• 21 Aug 2018 2:09 PM | Brittan Nannenga (Administrator)

    Amber Dushman, Meghan P. Kennedy, and George Kutsunis recently shared their thoughts on starting and maintaining association archives, collecting digital materials, and leveraging historical assets in an article in the August issue of Association Forum Magazine. You can read the full article here.

    Congratulations to Amber, Meghan, and George!

    This article was a joint effort by archivists of CAA’s Membership and Association Interest Group. If you are interested in learning more about the interest groups, please visit their page. Joining an Interest Group is easy! Email for more information.

  • 13 Aug 2018 1:16 PM | Brittan Nannenga (Administrator)

    Going to SAA this year? Chicago Area Archivists invites CAA members, friends, and fellow travelers to a meet-up during the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference in Washington, D. C., at Duke's Counter.  Join us for dinner or a drink (each person is responsible for their own food/drink), chat about the conference, catch up with old friends and meet a few new. 

    WHAT: CAA @ SAA Conference Meet-Up

    WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm

    WHERE: Duke's Counter, 3000 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

    WHO: CAA members, students, significant others, fellow travelers, and old friends and new are welcome to attend.

    Register here!

  • 23 Jul 2018 9:36 AM | Brittan Nannenga (Administrator)

    It’s time for CAA’s 2nd Annual Summer Cookout! Please join your fellow archivists for an afternoon of food and fun in one of our beautiful local forest preserves. The Summer Cookout is potluck-style, so everyone is encouraged to bring something to share. Please add what you plan to bring on the potluck spread sheet.

    WHAT: CAA Summer Cookout

    WHEN: Sunday, August 5th, 12 p.m.

    WHERE: La Bagh Woods Forest Preserve, 5275 Cicero Ave., Chicago IL

    CAA has reserved Picnic Grove 3

    Friends and family are welcome to join us for this event! CAA has reserved a picnic shelter, so the cookout will go on, rain or shine, and bring lawn games if you’d like. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in Cook County Forest Preserves as long as they are NOT in glass bottles. Cans or boxes are allowed. Any type of food/beverage or supplies like ice/coolers/charcoal are welcome. We will be grilling so any meat or veggies for the grill are encouraged!

    Register Here!

    For more information about this event contact

    Can’t make it to this event? Don’t worry – there will be more events throughout the year at a variety of dates, times, and locations

  • 01 May 2018 10:15 AM | Hathaway Hester

    CAA thanks all who attended the Tour of SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center on April 26.  11 people attended and saw a lot of cool materials from their 3,200 fashion publications, scholarly texts, fashion magazines, contemporary designer biographies & interviews, and more than 800 videos of ready-to-wear and couture runway presentations, technical instruction, interviews, fashion history, and annual student fashion shows. Alex Aubry, the Director of the Fashion Resource Center, also showed us samples from their garment collection.

    If you missed this event, don’t worry – there will be more events throughout the year at a variety of dates, times, and locations.

    Have an idea for a CAA event? Contact the CAA Programming Subcommittee at with your suggestions.

  • 13 Mar 2018 1:53 PM | Erin Matson (Administrator)

    To all members of Chicago Area Archivists:

    Please consider joining a CAA subcommittee! If you are looking to become involved in Chicago’s archives community, this is a great opportunity to gain experience while expanding your network. Leadership opportunities are also available as subcommittee chairs are needed as well. CAA is a great way to gain local leadership experience while giving back to your professional community.

    This is an exciting time to be involved in CAA because we have reorganized our subcommittee structure in order to more effectively serve and engage with the archives community. This was done with thoughtful input by the subcommittees themselves and with the overall goal of streamlining our programming.

    Subcommittees are a great way to become more acquainted with local archivists, make changes at the ground level, and implement your ideas. CAA has experienced significant increase in size as well as in its diversity of programming in recent years, and we encourage your participation in this growth.

    Beginning with CAA’s new term on April 4, 2018, CAA’s new Subcommittee structure will be as follows:

    • Programming Subcommittee will be responsible for programming geared toward our member base, including social events, archives salons, panels, lectures, tours, and Day of Service.
      • New members needed

    • Outreach and Member Engagement Subcommittee will be responsible for social media coordination, membership recruitment and analytics, new member referral incentive planning, and advocacy.
    • New members needed
    • Chair or co-chairs needed

    • Special Events Subcommittee will be responsible for the planning and execution of Chicago Open Archives.
    • New members needed
    • Chair or co-chairs needed

    More information will be shared at the CAA Annual Members’ Meeting on April 4 (registration closes 3/28). You will also have an opportunity to speak to current CAA leadership. If you have any questions in the meantime, or to volunteer to chair or become a member of a subcommittee,  please contact

  • 13 Mar 2018 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from Steering Committee member Megan Keller Young about the time and commitment needed for Steering.

    Serving on the Steering Committee is an excellent way to gain experience in leading an organization without a huge time commitment. Steering meets once a month for about two hours, often rotating the meeting location around Chicago. We work together to find a date that works for everyone, taking into account where people live and work. Occasionally we meet by phone depending on everyone’s schedule. Other business outside the meetings is generally handled through email.

    Of course, some roles within Steering may require work outside of the meetings, but this generally averages about 1-3 extra hours per month. I have always found my fellow committee members to be flexible and cooperative of everyone’s needs.

    In our meetings we discuss our finances; our communications to the membership; the subcommittees’ work; and any upcoming events we have, including Chicago Open Archives and Day of Service. It is exciting to see what ideas the subcommittees have and is satisfying to give them the go-ahead to carry out these initiatives to better Chicago’s archival community.

    Ultimately, it’s a small amount of volunteer hours when compared to the experience gained. Joining Steering is an excellent way to help influence and assist archives and archivists in Chicago.

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21.

    Feel free to contact Megan or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 13 Mar 2018 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from Drew Davis, the current RAAC liaison.

    It is vital that an archivist at any stage of their career participate in regional or national archives organizations, but attaining leadership roles in those organizations can sometimes be difficult. Due to that, many archivists – and especially young archivists - can feel that their voice is “lost in the crowd.” As a new archivist I personally felt this setback, and began searching for different ways to make an impact in the profession.

    It was during this time that I joined the Chicago Area Archivists, and was pleasantly surprised to find many volunteer and leadership opportunities available immediately. As my interest focuses on advancing the careers of young archivists, I joined the Professional Development subcommittee in 2012. Working in this subcommittee allowed me to help plan programs and workshops geared towards increasing the professional knowledge of CAA members. In 2014, I joined the Steering Committee, providing me the opportunity to help lead CAA. On the Steering Committee, I had the privilege to serve CAA Secretary, and also to represent CAA in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC).

    What I find most notable about my CAA experience is that it was possible for myself and several other Steering members to go from new members to officers within three to four years of joining. I also find it impressive that so many young archivists are able to take on and thrive in leadership roles in the subcommittees and on the Steering Committee. If you are an archivist at any point in your career that wants to make a difference in your profession, I highly urge you to run for Steering. There are several seats open this year (including my own), and your views and experiences would be vital in helping CAA grow.

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21.

    Feel free to contact Drew or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 07 Mar 2018 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from Jennifer Ho, current Vice Chair.

    One of the most rewarding things about being on the Steering Committee is that you have the support, resources and power to make a project your own. It’s not the only way to make a change, but it definitely gives you an advantage!  You will have a supportive network who will discuss with you the pros and cons, potential outcomes and possible alternatives to your ideas.

    My best personal example of this is the new subcommittee restructuring. Thanks to my seat on Steering, I was able to take action in response to rumblings from within CAA that it would be run more efficiently with a different structure.

    My time on the Steering committee gave me the background knowledge and context, as well as built-in communication with internal leadership, to lead meetings, gather ideas and create infrastructure so that CAA could be reorganized to meet its members' evolving needs.

    If you have ideas for how CAA can be improved, you will experience these benefits as well. I encourage you to run for the Steering Committee and make your mark on the archives community!

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21. Feel free to contact Jennifer or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 27 Feb 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from George Kutsunis, current Steering Committee Chair.

    There are lots of groups that advocate for our profession, providing everything from a recognized archiving credential to national advocacy to networking, but there is only one group that is looking out for archivists in Chicago, and that is the CAA.

    The Steering Committee for Chicago Area Archivists is the best way to advocate for your profession at the local level. By joining Steering, you can highlight the work of local archivists, draw attention to local archives in distress and celebrate the collections that are only located here in Chicago.

    Volunteering for the Steering or one of the subcommittees allows you to make an impact for your profession locally, and offers a huge return on your time investment. If you have gone to any of the panels, events or tours that the CAA hosts each year, I don't need to tell you what a perk having a local organization like the CAA is.

    Please help us continue working to advocate our profession in a way that no national organization can. Run for Steering or join a committee. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21. 

    Feel free to contact George or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 21 Feb 2018 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from another Steering Committee member, Amy Belotti.

    If you are a CAA subcommittee member, you should absolutely consider running for Steering. Being a part of Steering allows you to extend your understanding of and your impact on our local professional network. In addition, you will be able to expand upon your leadership skills in an extremely supportive environment.

    I relocated to Chicago in 2016 and immediately joined the Outreach sub-committee, as well as took on the position of co-chair for 2016's Chicago Open Archives. I joined the CAA Steering Committee the following year (2017). This evolution went quick; even I was surprised by it. But within a year I felt like I had a place in the Chicago archival community and was ready to do more. Having gained experience with the subcommittee and a flagship CAA event definitely helped me feel confident in my skills to serve on Steering. However, I also felt like I still maintained a fresh perspective as a new Chicagoan and thought, perhaps that could be a unique positive to bring to Steering and CAA overall. We need Steering members with all levels of experience and leadership, so be sure to consider all aspects of what you'd bring to the table. Having subcommittee experience absolutely brings you some valuable short-hand knowledge of how to be a part of Steering leadership, though.

    If you’ve served on a subcommittee, please consider joining the Steering Committee. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 21. 

    Feel free to contact Amy or other Steering Committee members with questions.

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