Annual Meeting

2018 CoSA / NAGARA / SAA Joint Annual Meeting

Archives Records 2018, CoSA, NAGARA, SAA, August 12-18, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018, the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA, will be held in Washington, DC August 12-16, 2018 and is coming soon. Get excited!!

Meeting Venue

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel will serve as the ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018 headquarters hotel.

The conference organizers have negotiated the special discounted conference rates listed below. These rates are available until Friday, July 13, OR until our room block has been met, whichever comes first. After this date—or the date on which the room block has been met—we can no longer guarantee rates and availability. We advise you to make your room reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability and the discounted rate.

Room Rates (include complimentary wireless Internet access in guest rooms and throughout the meeting space):

$199 Single / Double ($20 each additional person)

$219 Triple ($20 each additional person)

$239 Quad ($20 each additional person)

Night time at the National Gallery of Art

Conference Registration

  • Early-Bird Registration: Register by July 6 and save at least $50 off Advance Registration rates and $110 off Onsite rates.
  • Advance Registration: Register by July 20 to save at least $60 off Onsite rates.
  • Onsite Registration: After July 20 you must register at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Conference Program

  • Online Conference Schedule
  • Schedule-At-A-Glance PDF
  • Research Forum

CoSA Schedule of Events

Tentative CoSA Annual Meeting Schedule

Sunday, August 12

2:00pm - 6:00pm: CoSA Board Meeting (at conference hotel)

6:30pm: CoSA Board Dinner

Monday, August 13

9:00am – 5:00pm: CoSA Board Meeting (at conference hotel)

Tuesday, August 14 - Archives on the Hill Day

8:30am - 9:30am: Briefing and Training for Archives on the Hill Day (Hall of the States)

10:00am - 5:00pm: Archives on the Hill congressional visits (Archives Advocacy Day - planning in process) - invite-only event

Wednesday, August 15 - Great Ideas Exchange with NARA staff, CoSA Work Session, Business Meeting & Awards Dinner

7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast, sponsored by APPX Software (at conference hotel)

8:30am – 11:45am: Great Ideas Exchange Day sessions (at conference hotel)

11:45am - 12:30pm: Lunch, sponsored by Ancestry (at conference hotel)

12:30pm - 2:45pm: Great Ideas Exchange Day sessions (at conference hotel)

3:00pm - 4:30pm: CoSA Work Session (at conference hotel)

6:45pm: Begin arriving at National Archives Museum (use Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street)

7:00pm - 7:30pm: National Archives Rotunda open to view Charters of Freedom; other exhibits open

7:30pm - 9:00pm: CoSA Business Meeting & Awards Dinner (at National Archives Museum)

Thursday, August 16 - Conference activities

8:00am - 4:00pm: CoSA Silent Auction open

8:30am – 10:00am: Plenary I - CoSA Awards: Walch Leadership, CoSA Advocacy

4:15pm - 5:30pm: SHRAB Snack Break, sponsored by Libnova

7:30pm: All Attendee Reception at National Museum of Natural History

Friday, August 17

8:30am – 10:00am: Plenary II - CoSA Awards: Walch Emerging Leaders, Rising Star, Ancestry Leadership

Saturday, August 16

8:30 – 11:30 Program Sessions

CoSA Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is back! Previous silent auctions have been a key fundraiser for CoSA educational activities and this year we’re aiming for similar success in Washington, DC, but we need your help providing auction items!

To help make this year another success, here are some helpful tips for popular auction items:

  • Think small - items that are easy to pack or easily consumed in the course of the meeting
  • Share a taste of your state - what food items are unique and special to your state?
  • Share your state's unique stories, history, food, or drink with your colleagues!
  • Snacks and small bottles of alcohol are always popular items!

Please help CoSA’s educational activities by donating! More information about the donation process will be made available soon.

Reimbursement for travel to the CoSA Annual Meeting

CoSA will reimburse travel to the annual meeting for one person per state or territory that has paid at least $2,500 in dues for FY2018, up to a maximum of 50% of the dues paid. Representatives receiving reimbursement will be expected to attend both the CoSA Work Session and the CoSA Business Meeting.

Those who are eligible for reimbursement should complete the CoSA Reimbursement Form and send it along with ALL receipts to CoSA staff within 30 days after returning from the conference. You may scan and email them to

Reimbursements are limited to actual expenses incurred, up to a maximum of 50% of dues paid, for the following:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting in accord with the general provisions governing transportation in the CoSA Travel Reimbursement Policy;
  • Lodging for three nights (at the conference rate); and
  • Meal expenses at the rate of $64 per day (based on the Federal Per Diem Rates). Meal expenses for the first and last day of travel will be reimbursed at the rate of $51.75 per day. Incidentals will be reimbursed at a rate of $5 per day.

Most state and territorial representatives eligible for reimbursement will receive coverage for up to three days of lodging and meal expenses. Exceptions will be made for unusual circumstances such as flight schedules that require an extra night at the conference site in order to participate in CoSA meetings.