The ARMA Tulsa Chapter was first chartered by the American Records Management Association in October 1973 with thirty-one members. In July 1975, with the consolidation of the American Records Management Association (ARMA) and the Association of Records Executives and Administrators (AREA) into one organization—The Association of Records Managers and Administrators, a new charter was issued.
The Tulsa Chapter was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma as a non-profit organization on March 16, 1978.
In the early years the chapter met monthly for nine months—taking the summer months June, July, and August off. In 1977 the Board of Directors voted to meet monthly year round. Currently the chapter meets September through June, taking July and August off.
The first President of the Tulsa Chapter was Allen N. Keegan, Cities Service Oil Company, who was instrumental in establishing the group in 1973. Mr. Keegan also was ARMA Region V Vice-President for 1975-1977 and President of ARMA West-Southwest Division in 1977. He was also the first chapter member to be designated a Certified Records Manager (CRM). Representatives from other leading Tulsa organizations including MAPCO, Williams Companies, Amerada Hess Corporation, Phillips Petroleum, and Skelly Oil Company served on the first chapter board.
1988 was a banner year for the group when the Chapter hosted the Petroleum Industry Action Committee Conference with 70 attendees; hosted the Region V Leadership Conference, and won ARMA International’s Chapter of the Year award for medium size chapters.
With the downturn in the Tulsa economy in the late 1990s, the chapter faced numerous challenges. Fortunately a core group of loyal members held together. In the 2000s the chapter has welcomed new faces and new energy. In 2009 the chapter sponsored our first Vendor Show and then in 2010 offered a full Seminar and Vendor Show. In September, 2011 the Chapter is joining forces with the Oklahoma City ARMA Chapter to host another great Seminar on records and information management key issues.