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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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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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  • Access Denied: a SERI webinar for Electronic Records Day

    Oct 11, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    Speakers: Hannah Bergman, National Archives and Records Administration; Lois Hamill, Northern Kentucky University; Sheilah Brous, Maryland Department of Transportation While repositories generally aim to provide access to their records, restrictions based on copyright and privacy laws are sometimes necessary. These restrictions can become even more difficult to enforce when dealing with the unique properties of born digital materials, the sheer volume of electronic records generated, and the security issues inherent in their storage and access. Join us for a panel discussion on the topics of FOIA, confidentiality, and copyright, as they intersect with electronic records at national, state, and local institutions. Archivist Practitioners, Archivist Managers, and/or Records Analysts/Managers. No technical expertise is required. #ERDayEvents #SERIWebinar ​​

  • ShopTalk Webinar with Ancestry

    Oct 13, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information 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 ​

  • ShopTalk Webinar with Preservica

    Nov 10, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon. #CoSAWebinar ​

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