Council Resolution Honoring Fynnette L. Eaton, FSAA

August 17, 2018

WHEREAS Fynnette L. Eaton, FSAA, has had a distinguished career as a government archivist for more than 30 years, dividing her time between the National Archives and Records Administration and the Smithsonian Institution, and as a consultant since her “retirement” in 2007; and

WHEREAS Fynnette has been a member of the Society of American Archivists since 1984 and was named a Distinguished Fellow in 1995; and

WHEREAS Fynnette was an early adopter of the “new” arena of electronic records management, serving as branch chief for the Technical Services Branch of NARA’s Center for Electronic Records, director of the Technical Services Division for the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and change management officer for  NARA’s Electronic Records Archives Program; and

WHEREAS Fynnette has actively shared her “techie” and change management knowledge and skills with her archivist colleagues as a member of the NHPRC’s Electronic Records Research Fellowship Program (2004-2007) and as an SAA workshop instructor; and

WHEREAS Fynnette has provided leadership to SAA in numerous roles, including as a member and co-chair of the Program Committee, co-chair of the Annual Meeting Task Force, and SAA Treasurer from 2003 to 2006; and

WHEREAS Fynnette served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the SAA Foundation beginning in 2012 and as the first President of the “new Foundation” from 2014 to 2017, during which time she led the Foundation’s transition from its infancy to an active and engaged philanthropic entity; and  

WHEREAS Fynnette has been a loyal and passionate champion of the Foundation, supporting it with her time, her creativity, and her generous gifts;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Society of American Archivists recognizes and thanks Fynnette Eaton for her leadership, passion, perseverance, and outstanding service to SAA, the SAA Foundation, and the archives profession.