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Archives and the Law - SGA Workshop

  • 08 Jul 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • McElreath Hall, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
  • 18


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This one-day workshop will provide participants with an overview of how the law, state and federal, in its various forms, impacts archival functions, including access, acquisitions, reproductions, etc. Topics to be covered include contract law, privacy law, and intellectual property law, which includes a discussion of copyright. All levels of law will be covered, but special attention will be paid to Georgia laws and court cases. The focus of this workshop will be on how archivists can think about, understand, express, and deal with potential legal issues as they relate to their roles as archivists. Participants will discuss, evaluate, and consider how various legal issues presented in this workshop impact their archives and archival work. Through case studies, participants will engage with these concepts in specific situations that pertain to the work of archivists. Participants are encouraged to bring their institutions’ existing policy documents and forms for discussion and review during the workshop. 

Who Should Attend: Archivists and others who need an understanding of the special circumstances of how law impacts archives.

About the instructor

Josh Kitchens is the director of the Master of Archival Studies Program at Clayton State University.


Registration is $50 per person; this workshop is limited to 35 attendees. The registration deadline is June 24, 2016.

For questions regarding the workshops, please contact Mat Darby, Education Committee chair, at


The workshop will be held in the Members Room of the Atlanta History Center's McElreath Hall. Consult maps and directions here.

Lunch Options

The AHC has two restaurants on site, Souper Jenny, located in the main museum building next door, and the Swan Coach House, located a short walk from McElreath Hall. You are also welcome to bring your lunch. Check here for additional dining options nearby.

Cancellation and refund policies

Cancellations for this workshop are to be refunded as follows:

  • Registrations cancelled more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 100% of the registration fee.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 30 but more than 15 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fee.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 15 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
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