#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

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

Join the AWE Fund Organizers!

The AWE Fund was first approved by the SAA Foundation on April 8, 2020. Since then, we’ve been working on a variety of projects. Many of us focused on working with the Foundation to raise and distribute money from the fund, but we’ve also – to name two initiatives – surveyed archival workers about their … Continue reading Join the AWE Fund Organizers!

#Auction4AWEfund … Take 2!

Calling all snowbound and stir-crazy archivists and crafters who support archival workers! As we head into what is projected to be a difficult and hearbreaking season, in the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States, the AWE Fund Organizing Committee has, once again, teamed up with the crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches … Continue reading #Auction4AWEfund … Take 2!