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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 to 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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  • 2023 CoSA Electronic Records Day Webinar

    Oct 10, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    Come join the SERI Advocacy and Outreach subcommittee as they host the 2023 Electronic Records day webinar discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in government archives settings. An expanded timeframe will allow time for discussion and questions. Presenters: Jill Reilly , Digital Engagement Director in the Office of Innovation at the National Archives and Records Administration Carol Lagundo , Director for Digitization Partnerships and Outreach at the National Archives and Records Administration Hannah Bergman , Director of Litigation and Chief Privacy Officer with National Archives and Records Administration’s General Counsel Peter Anderton , Vice President of Product Strategy at Preservica Josh Hackel , Chair of SERI's Tools & Resources Subcommittee and Electronic Records Program Administrator at the Illinois State Archives #ERDayEvents #SERIWebinar

  • CoSA Member Archives Spotlight

    Oct 26, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (ET)
    Join your CoSA colleagues for an update from American Samoa and Pennsylvania. #CoSAWebinar ​

  • Shop Talk with Preservica

    Nov 9, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)

  • Chatting with SERI

    Nov 14, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    More info coming soon! #SERIWebinar

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