Government Affairs Committee

Monitors national, state and local legislation, governmental funding agencies, political appointments, and political issues of interest to archivists; coordinates special governmental projects.

If you are a local and regional archives in need of support, please contact the Government Affairs Committee Chair.

General Description

This standing committee monitors national, state and local legislation and policy, political appointments and governmental funding agencies, and political issues of interest to archivists. It communicates its findings to the membership via the SCA Board of Directors, the Newsletter, special mailings, and the annual members meeting. It spearheads the resulting action of the Corporation, as approved by the Board. It also orchestrates special projects on an as-needed basis.

Recent Efforts

June 2017, Letter supporting funding for NARA, NHPRC, NEH, and IMLS to Committee of Appropriations, United States Congress, signed by David Uhlich, SCA President.

Past Efforts

April 2017, Postcard supporting continuing funding for IMLS.

June 2016, Letter supporting the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress.

July 2014, Letter opposing cuts to funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

April 2014, Letter supporting funding for NEH and IMLS. 

March 2014, Letter supporting California's SB 1009, authorizing the Secretary of State to use professional archival practices to appraise and manage the records of former Governors deposited with the State Archives.

August and May 2013, SCA letters of support for California's SB 479 to transfer the record management duties of the Director of the Department of General Service to the Secretary of State (and the State Archives).

July 2013, SCA letter of support for NHPRC funding.

March 2013, SCA letter of support for opening historic voter records to the public.

September 2012, SCA letter of support for the Georgia State Archives.

June 2012, SCA letter of support for NHPRC funding.

May 2012, SCA written testimony in support of the NHPRC.

Committee Responsibilities

  1. Monitors national, state and local legislation and policy, election issues, political appointments, governmental funding agencies, and political issues of interest to archivists.

  2. Informs the SCA Board of salient news and recommends a course of action.

  3. Informs SCA membership of political developments, and situations that call for activism, through the Newsletter, the annual members meeting, and special mailings if necessary.

  4. Coordinates, on an as-needed basis, special projects that correct shortcomings in law from an archival perspective.

  5. Assists the SCA program and workshop planners in preparing panels, programs, seminars, and annual meeting displays pertinent to the committee's realm of activity.

  6. Maintains a copy of the SCA Handbook, and recommends revisions of the Government Affairs Committee section to SCA Board when needed.

  7. Forwards non-current records of the committee to the SCA archives at the end of the year.


Chair: Genevieve Preston, 2017-2020

San Bernardino County Historical Archives (909)890-1713

Susan Goldstein

San Francisco History Center/Book Arts and Special Collections (415) 557-4563


James Hofer  (909) 238-1712 or (909) 792-8664


Layce Johnson

Idaho State Archives (208) 514-2312


David Keller

MWD Records Management & Imaging Services (213) 217-5911

Alix Norton

UC Santa Cruz

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