What is Archivists without Borders?

Archivists Without Borders is an international organization, the primary objective of which is “cooperation in the sphere of archives work in countries whose documentary heritage is in danger of disappearing or of suffering irreversible damage, with particular emphasis on the protection of human rights.”

AwB was formed in Barcelona, Spain in 1998. Currently, eleven countries have formed chapters and are affiliated with AwB International. These countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

Why should there be a U.S. chapter of AwB?

  • Forming a chapter of AwB in the U.S. will allow archivists in the U.S. to be part of an international, collaborative community, and part of a well-established and respected organization.
  • AwB-US will be independent from SAA and other regional archival organizations. This independence will allow us to take an active role in advocacy and to become involved in projects on a local, national, and international level. AwB-US is not intended to compete with other professional organizations in the U.S., but rather to fulfill a need that is outside of their scope.
  • There are endangered archives, underrepresented communities, and other projects in the U.S. that merit professional attention.
  • We can serve as a network for information, a clearinghouse for relevant news and information, and a hub for volunteer activities.

 Who can be involved?

We invite archivists, librarians, conservators, students, and other professionals to join the working group. It is not necessary to have any experience with international archives, human rights archives, or endangered archives.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to make a difference.