Published since 1938, the American Archivist provides a forum for discussion of trends and issues in archival theory and practice. It presents current research and thought about theoretical and practical developments in the archival profession, in the United States and abroad; the relationships between archivists and the creators and users of archives; and cultural, social, legal, and technological developments that affect the nature of recorded information and the need to create and maintain it. Peer-reviewed research articles, case studies, in-depth perspectives, and international scene papers address a wide variety of topics, such as digitization and digital preservation, electronic records, selection and appraisal, description and cataloging, reference and public services, preservation, records management, photographs and visual arts, disaster and contingency planning, copyright, intellectual property, legal issues, and authenticity. The journal also reviews books and other archival literature, web resources, and archival tools and products. The American Archivist has the largest circulation of any English-language archives journal.
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the education and information needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.