Upcoming events

    • 20 May 2015
    • 23 May 2015
    • Arlington, Texas

    Arlington, Texas,
    welcomes the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists
    May 20-23

    Online Registration is Now Open!

    Register by April 20, 2015 to take advantage of early-bird prices and save $$$!


    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!

    Please view the conference program and schedule-at-a-glance to plan your conference activities.

    Visiting Arlington

    The 2015 SSA Visitors' Guide is now available. Check out the guide for attractions/sightseeing, dining, entertainment, and transportation. 
    Plenary Speaker

    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."


    If you have any questions regarding Registration, please contact Melissa Gonzales at melissagonzales@wittemuseum.org. 
    Pre-Conference Workshops

    If you plan on attending a workshop without registering for the annual meeting, please contact Melissa Gonzales at  melissagonzales@wittemuseum.org to register and create an invoice


    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.  The Sheraton Arlington hotel will provide complimentary wireless in guest rooms.  

    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. 


    Transportation and Parking


    The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service between D/FW airport and the hotel between 6:30 am and 9:30 pm. Outside of those hours, the estimated taxi fare from D/FW is $35. Other shuttle options are Super Shuttle and GO Yellow Checker Shuttle, which also serve Love Field.  Self-parking at the Sheraton Arlington is free.



    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 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:



    Backstage Library Works

    Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

    DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

    Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, UT Austin


    Hollinger Metal Edge

    IImage Retrieval

    Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University


    Scientific Climate Systems

    Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University

    Southwest Solutions

    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

    University Products

    Worlds of Transcription

    Zytron Imaging Service


    Information for Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor

    Floor Plan


    Conference Registration

    Melissa Gonzales

    Local Arrangements Co-Chairs

    Ann Hodges

    Brenda McClurkin


    Dreanna Belden


    John Slate

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