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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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Sustaining the Future

Through collaborative research, education, and advocacy, CoSA provides leadership that strengthens and supports state and territorial archives in their work to preserve and provide access to government records. CoSA facilitates networking, information sharing, and project collaboration among its member organizations to help state and territorial government archives with their responsibilities for protecting the rights and historical documents of the American people.

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Our Mission & Vision

Using collaborative research, education and advocacy, the Council of State Archivists provides leadership that strengthens and supports state and territorial archives in their work to preserve and provide access to government records.

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


  • "In Conversation With..." Video Release

    Oct 28
    “In Conversation With…” Video Release CoSA Communications Coordinator Anne Ackerson sits down with Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director of Educopia, to talk about leadership in archives, libraries, and museums. The conversation picks up on the May 2018 CoSA webinar Skinner and Ackerson presented about the Layers of Leadership , a tool developed as part of a larger IMLS-funded project called NEXUS: Leading Across Boundaries. #CoSAWebinar

  • Digital Preservation Policies as Tools for Accountability, Compliance, and Clarity

    Nov 16, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    Presented by : Amy Rudersdorf (Senior Consultant, AVP) In this talk, Amy Rudersdorf will address the value of using digital preservation policies as tools to align with organizational strategy, program accountability, compliance with digital preservation standards, and communications about program goals. The talk will provide guidance on drafting and implementing digital preservation policies and offer approaches to using documentation like this to gain organizational support and alignment. No technical expertise is required. #SERIWebinar ​

  • State Archives Spotlight

    Nov 18, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

  • Shop Talk Webinar with Aviary

    Dec 9, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar ​

  • Shop Talk Webinar with Preservica

    Dec 14, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More Information Coming Soon! #CoSAWebinar ​

  • 2022 Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment Launch, a SERI webinar

    Jan 11, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    Presented by: Lori Ashley, Principal – Tournesol Consulting The self-assessment survey based on the Digital Preservation Capability and Maturity Model (DPCMM) is a metric by which CoSA members have been able to measure their digital preservation programs since 2012. Results of the self-assessment help to benchmark capabilities to preserve and provide access to permanent electronic government records as well as develop action plans for improvements. As the third self-assessment survey rolls out, we will discuss the history of the model, tips for understanding the component capabilities, and what we have learned from past surveys and hope to learn from the 2022 survey. No technical experience is required. #SERIWebinar ​

Blog Posts

  • CoSA is excited to share that the #ACENSUSII #AllArchivistsSurvey is now live! Please take the survey and share the link with other staff. ...

  • Blog Entry

    by VeronicaMartzahl Since 2011, the Council of State Archivists has made a targeted effort to assess and support state and territorial electronic records ...

  • What are you doing for Electronic Records Day? This year, Electronic Records Day will be celebrated on Friday, October 8, 2021. The day is designed to raise ...

  • Check out our new informational poster about emerging formats. Developed by the SERI Tools & Resources Subcommittee, this poster includes information ...

  • The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) PREPARE project is providing capacity-building services for email management and preservation to state and territorial ...

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