Section for Specialist Repositories
Welcome to the Section for Specialist Repositories.
The Section for Specialist Repositories was established in 1979 in order to provide a forum for non-local government archivists. Membership now exceeds 800 people.
Originally founded as the Specialist Repositories Group (SRG), SSR now provides a forum for those employed outside local record offices and maintains a core interest in higher education.
Its membership is now diverse, both geographically and in terms of the institutions for which members work. We particularly seek to articulate and represent the interests of those in small archive services, and our members include archivists working in business, museums, schools etc
To view papers of the Section please click here. From an extract of a letter describing the first meeting of the Society of Archivists in 1946, the first meeting of the Section on 13 December 1979 and the latest agenda papers it shows our development and commitment to our members.
What we do and what is our relationship with the rest of the ARA?
The section has an important role in the ARA, in bringing together the interests of many lone archivists or archivists working in specialised environments.
We act as a link between those working in archives and not members of the ARA who require support in our field. We do this by assisting our affiliate groups in providing training end educational resources for archivists and those working in the records keeping fields.
Many of our initiatives have benefited members of the ARA as a whole.
These initiatives include:
- development of archival description standards and methods of listing for a wide range of records
- the output of the Professional Methodology Panel on standards and performance indicators
- the original idea for British Archives edited by Julia Sheppard and Janet Foster (now in its 4th edition
- a major report on the role and resources of university repositories
- encourages non-ARA members responsible for the preservation and conservation of records to join the Association.
We have a number of affiliate groups, allowing the ARA to build a strong relationship with other groups working in our sector. These include: Religious Archives Group; Historic Houses Archivists Group; Health Archives and Records Group; Charity Archivists and Records Managers; Parliamentary and Politicial Parties Archive Group; School Archivists Group..
Charity Archivists and Records Managers
Historic Houses Archivists Group
For the HHAG leaflet click the following link HHAG_Leaflet.pdf.
Additionally we have a strong working relationship with GLAM (Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts), an independent group established in 2005 to bring together archivists, librarians, curators, writers, researchers, and anyone else with an interest in the collecting, preservation, use and promotion of literary archives and manuscripts in Britain and Ireland.
In the following pages you will find details of:
- the section representatives and who to contact for help.
- the section news, activities, training and events
- minutes of section meetings
- details of our newsletters
- supporting resources
Would you like to find out more or join this Section?
News & Events
See our members resource page by clicking here.
Please get involved!
If you wish to engage with us or find others working in Archives or Record Managers working in your Section or Region take a look at our ARA Community area, build your profile and start discussing!
Revision of the NHS Code of Practice, 2015-2016
Members Picture Library
The History of Advertising Trust www.hatads.org.uk
Aspinall's Enamel, London c.1891
Atkinson's Essence of White Rose Perfume c.1890-1900
Ceylindo International Tea Company c.1900
Dr Pierre's Dentifrice c.1880-1900
Durrad's Book Bindings 1889
The Women's Library
A Women's Institute meeting - 1953
Suffragette Apron - c.1913
Release of Suffragettes from Holloway prison -1908
Procession of released Suffragette prisoners - 1909
Wimbledon Suffrage Banner - c.1908
Newspaper poster - Suffragette Raid on the Palace - 1914
Women's Liberation Movement badge - c.1980
The Royal Society
Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library
'Postcards from NHS Lothian's ground-breaking, and at times controversial, 'Take Care' campaign, part of the Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS collection recently added to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register 2011, courtesy of Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library'.