2012 CIMA/SSA Conference

2012 CIMA/SSA Conference

Marriott Phoenix Mesa Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona
May 23 – 26, 2012

CIMA will be holding its annual spring meeting next year at a joint conference with the Society of Southwest Archivists in Mesa, Arizona on May 23rd through 26th, 2012. The conference theme is “Enriching the Archives Experience,” drawing on the Arizona centennial rally “Celebrate the Arizona Experience.”

Conference Sessions

The meeting sessions will cover a wide range of timely topics including leadership, preservation of digital material, institutional repositories, collaborations and consortiums (including the role of regional archival associations), and MPLP. Attendees will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with new professionals by attending a graduate student poster session. The meeting will also include preconference workshops on Wednesday, May 23rd.

The preliminary conference program is available here.

Key Note Speaker

Photograph of Matthew WhitakerDr. Matthew Whitaker, founder of the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, will give the annual meeting’s plenary address Thursday, May 24th. A frequent NPR and PBS contributor, Dr. Whitaker focuses primarily on African-American and Civil Rights History in the United States. Dr. Whitaker’s article “Shooting Down Racism: Lincoln and Eleanor Ragsdale and Residential Desegregation in Phoenix, 1947-1953” was recently named one of the top ten articles of the decade by Journal of the West.


The CIMA/SSA annual meeting reception will be at the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, May 24th, from 6-8 p.m. Ample, delicious hors d’ouvres and dessert will be served, and there will be a cash bar.


To register for the 2012 CIMA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting please print and complete the registration form found here. Early bird registration fees are only $135. After May 4th the registration fee increases to $160.

Mail the completed form and a check made out to CIMA/SSA Joint Conference 2012 to:
c/o Doug Kupel, Conference Treasurer
P.O. Box 878
Phoenix, AZ 85001-0878

Local attractions

The greater Phoenix metropolitan area boasts many cultural and recreational activities that are enjoyable for all ages, and offers everything from museums to golf courses to amusement parks. Papago Park is home to the Arizona Historical Society, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Phoenix Zoo. Downtown Phoenix features the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and Arizona’s major league baseball team the Arizona Diamondbacks. For those bringing their families (or those who are just kids at heart) the Arizona Museum for Youth and Mesa Golfland Sunsplash offer water rides, mini-golf, go carts, and much more. You can always extend your Arizona stay and visit one of the many National Parks or Monuments in the state!

For more information on the conference hotel:

Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 North Centennial Way
Mesa, Arizona 85201 USA
Phone: 1-480-898-8300

Rate – $99 per night

  • Attendees calling in may call 800-835-9873 and ask for “CIMA/SSA Joint Conf” Group Rate
  • Attendees preferring the web may go to www.marriott.com/phxmm and enter the 7-letter group code of: cimcima

Travel options

Information on travel options to the conference hotel are available on the Marriott website. In addition, we have also arranged a discounted rate with SuperShuttle for travel between the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the hotel. Attendees should use the code NLS3A when booking with SuperShuttle for the conference rate.


The conference will also include opportunities for exhibitors to share information about their products and services. More information about exhibitor registration is available here.

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