These are the organizational files for the Society of California Archivists (SCA). They cover from the beginning of its formation
in 1971 to 2009. The bulk of the files go to 2004. The series are organized in alphabetical order and include board meeting
files as well as committees activites, handbooks, newsletters, photographs and training workshop files.
"The Society of California Archivists (SCA) was established to promote cooperation and exchange of information among individuals
interested in the preservation and use of archival and manuscript materials in California and adjoining areas, to disseminate
information on research materials and archival methodology, and to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of common
concern. The Society originated from the meeting, in July 1971, at the invitation of Lynn B. Donovan, of a representative
group of archivists and manuscript curators in California, to discuss the formation of an archival organization as a means
of response to the burden of personal expense involved for California archivists in travelling to out-of-state professional
meetings and the need for a locally-oriented forum. This group acted as an ad hoc steering committee until the Society was
formally voted into existence in October 1971, at an organizational meeting attended by 48 persons drawn from the California
membership of the Society of American Archivists, the Manuscript Society, the Rare Books Section of the Association of College
and Research Libraries and the Conference of California Historical Societies. The meeting elected a Steering Committee, which
developed the Bylaws by which, with a few revisions, the Society is still basically governed; and it instituted annual meetings
and a newsletter published several times yearly, both of which remain important channels of communication and information
exchange for a membership which has always been somewhat heterogeneous and is separated by considerable distances from the
north to the south. In addition to regular meetings and workshops, the Society has over the years, sponsored a number of special
events and activities to further professional education and raise the profile of the archival community in California, usually
working in conjunction with other organizations and institutions, including the Society of American Archivists and the National
Archives and Record Administration.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.