Since 1982, the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) has worked to provide opportunities for local archivists, historians, librarians and others in the Chicago metro area to meet together for discussion, social interaction, and education. Our membership include archivists, librarians, and records managers in academic, corporate, governmental, institutional, library, and museum settings.


  • to share information on issues of interest to the local archives community
  • to advocate preservation of and access to historically valuable resources related to the Chicago area
  • to keep members informed about archival programs and resources


We fulfill these goals through meetings, programs, tours of members’ repositories, twice-yearly parties, and other activities. Check out our recent or upcoming events or read the latest news about CAA members, local repositories, or Chicagoland archival resources.

Learn more about the Archives and Archivists of Color interest group's fundraising for the Travel Fund Award.


CAA is led by a volunteer steering committee and three subcommittees.


CAA events and activities are funded through annual membership dues and occasional event fees. CAA membership dues are $15.00, renewable on January 1st every year. Most CAA events are open to members and non-members alike, but CAA members enjoy discounted event fees and login access to the Members portion of the CAA website, which includes the CAA members Directory. Join CAA today.

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