Antonia Charlemagne-Marshall, who is pursuing a master of arts in archives and record management (first cohort) at the University of West Indies, is a 2019 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and SAA in Austin, TX, July 31–August 6.
The award recognizes minority graduate students of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA.
Charlemagne-Marshall has demonstrated a strong commitment to archives through her internship at the National Archives Authority of St. Lucia (NAASL) and in her work establishing a small community archives in St. Lucia and Barbados. Each experience has increased her passion for creating community archives and ensuring that future generations will have access to the history of underrepresented communities.
Her supporter noted that Antonia’s “role as a leader within the executive committee of the Barbados Association for Records and Information Management, as well as her commitment to supporting the growth of the archives and records management profession within the Caribbean Region, is a testament to the kind of professionalism that she represents.”
She has displayed a rich commitment to preserving and increasing access to international archives of color, and especially those in the Caribbean.
Established in 1993, the award honors the late Dr. Harold T. Pinkett, who served with distinction during his long tenure at the National Archives and Records Administration and who was a Fellow of SAA. Also receiving the Pinkett Award this year is Angela Osbourne, a graduate student at San Jose State University. Recipients receive complimentary registration, accommodations, and travel to attend the SAA conference and a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archives professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of 6,200 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.