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By-Laws and Laws of Governance of the
Society of Tennessee Archivists



The title of this organization shall be The Society of Tennessee Archivists.


The Society of Tennessee Archivists shall be a not-for-profit organization.


(1) To Promote the preservation, description, use, administration and accessibility of archives and manuscripts according to accepted archival principles.

(2) To Promote, according to professional standards, the education and training of archivists, manuscript curators and other interested persons.

(3) To Encourage government agencies, other institutions of all types, and individuals to assume and assure modern collection, preservation and administration of archives and manuscripts.

(4) To Promote the exchange of information among archival institutions both within and outside Tennessee.

(5) To Maintain and strengthen relations with others in allied disciplines.

(6) To Cooperate with the Society of American Archivists, the Southern Archivists Conference and other professional archival organizations in promoting the archival profession.


There shall be three categories of membership: regular, associate and institutional.

(1) Regular members are those persons who are full-time or part-time employees in the field of archives, manuscripts or records management.

(2) Associate members are those interested persons in allied disciplines, students and others who do not qualify for regular membership. Associate members enjoy all the privileges and benefits of membership except that they shall not hold office.

(3) Institutional members may include includes archives, libraries, businesses, government agencies and other institutions and organizations. Institutional members do not hold offices. They may designate someone to cast their vote on matters brought before the society’s membership.


Dues for each membership category shall be proposed by the executive committee and approved by a majority of members present and voting at the annual business meeting of the Society. Notice of any proposal dues change shall be given the membership at least four weeks prior to the business meeting. Dues for each calendar year shall be paid by April 30th.

The current dues (adopted October 2014) are:

(1) For Regular Membership: $30.00

(2) For Institutional Membership: $30.00

(3) For Associate Membership: $10.00


The Society shall issue an occasional newsletter, which shall contain reports of the Society’s status, reports of meetings, informational notes, and any other information of interest to the membership. A newsletter editor, appointed by the executive committee, shall produce the newsletter and have responsibility for its distribution. A copy of the newsletter will be provided to all dues-paying members and to other persons and institutions or organizations as deemed necessary. The Society may produce other publications as found desirable.


Officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President (President-Elect), Secretary, Treasurer, Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and Southern Archivists Conference Representative. The term of office for President and Vice-President/President-elect shall be for one year only.

The Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Southern Archivists Conference Representative shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to three-year terms, respectively. The Secretary, Treasurer, Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Southern Archivists Conference Representative may serve unlimited successive terms. All officers must be regular members in good standing of this organization

Election of officers (from a slate presented by the Nominating Committee) shall be held at the annual business meeting and shall be conducted by written ballot. Election decisions will be determined by simple majority of those members present and voting.

The President shall preside at meetings, conduct the routine business of the Society between meetings, appoint committees as needed, and represent the Society.

The Vice-President/President-Elect shall conduct the Society’s business in the absence of the President if necessary during the term, and assist the President in the operation of the Society.

The Secretary shall record the minutes of each Society business meeting and have custody of the minutes. At the completion of the term of office, said minutes will be deposited by the Society’s archivist.

The Treasurer shall collect dues, maintain the financial records, disburse funds as necessary, and prepare an annual report to be published in the newsletter prior to the annual business meeting.

The Newsletter Editor will be responsible for the publication and distribution of the Society’s newsletter.

The Archivist, appointed by the executive committee, shall have custody of and responsibility for the maintenance of the permanent records of the Society and will make such records available to officers and members as necessary. All officers at the end of their tenure in office shall deposit Society records in their possession with the Archivist, unless such records are necessary to their successor in office.

The Webmaster, appointed by the executive committee, shall be responsible for the design and maintenance of the Society of Tennessee Archivists’ website.

The Southern Archivists Conference (SAC) Representative , appointed by the Executive Committee, shall correspond with other members of the Southern Archivists Conference and communicate information on biennial meetings to members of the Society of Tennessee Archivists.

In the event an officer is unable to complete his/her term of office, the Executive Committee shall appoint an Interim officer to fill out the remainder of said position for that term. If an officer cannot complete his/her term within 60 days or less prior to the annual meeting, the Executive Committee will accept responsibility for the duties of that office.

The Society shall have an Executive Committee consisting of the officers and immediate past President of the Society. The Executive Committee will appoint the Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Southern Archivists Conference Representative. Upon appointment, the Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Southern Archivists Conference Representative become members of the Executive Committee.

A Nominating Committee of at least three members appointed by the President shall propose a slate of officers (Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer). Nominating Committee members should represent each of the state’s three grand divisions whenever possible. Nominees for officers should be selected from each of the state’s three grand divisions whenever possible. The membership shall be notified of the nominees for office at least four weeks prior to the election. Members of the committee will be responsible for the election process and vote tabulation.

A Membership Committee shall be appointed by the President to promote and coordinate the society’s membership activities. The committee shall consist of a chairperson and at least three members, each representing one of the state’s three grand divisions of the state: East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee .

An Awards Committee, consisting of the Society’s three immediate past Presidents, shall, when deemed appropriate by the committee, select an archives, manuscript or records repository in Tennessee (either an institutional member or a repository with employees who are society members) deserving of honor and recognition by the Society for its efforts to support and advance the objectives of The Society of Tennessee Archivists.

Two members shall be chosen by the President to represent the Southern Archivists Conference coordinating committee. For continuity, the representatives will be appointed to staggered two-year terms. To accomplish this, the first appointments made after the adoption of these articles of organization will be for a four-year term and a two-year term, respectively. Thereafter all appointments would be for two-year terms.
(See also Article XI and Appendix A).

An Education Committee consisting of two or more members may be appointed by the President, to create a calendar projecting themes for future STA meetings two years in advance. When possible, the Education Committee shall coordinate annual meetings themes and program topics with TSLA’s Archives Institute. The Education Committee shall also administer the Society’s Student Scholarship Program.

An Arrangements Committee, consisting of the Vice-President of the Society serving as Chairperson; the immediate President of the Society, the Treasurer, the Newsletter Editor, the Webmaster, and at least one representative of the Society from each Grand Division of the State of Tennessee, and any additional individuals as the chairperson deems necessary to conduct the business of the committee. The Arrangements Committee is responsible for the organization of the Society of Tennessee Archivists annual meeting, including meeting site transactions, itineraries, speaker contacts, member notification, workshop arrangements, fee schedules, and any other business involved with the Annual Meeting of the Society. The Arrangements Committee shall conform to the stipulations of Article VIII of the By-Laws of the Society of Tennessee Archivists.


There shall be an annual meeting held in the autumn, at which officers will be elected and other necessary business transacted. Meeting sites shall rotate among locations in the three grand divisions of the state (East Tennessee , Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee) whenever possible.

All members shall be notified of upcoming meetings at least four weeks prior to the meetings.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership, exclusive of institutional members, shall constitute a quorum at the business meeting.

Decisions at meetings shall be made by a simple majority of those members present and voting.

The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the order of business at meetings.


In the event of dissolution of this society, the assets and all other property of the Society shall be disposed of according to the decision and simple majority of those present and voting at the last meeting and according to proper procedures for a not-for-profit organization. The “archives” or permanent records of the Society shall be given by the last Society Archivist to the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee .


These articles of organization may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those members present and voting at an annual business meeting. Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the full membership either in writing or published in the Society’s newsletter at least four weeks prior to the meeting at which the amendments will be considered.


The Society of Tennessee Archivists shall be a member and participate in the regional group, the Southern Archivists Conference. Such membership will entail some responsibilities associated with participating in biennial meetings and occasionally hosting these meetings. (See Article VI:13 and Appendix A: Southern Archivists Conference Bylaws)



The organization will be known as The Southern Archivists Conference (SAC).

All members of participating state archivists’ organizations will be members of SAC.

The purpose of SAC is to foster closer cooperation among archivists in the region and advance the interests of our profession.

SAC will be governed by a committee composed of two representatives from each of the member organizations. The representatives will be selected by the member organizations for two-year terms. The coordinating committee will select its own chair to serve for a two-year term. The coordinating committee will meet as necessary but not less than once a year.

SAC will meet every other year at a convenient location. The meeting site will rotate among the states represented by the member organizations. Plans for the meeting will be the responsibility of the coordinating committee.

The coordinating committee will assess any financial obligations for SAC activities among the constituent societies, normally following the principle of equal shares.

The coordinating committee will decide upon the appropriate mechanism for making any changes in the purpose, organization or membership requirements for SAC.
A state society may join SAC by petitioning the SAC coordinating committee. Applications from states entering must receive the approval of the SAC coordinating committee.

These Bylaws approved
by the Membership
of the Society of Tennessee Archivists
at its annual meeting
November 14, 1997
Amended, November 5, 1999
Amended, November 10, 2005

Amended, October 27, 2006

Amended, November 9, 2007

Amended, October 16, 2014