee for Colleagues” GoFundMe informing you that GoFundMe will no longer be able to process recurring donations after September 30, 2021. This change comes at a moment of transition for the AWE Fund. In addition … Continue reading Coffee for Colleagues September 2021 Update: A Moment of Transition