Conference Theme

The conference program will address the increasing role that audiovisual archives play in documenting our institutions, societies, and cultures and explore the challenges posed by these archives in universities and research institutions. Despite growing recognition of the complexities of managing audiovisual archives and the urgency of tackling the challenges, few universities and research institutions have adequate resources to address the myriad difficulties faced by archivists grappling to preserve and facilitate the use of this valuable documentation. The conference will provide opportunities to discuss long-standing concerns about the preservation of and access to original media and to explore the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present.

The Scientific Committee for the 2015 ICA-SUV Conference invites proposals for papers addressing the preservation, discovery, rights, and knowledge, skills, and capacity challenges surrounding audiovisual archives. The deadline for proposals is 1 December 2014. Click here for the full call for proposals.




The goals of the Section on University Archives and Research Institution Archives are:

  • To promote professional and scholarly co-operation and communication between archives and archivists of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.
  • To gather, disseminate and exchange information relating to the creation and administration of such archives.
  • To assist the development and strengthening of such archives through symposia, publications and the exchange of information.

The SUV has a very active program with particular emphasis on annual “seminars” or conferences; which bring together archivists from throughout the world to examine current pressing issues in academic archival administration. The conferences not only address current issues but offer a means for all to have their assumptions about the core conditions of archives challenged as they learn how other archivists have had to develop and maintain an archival mission with rather different mandates and clienteles than their own. The SUV aids in communication among archivists with similar tasks and responsibilities and helps to bring archivists together to work on mutual problems and possibilities related to the documentation of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.

The section’s business is conducted by a Section Bureau committee consisting of twelve members including the Section’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and up to nine regular members. All are elected from the members of the Section for four-year staggered terms, with elections being held every second year.

To find out more about SUV, please visit here.


Scientific Committee

Kevin Bradley National Library of Australia; International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, Australia
Gene DeAnna Library of Congress, USA
Siobhan Hagan University of Baltimore, Langsdale Library; Association of Moving Image Archivists, USA
David Iglesias Municipal Archives of Girona; Coordinator of the ICA Working Group in Photographic and Audiovisual Archives, Spain
Charlotte Maday University of Paris (Diderot), France
Gavan McCarthy, co-chair University of Melbourne, Australia
Caroline Rubens Appalshop Archives, USA
Richard Szary, co-chair University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Steve Weiss Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA