welcomes the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists May 20-23.
Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys, Six Flags over Texas, and Hurricane Harbor. The conference theme, Game On: The Challenge of Change, has generated stimulating and fun sessions exploring ever-changing archival practice, in addition to gaming and sports topics.
Come early, stay the weekend! There is a lot to do in Arlington and Dallas-Fort Worth. Start planning your visit!
Registration information will soon be forthcoming.
Please view the conference program
and schedule at-a-glance
to plan your conference activities.
Conference attendees will have the pleasure of hearing a talk by Andrew Torget
, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas. Dr. Torget will speak on "The Promise and Perils of Digital Archives," which he describes as a talk "about how the digitization process opens unprecedented opportunities for archivists and scholars, but also brings about a host of new challenges."
The conference hotel is the Sheraton Arlington
, which overlooks Six Flags, the Globe Life Ballpark and AT&T Stadium. Built on the grounds of the former Seven Seas marine life theme park, the Sheraton Arlington features extensive grounds, lush landscaping, a walking trail, a beautiful pool
, and koi ponds. Meeting and vendor space is expansive, and the guest rooms are just $135 per night for up to four people.
Rooms are available with either one king-sized bed or two double beds. The conference block for hotel rooms begins May 19 and allows departure on May 24. The cutoff date for reservations is April 28. Reservations also may be made by phoning 800.325.3535 or 817.261.8200.
The Sheraton Arlington hotel will provide to conference attendees complimentary wireless in guest rooms. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle service between the airport and the hotel between 6:30 am and 9:30 pm. Outside of those hours, the estimated taxi fare is $35.
Special events planned for the “Game On” annual meeting include a Wednesday evening poolside opening reception at the Sheraton Arlington hotel. Thursday will include a UT Arlington
repository tour highlighting its newly completed state-of-the art cold storage vault, its new Fab Lab
, and the exhibit “¡Viva Mexico! A Comic Book History of Mexico.” Friday brings an evening party at the International Bowling Museum
with its four interactive bowling lanes
, just a trolley ride from the hotel.
Transportation to UTA on Thursday afternoon will be by bus in three staggered departures, but will be limited to 98 people total due to bus capacity. Those wishing to drive personal vehicles to UTA may park in the Maverick Parking Garage directly behind the Central Library. The hardy may wish to consider taking the trolley to downtown Arlington and connecting to the MetroArlingtonXpress (MAX), which stops at College Park Center on the east side of the UTA campus, and walking a couple of blocks from there to the Central Library. Taxis are also an option. The Central Library's physical address is 702 Planetarium Place. See map and link to directions.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
We would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors for supporting SSA 2015:
Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University
Texas Collection, Baylor University
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
University Libraries, Tarleton State University
University of North Texas Libraries
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
Zytron Imaging Service
Local Arrangements Co-Chairs