Mark Allen Greene to speak at SILS winter commencement ceremony

Release date: 
October 31, 2008

Photo of Mark GreeneMark Allen Greene, director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, will provide the keynote address at the School's winter commencement ceremony. The ceremony will take place in the Pleasants Family Room of the Louis Round Wilson Library on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 10 a.m.

Greene has directed the American Heritage Center since August 2002.  The AHC is the University’s manuscript repository, rare book library, and university archives, with holdings of approximately 70,000 feet and serving 5,000 to 6,000 researchers each year.  He has an MA in U.S. History with a cognate in Archives Administration from the University of Michigan.  He began his career as archivist of Carleton College, followed by 11 years as the curator of manuscripts at the Minnesota Historical Society. Immediately prior to joining the American Heritage Center, he was head of research center programs for the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.

Mark has published articles in the field of history, and over 15 articles in archival journals, not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Switzerland, on such topics as collection development and appraisal, congressional papers, business records, privacy and confidentiality, working with underdocumented communities, collecting Web sites, using university archives in the undergraduate classroom, leadership, archives and postmodernism, and perhaps most prominently, changing processing procedures to reduce backlogs.  He has taught workshops across the nation on appraisal (and currently is the instructor for SAA’s Advanced Appraisal workshop), and occasional workshops, with Dennis Meissner of the Minnesota Historical Society, on their processing approach known as “More Product, Less Process” (MPLP). 

Mark has been a program committee chair, council member, and president of the Midwest Archives Conference.  He chaired the editorial board for the journal Archival Issues for four years.  Mark has served as chair of the Society of American Archivists' (SAA’s) Congressional Papers Roundtable, Manuscripts Repository Section, Committee on Education and Professional Development, and 2004 program committee.  He serves on SAA’s Task Force on Intellectual Property.  He served a term as a member of SAA council, and in 2002 he was named a Fellow of SAA the organization's highest honor. He also served as President of SAA for the year 2007-08. (Click inaugural address to read how he assesses some of the archival profession’s “foibles.” You may also access Greene's keynote address suggesting a set of formal professional values for archives.