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 December 2020 surveys on our website.
Responses will be used for research purposes. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. U.S.-based archival workers who have been employed in the archives field at any time between January 2021 and present are eligible to participate.
The survey will close on July 27.
To learn more and participate: https://forms.gle/yT2Wk4v8eJxkYYty7
Please contact the PI with any questions or concerns:
University of Maryland, College Park
2216 Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
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 the distribution of monetary support to our colleagues remain the most pressing need to dedicate our time and attention to? If not through distribution of funds, how else can we address the ongoing precarity entrenched in our profession? How can we join forces with other solidarity and mutual aid initiatives established by LAM workers?
The needs that inspired the creation of the AWE Fund persist, as does the will to be there for one another and dismantle systems that make mutual aid a necessity. The Organizing Committee will be discussing our way forward. We invite you to participate in that conversation with us.
On January 28, 2022, at 11amPT/1pmCT/2pmET, please join us to talk about what the AWE Fund has meant to you and add your perspective as we imagine our next phase. Register for the Zoom link. You can also follow us on Twitter (@AWEfund2020), sign up for our mailing list, or join the AWE Fund Organizing Committee.
As we prepare to bid good riddance to 2020, now is a good time to give to the AWE Fund. If supporting archival workers through this time of crisis is not enough inspiration – which for hundreds of you (over 800!!) it has been – now there is also a tax incentive. To encourage giving in 2020, the IRS is allowing people who don’t usually itemize their taxes to take up to a $300 deduction for donations to qualifying organizations. This includes gifts to the AWE Fund through the SAA Foundation, as long as you make them before December 31, 2020.
Since its inception, the AWE Fund has distributed funds to over 160 archival workers, serving as both a buffer against financial precarity and a statement that our community has each other’s backs. With the extension of the AWE Fund’s pilot period to June 30, 2021, and the continuation of the crisis that makes it necessary, we continue to be grateful for the individuals and organizations that have contributed time, money, and energy to making the fund sustainable.
Are small monthly gifts more your style? Please consider setting up a recurring donation through our Coffee for Colleagues campaign.
You can find useful information about the AWE Fund, including how to apply for funds, at our linktree.