Society of American Archivists Council Resolution Honoring AWE Fund

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) Council recognized the AWE Fund organizing committee’s efforts ahead of this year’s annual conference.

The SAA Council also acknowledged the ad hoc committee’s efforts during the SAA Annual Membership Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. In her remarks, SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont stated:

You’ve heard the story: a committed group of members brought to the SAA Foundation Board an idea to establish a fund to support archives workers who are unemployed or precariously employed due to the pandemic… The review group was established. Turns out that part was easy. The hard part was developing a rubric for evaluating applications, promoting both the availability of the fund and donations to it, compiling applications doing the emotionally challenging labor of evaluating them weekly, and then figuring out how to get funds into the hands of individuals experiencing precarity, all in the midst of a pandemic. It pretty much does take a village.

Nancy Beaumont, SAA Annual Business Meeting, August 5, 2020

SAA President Meredith Evans remarked:

We honor 22 individuals today who collectively are known as organizers of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund… These folks came together to propose creation of a fund to provide financial assistance for archival workers experiencing difficulty unanticipated financial hardship due to the pandemic their extraordinary efforts from proposing the fund to the SAA Foundation Board to raising more than $106,000 from nearly 800 donors to distributing the much needed funds to more than 140 archival workers leaves us in all, we thank them for their truly extraordinary efforts.

SAA President Meredith Evans, SAA Annual Business Meeting, August 5, 2020

The AWE Fund started four months ago as a proposal to help archival workers experiencing hardship due to to the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to nearly 750 generous individual and organizational donors, the AWE Fund has distributed more than $123,000 to 143 archival colleagues in need to date. Thank you to the 26 SAA Sections that contributed more than $6,100 and to the SAA Foundation for the seed funding of $15,000. Thank you to everyone who contributed and if you are in need, please apply! Thank you, SAA Council, for this recognition of our community, creativity, and resolve in the face of a pandemic!

Read the full text of the resolution below or on the SAA website:

Society of American Archivists Council Resolution Honoring Organizers of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund

WHEREAS the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) was established in 2020 by the SAA Foundation to provide financial assistance for archival workers experiencing acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS the AWEF was created based on a proposal developed by an ad hoc group of concerned archivists led by Jessica Chapel and Lydia Tang and comprising Steven D. Booth, Alison Clemens, Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Jennifer Coggins, Courtney Dean, Steve Duckworth, Carady DeSimone, Rebecca Goldman, Irene Hauzinger, Katharina Hering, Hayley Hinsberger, Valencia Johnson, Carli Lowe, Bridget Malley, Sarah McLusky, Rebecca Thayer, Lauren White, Jen Wachtel, Amy Wickner, and Katrina Windon; and

WHEREAS the ad hoc group also gathered resources relating to remote work, archival labor, mutual aid, access to unemployment benefits, and other relief efforts for archival workers based in the United States who are navigating rapidly changing conditions during the COVID-19 emergency; and

WHEREAS since the launch of the fund 740 donors have contributed more than $105,000 (as of July 2020), in addition to the SAA Foundation Board’s contribution of $21,000 in funding; and;

WHEREAS the AWEF Review Committee, comprising individuals from the ad hoc group and SAA Foundation Board members, has provided, as of July 2020, more than $121,000 to 141 applicants;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the organizers of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund be honored with a 2020 SAA Council Resolution for their work in creating a relief aid program designed to support archival colleagues affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  

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.

#Auction4AWEfund in 3, 2, 1, …


The Persistent Stitches #Auction4AWEfund begins today, July 1, 2020 at 6pm ET (5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT)! We have a total of 22 crafters participating who have donated over 60 hand-crafted items for the auction block! With a goal of $3,000 we hope you will think ahead to your end-of-year gift giving, any special birthdays or other anniversaries coming up, and bid on an item or two (or more!). 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, and 100% of the dollars donated to the Fund go directly into the hands of our colleagues in financial crisis. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the many items available!PinkDrops3 - Carli LowePink Drop Earrings by Carli Lowe. These earrings hang off of copper ear wires (can be replaced with silver upon request) with one section of pink and amber beads followed by a larger pink bead with a dark brown edging that mimics the look of a cross-section of log. Top beads are glass and plastic with brass spacers. Larger bead is a plastic piece derived from a vintage necklace. Earrings hang three inches from top of ear wire. Bidding begins at $40.00. IMG_4755 - Becky Briggs BeckerCrochet Llama Amish Puzzle Ball by Becky Briggs BeckerThe Crochet Llama Amish Puzzle Ball, or Amamani Puzzle Ball, is a plush toy llama that measures 12 inches tall from ears to feet and 8 inches wide from front to tail. This customized plush is adapted from a pattern by crochet Amish puzzle ball designer Dedri Uys. Amish or Amamani puzzle balls are made with wedges sewn together into rings, then fitted together to construct the plush. It is made with Red Heart Super Saver Fair Isle Derby yarn, a 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn with white, navy, magenta, spring green, and tan stripes and flecks. Plush contains 3 segments. Plush contains small parts that when broken are not suitable for children under 3 years. Machine washable. Bidding starts at $35.00.IMG_3072 - Diana SandersonHand-Stitched Blank Journal by The Crafty Tiger. This hand-stitched, leather cover black journal has 5 signatures with fountain pen & ink-friendly paper. Each signature is wrapped with colorful, textured cardstock. A decorative beaded accent on the spine and closes with a braided string and button. Bidding starts at $25.00.20190518_073636-e1558184962241Curious Crows Embroidery by Anna Clutterbuck-Cook. Cotton print in green with white vines and black birds embellished with pink embroidery floss down the center. Ready to hang in a 6″ bamboo embroidery hoop, backed with wool felt. Bidding starts at $10.00.F887E4FF-E2FD-4244-B8E0-8AFED790F6BD - Jessica JohnsonNotorious Dissent Cowl by JessicaA cowl reminiscent of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent collar, worked in Ancient Arts Nettle DK “Fog Warning“ (blue) and Manos Del Rio Feliz “Autumn” (multicolor), both wool blends. Pattern is by Carissa Browning. Bidding starts at $30.00. IMG_6269 - Sarah McLuskyAssorted Bookmarks by Sarah McLusky (5 packs available). Set of 6-7 bookmarks made from postcards and decorative greeting cards. Size varies; most are 1″-1.5″ wide and 5.5″-7″ long. All bundles are different but contain bookmarks with a variety of patterns. Bidding starts at $3.00. baby - Michelle SweetserBaby Quilt by Michelle Sweetser. 37″x41″ baby quilt featuring alternating 9-patch and square in a square blocks in magenta, pink, teal, and gray. 100% cotton, made in a smoke-free, pet-free home. Bidding starts at $35.00. 

Visit the auction site to view all available items.
The auction will close at 9pm ET on July 4, 2020.

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

Call for Crafters: Persistent Stitches’ #Auction4AWEfund!


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

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.