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Archiving  and Professional Affiliations

The Association of St. Louis Area Archivists (ASLAA), formed in 1972, is a professional association of archivists and manuscript curators from institutions throughout the bi-state metropolitan area. Membership is open to all interested individuals. ASLAA holds two meetings per year at repositories around the St. Louis area. Since 1985, ASLAA has published the Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the St. Louis Area.

The Association of Midwest Museums was founded in 1927 following a small conference organized by museum leaders from Michigan and Indiana. Inspired by the discussions that took place, those same leaders organized the Michigan-Indiana Museums Association.

In 1931, the organization engaged museums in Ohio to participate in the annual conference and by 1940, expanded to include Illinois and Wisconsin. It was at this time that the group officially changed the organization’s name to the Midwest Museums Conference. The MMC eventually became a private non-profit corporation in 1965.

The Association of Midwest Museums has evolved over time to include new states and become the organization you know today. We continue to adapt to the changing needs of our members as they work to become strong anchors in their communities and provide informal learning experiences

MAC is one of the nation's largest regional professional associations for archivists. Founded in 1972, MAC now has more than 800 individual members. MAC's institutional members include a variety of corporate, government, religious, and university archives, as well as historical societies and other manuscripts repositories and special collections. 

The MAC region is the 13 heartland states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. However, MAC has individual and institutional members from many other states--and even other nations--and more are always welcome.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.