About

SNCA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization which…

  • Promotes cooperation and the exchange of information among individuals and institutions interested in the preservation and use of the archival and manuscript resources of North Carolina;
  • Shares information on archival methodology and the availability of research materials;
  • Provides a forum for discussion of matters of common concern as they pertain to the archival profession in North Carolina;
  • Cooperates with organizations and professionals in related disciplines.

Origins of SNCA

After extensive study of state and local government archives and records programs, as well as historical records repositories, the NC Historical Records Advisory Committee issued a report in 1983 describing its findings. This report recommended the formation of an organization to “bring together and foster the exchange of ideas among professional archivists, librarians who bear responsibility for historical records, and other persons involved in the care of manuscripts.” Approximately thirty archivists and manuscript curators, representing the spectrum of public and private archives and repositories, gathered in Raleigh in October, 1983, to explore the possibility of forming such as association. They agreed that a separate, statewide archival organization would meet a number of needs, and selected a steering committee to organize the new association. At the society’s first meeting, held in Chapel Hill on March 9, 1984, the charter members accepted the proposed constitution and by-laws, and elected an inaugural slate of officers. In honor of the occasion, the day was proclaimed Archives Day by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. SNCA celebrated its tenth anniversary in Chapel Hill on March 9, 1994, which was once again proclaimed Archives Day by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Commemorative coffee mugs were distributed to meeting attendants, and the keynote speaker was David B. Gracy, II–who also spoke at the very first meeting.

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