Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

Call to Action!

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. strongly opposes the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed by the Trump Administration. The proposed budget eliminates funding for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and National Heritage Areas program at the National Park Service. Elimination of these agencies and programs would greatly undercut the work of archivists and places preservation and access of records in peril.

ART members are encouraged to write a letter or send an email to your representative, stating your opposition to the possible threat to agencies and institutions that support our work as archivists! 
Communication is key.  Start by contacting members of Congress.  There are many options to get your voice heard and influence policy.  However, a personalized message yields the greatest impact. If you currently work for or were previously a part of an institution that has benefited from funding from one of these agencies include a short story about the outcome. When you reach out to your representative remember to include your state and/or congressional district. Visit to find your representative. Enter your zip code to find your representative's website and contact information. You can also search for and contact your senators by going to  If you prefer to phone members of Congress, you can do so through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Below is a list of previous advocacy related actions A.R.T. has engaged on:


A.R.T. Statement on the Current Political Statement

Support for NEH, NEA, and IMLS

Los Angeles Port Authority Archives
National Historical Publication and Records Commission Strategic Plan

Museum and Library Services Act

Police Cameras - New York State Assembly Bill A7682

National Historical Publication and Records Commission Strategic Plan
Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Funding
National Endowment for the Humanities Funding

Canadian National Archival Development Program Funding

U.S. Archivists Without Borders
International Council on Archives - Universal Declaration on Archives
Georgia Archives Funding
Hart Island Project
Ruskin College Archives

DORIS-DACS Proposed Merger

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