On August 19, 2005, at the Society of American Archivist’s annual meeting, the Online Archive of California (OAC) received the C.F.W. Coker Award in recognition of the OAC’s finding aid system, which provides a model for a consortial approach to the delivery of finding aids and digital objects.

Established in 1983, the award honors the memory of SAA Fellow C.F.W. Coker. The Coker Award recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, projects that involve innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids.  Nominees must set national standards, represent a model for archival description, or otherwise have substantial impact on descriptive practices.