History of SAA Leadership

From its founding in 1936 through today, the Society of American Archivists has been guided by inspired leaders who have advanced SAA's mission of serving the education and information needs of its members and providing leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. These pages record the names, stories, and ideas of these important figures in the Society's history.

Some of the categories below reflect changes over time in SAA’s governance structure. From 1936 to 1957, the Society elected annually both a President and a Vice President. From 1957 to the present, the Vice President has served as President-Elect. In 1972, a constitutional amendment did away with the elected position of Secretary and assigned those tasks to the Society’s Executive Director.

To learn more about SAA’s organizational history, click here.