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Mark A Greene

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
Director, American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Mark Greene has been the director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, since 2002. The AHC is a 75,000 cubic foot manuscript repository, university archives, and rare book library, and administers a host of programs including Wyoming History Day. During his tenure, the AHC performed a six-year comprehensive collection analysis, developed its first formal collecting policy and collection management policy (both accessible on the AHC’s webpage, http://ahc.uwyo.edu), cataloged the entirety of its 3,000 collections, and implemented one of the nation's largest reappraisal and deaccessioning programs. In 2010 the AHC received the Distinguished Service Award from SAA.

Prior to coming to the AHC, Mark was Head of Research Center Programs at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. (formerly Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village), including supervision of the library, archives, museum cataloging, and digitization. For eleven years Mark was the curator of manuscripts acquisition at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), responsible for donor relations, collection development, and appraisal. (He acquired one of the nation's first collections of websites, documenting the 1997 Red River Valley floods.) At MHS Mark also worked closely with museum acquisition personnel, and served on the appraisal/accessioning committee for the state archives. Mark's first full-time professional position (1985-89) was as archivist for Carleton College. He received his education as an archivist from the University of Michigan, as part of his MA in US History.

Mark has published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and chapters in U.S., Canadian, British, Swiss, Spanish, and Brazilian archival publications, on the topics of appraisal and collection development, reappraisal and deaccessioning, business records, congressional collections, privacy in personal papers, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, using university archives as instructional material, working with under-represented communities, the tension between context and content in archival theory, the relevance of postmodernism to practicing archivists, collecting and preserving web sites, and archival values. With Dennis Meissner he published the article now known as MPLP.

During the 1990s Mark developed the Midwest Archives Conference's one-day workshop on the Fundamentals of Archival Appraisal, and taught the workshop at regional meetings across the country. He developed and is an instructor for the SAA workshops “Fundamentals of Acquisition and Appraisal” and “Advanced Appraisal.” Mark has chaired the SAA Manuscripts Repository Section, Congressional Papers Roundtable, and Committee on Education and Professional Development, served on SAA Council and as SAA President (2007-08), and was elected an SAA Fellow in 2002. His full vita can be viewed at http://ahc.uwyo.edu/documents/faculty/greene/Greene_Vita_04-11.pdf.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, August 15

1:30pm CDT