Three years after the Society of American Archivists (SAA) held their thirtieth annual meeting in Atlanta in 1966 and three years after the establishment of the Georgia Archives Institute, twenty-one archivists gathered in Atlanta. This meeting on 25 July 1969 marked the first meeting of what would become the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA)-the third state or regional archival group formed in the United States. The forefathers of SGA stated that its purpose was "to bring about a closer communication among people in archives, manuscripts, special libraries, and other historically oriented professions; to increase knowledge in the theories and practices of archival administration and records management; to promote the preservation of archival resources of the state; and to strive for the establishment of sound archival standards in the handling of records from their creation to their disposition." They felt the society would aid the individual, advance the profession, and make Georgians more aware of the rich archival resources which document their history. Membership was open to any interested persons residing in Georgia.