ICA-SUV, the Section on University and Research Institution Archives, is a section of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and was founded in 1992 at the ICA Congress in Montreal. ICA-SUV is open to current and former archivists working in universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.
- to promote communication and cooperation between archivists in the universities and institutions mentioned above
- to gather and disseminate information about the creation and administration of archives in these institutions, about policies and procedures and about the role of the archives in relation to the host institution and society at large
- to assist in the development and strengthening of archives through conferences, publications and consultation
- to cooperate with other bodies of the ICA.
The section has a very active program with particular emphasis on annual conferences bringing together archivists from throughout the world to examine current pressing issues in academic archival administration. The conferences not only address current issues but offer a means for all to have their assumptions about the core conditions of archives challenged as they learn how other archivists have had to develop and maintain an archival mission with rather different mandates and clienteles than their own.
ICA-SUV aids in communication among archivists with similar tasks and responsibilities and helps to bring archivists together to work on mutual problems and possibilities related to the documentation of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions. It does so by publishing a newsletter, hosting a website, offering Who’s Who in Archives Globally, publishing professional guidelines, organizing frequent and regular board meetings, maintaining a strong relationship with the ICA office in Paris, and by pro-actively forming committees and projects in order to address particular needs by archivists across the globe.
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