AERI 2012 was hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles from July 9th-13th. The Institute brought together incoming and continuing doctoral students, faculty, and professionals from across the United States and worldwide. There was a Digital Curation pre-conference led by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researchers on July 8th. Then, from July 9 to 13, plenaries generated discussion on Grand Challenges in the Archival Field, Technology and Archives, AERI Doctoral Fellows research agendas, Archival Literature Analysis, and lastly, a reflection on AERI’s past accomplishments and how to move our community into the future. The Institute also featured workshops, paper, and poster presentations by U.S. and international archival scholars.