The South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) announces its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, via Zoom. The conference theme will be “Crossroads.” The year of the pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, but it also ushered in opportunities for growth and rebirth. The same holds true for archival institutions, including the physical spaces, collections, projects, workflows, staffing, and services offered. Tentatively, the slate of sessions will range from individual and group presentations to panel discussions and will include the annual business meeting.


This meeting will feature opening and closing keynotes by Jermaine Fowler, author and producer of The Humanity Archive, and Micha Broadnax, project manager for the Black Teacher Archive at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fowler and Broadnax's work sheds light on giving voice to underrepresented minorities in archives, and they will be speaking about their work as it pertains to this year’s theme, “Crossroads.”


In many ways the archival world is at a crossroads in finding more effective ways of documenting, preserving, and providing access to the histories of underrepresented minority groups. This work not only applies to the collections that archivists steward, but in the spaces shared with colleagues, other library professionals, and users.


Registration for the conference will open in September 2021. Links to the Zoom sessions will be provided in the Annual Meeting schedule and on the Events page of the SCAA website.

Registration Fees

SCAA 2016 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting 

“Sights and Sounds of South Carolina” 

Friday, October 28, 2016 

Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton SC 29325 

9:30 am to 4:00 pm 

The theme for the South Carolina Archival Association’s 2016 Fall Conference is “Sights and Sounds of South Carolina”, focusing on the rich audio and visual resources housed throughout the state in museums, archives, and libraries.  South Carolina not only has a wealth of photographic archives, but a growing trove of oral histories as well as video and sound / musical recordings.  Making this wide variety of materials discoverable and accessible always challenges us as professionals to think outside the box and to creatively highlight these unique materials. 

This year’s keynote speaker is civil rights photographer Mr. Cecil Williams, an eyewitness to and chronicler of many important events of the civil rights movement and of social change in South Carolina.  He will not only share his experiences during this dynamic time in local and national history, and but also his current project to catalog and preserve thousands of negatives and images in his vast body of work, working in tandem with Claflin College in Orangeburg. 

A Call for Proposals will be posted shortly to the SCAA website, the SCAA Facebook page, and distributed via email.  Additional conference details will also be provided, along with information regarding registration. 

Save the date for the 2015 Un-Conference! 

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

Location: Columbia – SCDAH facilities


Official Title: Bridge Builders: Connecting Archives with Your Community

Call For Participants coming soon!

 PALMCOP/SCAA Spring Workshop

Every collection is susceptible to damage from water – whether from floods, hurricanes, burst pipes, or from structural leaks. This presentation and hands-on workshop will give participants information regarding salvage of affected collections and experience in recovery of waterlogged materials.

Experienced collections conservator, Ann Frellsen, who assisted along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and is a member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), will lead the one-day workshop on how to recover collections after the water recedes.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in the salvage of typical library and archives materials. Participants will also learn the importance of teamwork in managing an emergency response, including safety, public relations, and the recovery of wet materials.

Workshop Location: James A. Rogers Library at Francis Marion University
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration is full. Contact Virginia Ellison to be added to the waitlist.