The Solo Archivists Section (SAS) originated as the Lone Arrangers Roundtable (2003-2017), later the Lone Arrangers Section (2017-2023).  Here is a short account of the section's origins written by founding co-chair Nancy Freeman in 2007: 

The Lone Arrangers Roundtable grew directly out of the lone arranger’s lunches. From 1999-2002, at the national conferences, SAA sponsored and organized a lunch for lone arrangers. The premise was to give lone arrangers a chance to network. Usually lunch tables were set up by subject area, for instance "volunteers", and those at the table would talk about how to use volunteers in the lone arranger setting.

The lunches appeared to be quite popular and at the SAA conference lone arranger’s lunch in 2002, enough signatures were gathered to petition Council for the right to form a roundtable. In January 2003 Council approved the creation of a Lone Arrangers Roundtable.

The inaugural meeting of the Roundtable was held at SAA in Los Angeles in 2003. A chair and co-chair were elected. With the input of wonderful members, the Roundtable has been going strong ever since!

The SAS indeed continues to go strong today.  More recent history (including our name change in 2023) can most readily be found in our "SOLO" newsletter; for earlier years, see the summaries and Wayback Machine links within our "Past Annual Meetings" page.  Also check out this excellent (though outdated) Local Representatives Map from 2017.


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