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Society of American Archivists Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award 2017


February 28, 2017


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Purpose and Criteria for Selection

Established in 1973 (and modified in 1987 and 1991), this award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in any medium.


Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Sponsor and Funding

The Society of American Archivists Foundation, with the cash prize underwritten by a fund first established by Elizabeth Hamer Kegan. The award honors two SAA Fellows and past presidents. In 1963 Elizabeth Hamer Kegan was appointed Assistant Librarian of Congress, a position in which she directed information, exhibits, publications, and international visitors' programs and shepherded the American Revolution Bicentennial Program. Her late husband, Philip M. Hamer, was a historian who served successively as head of the Library, Accessions, Reference, and Records Control divisions of the National Archives, and was the first executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. He was the author of A Guide to the Archives and Manuscripts in the United States (1961).


A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

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Selection Committee

The Hamer-Kegan Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair.

Application Deadline and Nomination Form

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.

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