Dear Colleague,


College and university archives vary widely throughout the United States. The College & University Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) hopes to identify similarities and differences, explore the types of administrative structures, and determine what areas of responsibilities college and university archives’ staff have. We aim to share our research results with the archival community through the C&U Section website, publication, and presentations.


In order to do so, the Section is conducting a 32-question survey using the survey tool Qualtrics through Bowling Green State University. We would be especially appreciative if you would share this opportunity with archival professionals in your organization, who may be good candidates for participation but are active outside of SAA. We ask those who are willing to participate to identify one responder for each college or university archives. 


The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Those taking the survey can stop participating at any time. The survey is anonymous and all records will be kept confidential. Before taking the survey, respondents will be asked to give their consent to collect the data. The survey will remain open until February 5, 2021. 


For questions about participants’ rights in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Chair, Institutional Review Board (; 419.372.7716).


We appreciate your collegiality and assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this study. 



Michelle Sweetser, PI, Chair of C&U Archives Section 


C&U Archives Section Survey Working Group

Tamar Chute

Elizabeth James

Ann Kenne

Jane Metters LaBarbara

Krista Oldham

Emily Reiher

Karen Trivette