The National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942. The purpose of the NSA was to improve the standards of the secretarial profession, to provide educational benefits, and to sponsor civic and social activities.
The Houston Chapter of the NSA was chartered on September 28, 1948 at a meeting in the Sam Houston Hotel with 29 charter members. Houston hosted the National Convention for NSA in 1951 at the Shamrock Hotel. The organization changed names in 1981 to Professional Secretaries International and again in 1998 to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) to encompass the large number of varied administrative job titles and recognize the advancing role of administrative support staff in business and government.
The Houston Chapter’s scrapbook for 1960-61 documents their activities and includes some fantastic NSA campaign materials.