University of Pittsburgh
September 18, 2002

Society of American Archivists Honors Two from Pitt

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September 19, 2002

PITTSBURGH—A faculty member and a student in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences (SIS) each received an award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at its 66th annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., last month.

Professor of Library and Information Science Richard J. Cox received the 2002 Waldo Gifford Leland Award for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice. Cox received the award for his monograph "Managing Records for Evidence and Information" (Quorum Books, 2001); he is responsible for the archive concentration in SIS' M.L.I.S. degree program.

An SAA Fellow, Cox is a second-time recipient of the award; he first won it in 1991 for his book "American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States."

Established in 1959, the Waldo Gifford Leland Award was named for one of North America's archival pioneers and SAA's second president.

Petrina D. Jackson, a student in the archives/preservation track in SIS' M.L.I.S. program, received SAA's 2002 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award. Established in 1993, the award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, demonstrate an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA. The Pinkett award was named for an SAA Fellow who served with distinction during a long career at the National Archives and Records Administration. Jackson is the second student from SIS to capture the award. Tywanna Marie Whorley received it in 1999.

Founded in 1936, SAA is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 3,600 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.