WHEREAS, on August 8, 2000, HBE/Adam's Mark sued the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for breach of contract pursuant to OAH's refusal to hold its spring 2000 meeting at the St. Louis Adam's Mark Hotel;
AND WHEREAS, the OAH action resulted from a lawsuit brought against HBE/Adam's Mark in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for discriminatory practices against African Americans;
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Society of American Archivists expresses its continued support of the OAH's continuing efforts to resolve issues related to its differences with HBE/Adam's Mark. SAA further acknowledges OAH's moral courage which contributed materially to compelling HBE/Adam's Mark to settle the Justice Department/NAACP lawsuit with the largest racial discrimination settlement by a hotel in U.S. history.
Approved by the Council of the Society of American Archivists
August 29, 2000