Join the AWE Fund Organizers!

See? Archives Dino (my contribution to the 1st craft auction) thinks you should join us, too.

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 pandemic experiences and hosted virtual panel discussions about archival labor. 

Our organizing committee is also planning our first book club discussion for one of our February meetings, and our second craft auction is accepting entries for sale through Feb. 1!

We know it can be difficult to jump in to an existing group, but we’d love to have you join us, suggest new ideas, or even just drop in to a meeting to see what we’re up to!

This doc in our Google Group has more information about keeping up with the organizing committee. It also has contact info if you have questions, want to drop in to a meeting, or otherwise work with us!

(Currently, that’s my – Sarah McLusky‘s – contact info, but if you join us and discover a sudden urge to share the AWEsomeness of the AWE Fund with the world, it could one day be yours!)

Supporting our colleagues: Black archives, libraries, museums, and related organizations

The AWE Fund was established by archivists to help archivists. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues. As we head into an extremely challenging fiscal year for memory workers and organizations, please consider supporting the institutions and organizations, listed on this Google sheet, that collect material related to Black history and culture and/or support Black archivists and librarians.

This list includes a mixture of standalone archives/libraries/museums, collections/programs housed within larger institutions, and consortia/collectives/groups. The list is not complete. Please leave a comment in the Google sheet with the name and website or contact info for any organizations you believe should be added.

For further reading, we recommend the google doc BLM PROTEST ARCHIVING RESOURCES, and (for those in the UK) Anti-Racism Resources for UK Archivists.