2021 LGRS Election Candidate Information

This year we have one nominee: John H. Slate for Vice Chair Chair-Elect. The remaining committee members will continue serving their 3 years terms. Please see John's information below!

You will be voting for:

  • One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (or Co-chair), for a two-year term

Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens! 

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate

The following candidate is running for the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (or Co-chair) position:

John H. Slate
Archivist for the City of Dallas, Dallas Municipal Archives

Candidate Bio:

John H. Slate is city archivist for the City of Dallas, where he has been responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives since 2000. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He possesses a BS from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, specializing in archival enterprise, from the same institution.

He’s written numerous articles on archives, photography, music, and Texas history and is the author or co-author of four Arcadia Images of America series books: Historic Dallas Parks, Lost Austin, Dealey Plaza, and John F. Kennedy Sites in Dallas-Fort Worth. He is co-author of Managing Local Government Archives (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).


Local government archives are among the most ubiquitous of permanently valuable records in the United States, but also among the most neglected and endangered. A forum for learning, information sharing, and problem solving is critical to the cadre of professionals and paraprofessionals who care for these materials, and I’d like to continue to help foster this extended dialogue. My goal as chair of the Local Government Records Section is to continue to advocate for the preservation, access and safety of local government archives, and to encourage thoughtful approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the internal and external practices of local government archives.

I’ve chaired this section in the past, and I’d love the opportunity to serve again as we reimagine and rethink what an archives can be in the 21st century.