NEA taking the past into the future

Providence Marriott Downtown
Providence, Rhode Island
April 2-4, 2020

Program Description

The Spring 2020 Meeting’s theme, Inside & Outside, will explore ideas of inclusion and exclusion in our collections, audiences, and workforce. We will consider the intersection of the individual and the institution, as well as the role of archivists in the context of the cultural, educational, and corporate institutions in which we work. Two decades into the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be an archivist?

We are a group that comprises many identities: professionals, amateurs, experts, artists, educators, students, and community organizers. The roles we have are multifaceted, whether we work within a traditional institutional context or perform archival tasks for related professions and organizations, such as libraries, museums, galleries, corporations, and nonprofits. Moreover, our roles continuously evolve as our world changes. While static definitions and boundaries will only hold us back, we still need to maintain shared values and standards that help us perform the core tasks of our jobs: acquisition, preservation, and providing access to our collections.

This meeting offers us a chance to come together to look within, reflect, and share our experiences not only with our archives community but also with those who are affected by our work.

Accessibility and Code of Conduct:

NEA is committed to making the Spring 2020 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are encouraged to ensure that their presentations meet current accessibility guidelines. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chair.

Scholarships and Awards:

Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. Details may be found on the NEA website: Please also refer to the following pages for specific details on:

Meeting and travel assistance:
Student member meeting and travel assistance:
Inclusion and diversity session scholarship:

Reserve your hotel room for the New England Archivists Spring 2020 Meeting today:

Providence Marriott Downtown | online reservations or call 866-807-2171 and ask for the New England Archivists group rate. 

The NEA room rate of $139/night is valid through March 11, or until all rooms are booked.

Come explore all that Providence has to offer! Sign up for a tour of a local institution, or spend your down time in the historic downtown, where you’ll find countless restaurants, bars, and shops.

Questions? Please contact the Program Committee chair, Amber LaFountain, at

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