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2015 Annual Meeting & Workshops

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


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Scholarship winners, Et al.
  • Registrant must be logged in as a member of SSA.
  • For registrants needing ONLY GUEST TICKETS to the Friday reception at the International Bowling Museum. ONLY USE THIS FIELD IF BUYING GUEST TICKETS SEPARATE FROM YOUR REGISTRATION. Code is required. Contact Melissa Gonzales at melissagonzales@wittemuseum.org.
  • Registrants will only attend sessions and events on Friday, May 22nd.
  • Registrants will only attend sessions and events on Thursday, May 21st.
  • Registrant must be a student.

Registration is closed

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

Online Registration is Now Closed!

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 Visitor's 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."


Online registration has closed as of May 16th. On-site registration will be available starting at 8:00 AM, Wednesday, May 20th. 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. (See museum layout.)

Transportation to UTA on Thursday afternoon will be by bus, but will be limited due to bus capacity.  One bus will make two circuits between the Sheraton Arlington and UTA.  More detail will be provided in the packets of attendees who registered for the repository tour.  Also, please watch this space for updates. 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.

We would like to thank the following 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

Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University

Scientific Climate Systems

Southwest Collection, Texas Tech 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


Academy of Certified Archivists


APPX Software


IImage Retrieval


Preservation Technologies

Southwest Solutions

University Products

Worlds of Transcription

Zytron Imaging Service


Archivists of the Houston Area


Scientific Climate Systems

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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