Victoria Irons Walch Leadership Award

The Victoria Irons Walch Leadership Award recognizes the sustained leadership and outstanding contributions of an individual or institution to the development of state and territorial archives. Criteria include:

  • creatively and effectively meeting challenges and opportunities
  • demonstrating collaborative and innovative approaches
  • serving his/her constituency in an exemplary way
  • exceeding normal expectations and providing a model for others

The recipient will receive a custom-designed award.

Nomination Forms, Procedures, and Selection

Any organization or individual is invited to nominate an organization, person(s) or program(s). Nomination of oneself or one's organizations is permissible and encouraged.

All nominations are submitted via email and must include the following items:

  • CoSA Awards Nomination Form
  • Essay addressing the criteria listed by discussing the accomplishments and ongoing work of the nominee.
  • Letter(s) of support from at least one person familiar with the nominee's work and/or at least one CoSA member.
  • Supporting materials may be submitted and may include nominees' resumes or biographies, illustrations of work products and promotional materials, press releases, press clippings, and other related materials.

Email one complete nomination packet to Barbara Teague, CoSA Executive Director.

An Awards Committee, appointed by the President and comprised of at least one Board member and two CoSA members, will review the nominations and select the recipients.

2021 Nominations, Selection, and Presentation Schedule

  • April 12, 2021: Deadline nominations - Midnight Eastern Time
  • By May 10, 2021: Award recipients notified
  • August 18, 2021: Awards presented at CoSA Business Meeting

Award Recipients

Anne W. Ackerson
Recipient of the 2019 Victoria Irons Walch Leadership Award

2019: Anne W. Ackerson

2018: Dr. Lisa Speer

2017: Emily Oland Squires

2016: Kathleen D. Roe

2015: Julia Marks Young

2014: Christine W. Ward

2013: Victoria Irons Walch

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