Thursday, June 07, 2018

Georgia Archives Month Spotlight Grant

We are now accepting applications for the Georgia Archives Months Spotlight Grant. 

The Georgia Archives Month Spotlight on Archives Grant is intended to help archives, museums, or heritage institutions in Georgia promote public awareness of their archives and manuscript collections during Georgia Archives Month in October. This year, there will be one award of $500; award monies are intended to be used by the selected institution to fund an event to be held during Georgia Archives Month in October 2018 and the money can be used for the event's expenses. Our 2018 theme is "Faces and Places: Documenting Diversity during Georgia Archives Month"

You can get your application and specific details HERE:

Find the link for the GAM 2018 Spotlight on Archives Grant Application, and apply today. The deadline is June 15

While you are there, check out events hosted by 2017's winners!  Good luck!

Georgia Archives Month Committee

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Catherine Hendricks has joined the University of West Georgia’s Special Collections as Processing Archivist.

Catherine Hendricks has joined the University of West Georgia’s Special Collections as Processing Archivist. She earned the M.A. in History and a Graduate Certificate in Public History from the University of West Georgia in 2008, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 1991.  In addition, she holds undergraduate degrees in English and sociology and journalism. Catherine’s previous work at the University of West Georgia has included serving as project director for the Thomas B. Murphy State Capitol Office Replication Project, co-director of the Powder Springs Project, and as coordinator of numerous programs and travelling exhibits.  Prior to her employment at the University of West Georgia, Catherine worked for ten years as Academic Assistant to the Provost at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, and, previous to that, was assistant director of the Savannah Science Museum, Savannah, Georgia, for six years, also serving for a year as the acting director. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Georgia Archives Month!


Georgia Archives Month (GAM) is an exciting and important month for archivists and archival institutions in Georgia. GAM was officially recognized in 2000 thanks to a proclamation made by Governor Roy Barnes. GAM is sponsored by the Society of Georgia Archivists. For the first six years, GAM events took place during the course of one week in October, but in 2007, these events began to extend throughout the course of the entire month.

This year's theme for GAM is "Come on in Y'all: Accessible Archives in Georgia." There are so many great ways that Georgia archival institutions are making their collections accessible to the public, and the SGA Outreach Team wants to highlight these awesome ideas all month. Whether it's processing a new collection, advocating for your repository, or developing new outreach tools - we want to hear about it! Email to share your GAM announcements and experiences.

To learn more about the history of the Society of Georgia Archivists and Georgia Archives Month, visit

Monday, August 21, 2017

Let's Advocate!

As archivists, we know that advocating for our profession is a crucial part of our work. The Academy of Certified Archivists includes advocacy within one of the seven main domains of the archival profession. ACA explains that archivists must “develop an understanding of, and support for, the archival program among resource allocators, key constituents, potential donors, allied professionals, and other internal and external stakeholders to the archives’ parent organization” (ACA Exam Handbook 21). Advocating for our profession can take many forms – public programming, meetings with local and state politicians, donor relations, fundraising, activism, etc. For the Society of Georgia Archivists, activism kicked into high gear roughly five years ago when the future of the Georgia Archives was in danger. Now that this threat has passed, it is time to start thinking about advocacy in a long-term sense. While issue-based advocacy is important, it is also necessary to engage in a steady rhythm of advocacy so that our community understands the value of what we do.

The SGA Outreach Team has made it a point to focus on advocacy for fall 2017. We are excited to see the inroads we can make in Georgia to help inform our community of the archival profession. Here are some ideas we are considering…

-        Developing an advocacy “workflow” for current and future members of the SGA Outreach Team

-        Setting up meetings with our local and state politicians to discuss our purpose as archivists

-        Inviting stakeholders to SGA events

-        Targeting SGA social media to address issues specifically related to advocacy   

SGA Members with Governor Nathan Deal at the 2016 Georgia Archives Month Proclamation Signing

What other ideas do you have for advocacy? Let us know!!