COVID-19 Impact on Archival Workers Survey Launched

The Archival Workers Emergency Fund organizers have created an anonymous survey to continue to keep a pulse on the scope and extent of the impact of COVID-19 on precariously employed archival workers.

As libraries and archives respond to the spread of COVID-19 and take steps to reduce the impact of the epidemic and prevent transmission of the virus, many institutions have closed, reduced hours, or required staff to work from home. Additionally, many libraries are currently facing or anticipating budget shortfalls in the coming year due to ongoing repercussions in the economy due to COVID-19.

Please take the survey by July 31!

Be a #Craftivist: Join the #Auction4AWEfund!

Do you make things with your mind, heart, and hands? Do you have a stash of crafting supplies? Whatever your medium, we are calling on you to put your creativity to work on behalf of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund! In less than two months, the AWE Fund has raised nearly $100,000 and disbursed cash grants to over 100 archival workers in crisis due to covid-19. As the end of the fiscal year approaches and many organizations are preparing to implement austerity budgets amidst the pandemic, the AWE Fund Orgaanizing Committee anticipates another wave of need in our community.

The Persistent Stitches #Auction4AWEfund online silent auction will be held July 1-4, 2020 to help us raise the funds to address this need. We are currently recruiting crafters! The deadline to submit items for auction is Monday, June 15th.

Submit your auction items here

We currently have eight crafters with a total of eighteen items ready to list for auction. Our goal is to have no fewer than 30 crafters with a total of at least 50 items on offer, raising no less than $3,000 during the four-day auction. Can you help us? 

  • Create items to donate for auction!
  • Spread the word far and wide through your networks!
  • Save those auction dates and prepare to signal boost our craftivists‘ offerings!

Questions? Reach out to the auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at persistentstitches@gmail.com.

Call for Crafters: Persistent Stitches’ #Auction4AWEfund!

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Calling all crafty archivists and crafters who support archival workers! The crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches and the AWE Fund Organizers have teamed up to host an online silent auction July 1-4, 2020.

As the covid-19 pandemic unfolds across the United States, many cultural heritage institutions and other organizations that employ archival workers have reduced staffing, pay, and hours, throwing many households into financial chaos. Administered through the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund was created to provide mutual aid grants of up to $1,000 to U.S. archival workers in acute financial crisis. Since it was launched on April 15th, the fund has provided cash assistance to 88 individuals. We anticipate that, as the economic impact of this crisis continues, many more colleagues will be in need of aid. If you are a crafty archivist or a crafter who would like to support archival workers with your creativity and labor, please consider donating your work to our silent auction!

The deadline for submission of items for auction is Monday, June 15th at 11:59pm ET (UTC -5). 

The auction will accept all handcrafted items (excluding food or bath/body products for health and safety reasons). Examples of the type of items you might think of crafting:

  • Greeting cards
  • Knitted scarves, hats, shawls, socks …
  • Crocheted baby blankets, washcloths, pocketbooks …
  • Jewelry
  • Original artwork in any medium
  • Quilted wall hangings, table runners, pot holders …
  • Cloth napkins, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags …
  • Toys
  • Pottery
  • Woodwork
  • Poetry chapbook, graphic novel, short story collection …

… please let your creativity shine! 

We ask that the item(s) be completed at the time of submission to ensure prompt delivery following confirmation of the winning bidder’s donation to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. 

Crafters should submit their items using this online form and will receive an email follow-up to confirm their donation details. Items will be posted to the auction site with a minimum bid. We will contact crafters after the auction closes and the donation is verified, so that they may send their item(s) to the donor(s).

Please direct questions to auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at persistentstitches@gmail.com

Thank you for considering a donation to the auction,
and please share the call widely!

Artwork CC-BY-SA 2020 C. DeSimone.

Double Your Donation

Make your donation to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund go further!

When you give to support your fellow archival workers on Wednesday, April 22, the AWEF Organizing Committee will match every dollar, up to $5,000.

To date, 70 applications have been received for AWEF support, with new applications submitted each day. The Review Committee is completing the first round of evaluations this week.

Your generosity means that the AWEF can aid more archival workers experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19.

Help us reach our goal to unlock the full $5,000 match. Any amount helps! Donate now.

SAA Foundation Launches AWE Fund

The Society of American Archivists Foundation announces the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Applications will open on April 15 at 3:00 pm CT.

Continue reading the announcement from the SAA Foundation.