Nancy Lenoil, Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect

Professional Experience: California State Archives: State Archivist, 2006–present; Archivist, 1988–2006. California Historical Records Advisory Board: State Historical Records Coordinator, 2006–present. Western Archives Institute: Faculty, 2006–present; Project Director, Institute for Native American and Tribal Archivists, 2000–2003; Administrator, 1992–2006. NHPRC: Fellow in Archives Administration, 1987–1988. Wayne State University Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs: Archives Technician, 1986–1987. Italian American Cultural Society of Detroit: Archives Consultant, 1986–1987.

Education: MA, History with Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration, Wayne State University, 1987. BA, History, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1983

Honors: Distinguished Fellow, Society of American Archivists, 2012. Special Recognition Award, Society of California Archivists, 2006. Division Chief’s Commendation, California Highway Patrol, 2007. 

Selected Professional Activities: Society of American Archivists: Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy, 2014–present; Chair, Appointments Committee, 2013–2014; Co-Chair, Joint Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2012–2013; Council, 2006–2009; American Archivist Editorial Board, 2005–2006; A*CENSUS Working Group, 2003–2005; Committee on Education and Professional Development, 1998–2000, 2002–2005; Continuing Education Task Force, 2002–2004; Oliver Wendell Holmes Award Committee, 2000–2003; Chair, Nominating Committee, 1998–1999. Council of State Archivists (CoSA): Executive Transition Committee, 2011–2012. Academy of Certified Archivists: Outreach Committee, 1997–1998; Nominating Committee, 1993. National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA): Chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1999–2000; Annual Meeting Program and Local Arrangements Committees, 1997. Society of California Archivists: Strategic Planning Task Force, 2012–2013; Chair, Western Archives Institute Joint Management Committee, 1992–2006; Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 1996–1997; Secretary, 1989–1991; Program Committee, 1990–1991; Education Committee, 1987–1989. California Preservation Program Steering Committee: 2006–present. National Forum on Archival Continuing Education (NFACE): Common Ground Speaker, 2000; Member, NFACE Archival Education and Information Web Needs Assessment Project Working Group, 2001. Presenter, California Highway Patrol Protection of Public Officials Course, 1997–present.

Publications: Co-Author, “The View from Here: Perspectives on Educating About Archives,” The American Archivist, Vol. 74, 2013. Co-Author, “The First California Statute: Legal History & California State Archives,” Journal of the California Supreme Court Historical Society, Vol. 4, 2009. Author, “Archival Census & Continuing Education Needs Survey in the United States (A*CENSUS): Continuing Education,” The American Archivist, Fall/Winter 2006.


Selected Presentations: Conference presentations, workshops and seminars include “Grant Funding for Archives,” “The Western Archives Institute: Meeting the Need for Grassroots Education across the West (and beyond),” “From Down and Troubled to You’ve Got a Friend: Creation of The Friends of California Archives,” “Who You Need to Meet Before Disaster Strikes: the Council of State Archivists Emergency Preparedness Initiative,” “Overview of Digital Archives and Preservation of Electronic Content,”  “The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: the Case, the Records, and the Management of a High-Profile Archival Collection,” “NFACE: Continuing Education and the Professional Archivist.” 


Question posed by Nominating Committee: Describe your vision to raise the profile of archives and archivists and how you would leverage the strategic plan to move this forward. 

SAA has established initiatives to raise the profile of archives and archivists and develop good relations with allied organizations. I want to build on those programs by forging new relationships and increasing education about archives, reaching beyond allied organizations to other groups that use, create, or keep records. My experience with the Western Archives Institute for Native American and Tribal Archivists will be a useful guide, as will my years working with the CHP, which incorporates archival materials in teaching how to protect public officials. I’ve bumped into law enforcement personnel who years later recalled their day at the archives and how it helped them in their careers—we need more teaching moments like these to impart a respect and appreciation for our profession.

As Vice President, I can promote this vision through the numerous appointments for which I’d be responsible. Working with the Appointments Committee, I will identify people who would help move SAA’s programs forward in key areas to reach out to new constituencies and potential supporters. I will also involve the members of the thirty-seven SAA student chapters to help develop new relationships and bring others into the profession.

My experience serving on Council and participating in several strategic initiatives over the course of my thirty years of involvement in SAA will guide me in shepherding the strategic plan and monitoring the key performance indicators enumerated in the plan to determine who is being reached by current initiatives, who isn’t, and fine-tuning the plan to maximize its impact. Your reading this and voting shows that you care about SAA. Thank you for your active involvement!

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