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Council of State Archivists

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is a nonprofit membership organization of the state and territorial government archives in the fifty states, five territories, and District of Columbia.

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NEW: SERI Internship

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is accepting applications for the new State Electronic Records Information (SERI) Internship, Sponsored by Atlas Systems. For more information, please download the complete Internship Description.

Our Mission & Vision

The Council of State Archivists provides leadership to strengthen and support state and territorial archives leaders and staff in their work to preserve and provide access to government records.

Core Values Statement

RELEVANT: CoSA anticipates and responds to developing trends, emerging research, and advocacy issues that meet the evolving needs of state and territorial archives leaders and staff.

INCLUSIVE: CoSA represents all state and territorial archives leaders and staff, encourages all agencies to provide equitable access to state records, and advocates for equity and inclusion within the government records workforce.

COLLABORATIVE: CoSA acknowledges, amplifies, and facilitates the creative strength and extensive knowledge of diverse members, partners, and stakeholders working together.

State Electronic Records Initiative

CoSA launched the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) in 2011 to focus on improving management, preservation, and access to state and territorial government electronic records in all 56 states and territories.  CoSA's SERI Steering Committee manages and oversees the work of the initiative, working with volunteers from state and territorial archives throughout the nation to collectively improve electronic records management and digital preservation for state and territorial governments.

Advocacy for Archives

CoSA advocates for advancing the needs of our members to stakeholders and the public by acting as a clearinghouse for information, participating in policy and funding discussions, developing advocacy and awareness messages, and working in partnership with counterparts in allied organizations. Prominent in this work is the CoSA Advocacy Committee.

Resources & Research

CoSA is seen as the source of reliable information about state archives and government records. CoSA regularly undertakes research on state archives issues ranging from electronic records management and digital preservation needs to advocacy. CoSA continues to expand its research and publication emphasis, and invites corporate sponsors to support report design and dissemination. CoSA uses the strength of collaboration and partnership to leverage resources, share expertise, and to solve problems.

Education & Training

CoSA’s education and training programs respond to member needs and focus on improving state archival programs, no matter their size or level of operation. Noteworthy among them is the flagship State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI). Smaller-scale education and networking occurs in annual meetings, monthly member and SERI webinars, listserv exchanges, the Awards Program, and the monthly newsletter.

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Events/Webinars


  • May Cultural Competency Workshop part 1

    May 18, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon. #CULTURALCOMPETENCYWORKSHOP ​

  • May Cultural Competency Workshop part 2

    May 25, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon. #CULTURALCOMPETENCYWORKSHOP ​

  • Disaster Planning: Monitoring Collections during Adverse Conditions

    May 26, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    Being able to monitor your collections during “normal” times can be challenging. Monitoring your collections and recovering from adverse conditions can be far trickier. Patrick McCawley, the Supervisor of the Archival Processing Unit at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History will discuss what happened when the department suffered a HVAC failure that resulted in a water leak that impacted several series of archival records. The need for quick action and the accompanying chaos exposed both the strengths and weaknesses of the agency’s disaster recovery plan. Identifying, prioritizing and implementing recovery efforts took a dedicated team effort. Jennifer Simmons, Research Desk Supervisor for the Colorado State Archives, will discuss how they continued to provide necessary public access to records during the civil unrest and protests of summer 2020 at the Colorado Capitol building, located a city block away from the State Archives. Todd Topper, Manager of the Collections Management department at the Minnesota Historical Society will present and discuss how his staff monitored areas and addressed critical needs during the 2020 COVID pandemic shutdown, civil unrest related to the murder of George Floyd, staff furloughs, and layoffs. #CoSAWebinar ​

  • June Cultural Competency Workshop part 1

    Jun 1, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon. #CULTURALCOMPETENCYWORKSHOP ​

  • June Cultural Competency Workshop part 2

    Jun 8, 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon. #CULTURALCOMPETENCYWORKSHOP ​

  • America 250 -A Look at National Plans and Activities in North Carolina and Utah

    Jul 28, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More info coming. #CoSAWebinar ​

  • August CoSA-NARA Webinar - Topic TBD

    Aug 25, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More info coming soon. #CoSAWebinar ​

  • September Member Webinar - Topic TBD

    Sep 22, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More info coming soon. #CoSAWebinar ​

  • State Archives Spotlight - NY & NJ

    Oct 27, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    Join us as we turn the spotlight on two of our State Archives. This month we are going to showcase New York and New Jersey. Their presentations will focus on different facets of their programs: from facilities and staff, to collections, exhibits and special projects. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what makes each of these archives special. #CoSAWebinar ​

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