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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWE Fund Updates
Join the Archival Workers Collective on Friday, November 18th at 2pm ET for an experimental “Thought Café” – an informal networking and information exchange session. Sign up to share your brief (less than 10 minutes) talk of rage or hope* about archival labor issues. What are your next steps? What do you need to move … Continue reading Thought Cafe – November 18, 2pm ET
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
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
The sunsetting of the AWE Fund on December 31, 2021, was a moment of transition. To discuss questions and ideas, we’ll organize an online community forum on January 28, 2022. Do we have the capacity and know-how to carry the AWE Fund forward as a mutual aid organization independent of SAA? Does solely focusing on … Continue reading Future of the AWE FUND Community Forum January 28, 2022
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