#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

Thought Cafe – November 18, 2pm ET

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

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