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ISCHOOLDISCUSSION  January 2009

ISCHOOLDISCUSSION January 2009

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Professor Allen Weinstein, Ninth Arch ivist of the United States, Joins Marylan d’s iSchool

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Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:28:49 -0500

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PRESS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: JAIME OLIVER
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*Professor Allen Weinstein, Ninth Archivist of the United States, Joins 
Maryland’s iSchool *


(College Park, MD) 1/23/09- Historian Allen Weinstein, most recently 
ninth Archivist of the United States, will join the faculty of the 
University of Maryland, College of Information Studies – Maryland’s 
iSchool – as a visiting professor in February 2009. In announcing 
Weinstein’s appointment Dean Jennifer Preece states: “We are honored to 
have Professor Allen Weinstein join the iSchool. He will challenge our 
students and faculty intellectually and substantially add to our growing 
reputation. Reading Allen’s biography is inspiring; he has achieved and 
contributed so much as Archivist, leading historian and promoter of 
world peace and democracy. Allen will help us to reach out to leading 
figures in Washington and beyond.” “The University is privileged and 
excited to have Professor Allen Weinstein joining our faculty,” said 
U.M. President C. D. Mote, Jr. “Allen’s breadth of experiences and 
remarkable vision are great assets to our campus. His scholarship on 
democracy provides a special opportunity for our campus community.”

Weinstein’s 44-month tenure as Archivist of the United States brought 
increased emphasis on civic education, greater concern for maximizing 
access to the National Archives’ vast documentary holdings, and major 
progress in preserving electronic records. Several of NARA’s many 
notable achievements under his leadership included overhauling the 
method by which the Government classifies and declassifies documents so 
that sensitive documents are withheld only for as long as necessary, 
expanding the Presidential Library System to include the libraries of 
Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, and greatly expanding educational and 
public outreach programs, and reducing the existing documentary backlog 
by over 20%.

Frank Boles, president of the Society of American Archivists, thanked 
Weinstein for being a “motivating force” as Archivist and acknowledged 
his “contributions to our profession.” He added, “During your tenure - 
and as a direct result of your vision, leadership, and diligence - the 
National Archives and Records Administration has made significant 
progress on a broad array of issues.”

When asked about his many other achievements, Weinstein talks with pride 
about his role as founder, President and CEO of the Washington-based 
Center for Democracy, a non-profit foundation created to assist 
development of law-based democracies (1985-2003). For this and his 
contributions to world peace Weinstein received the United Nations Peace 
Medal (1986) for “efforts to promote peace, dialogue, and free elections 
in several critical parts of the world.” He also received the Council of 
Europe’s Silver Medal in 1990 and 1996, presented by its Parliamentary 
Assembly, for “outstanding assistance and guidance over many years”.
 
Other awards and fellowships won by Weinstein include two Senior 
Fulbright Lectureships, an American Council of Learned Societies 
Fellowship, the Commonwealth Fund Lectureship at the University of 
London, and a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 
(Smithsonian) Fellowship.

The best known of Weinstein’s many books is probably the Perjury: The 
Hiss-Chambers Case (Knopf; Vintage paperback; Hutchinsons Ltd.; revised 
ed. Random House paperback 1997), which received several citations 
including an American Book Award nomination. His articles have appeared 
in: The American Scholar, The American Historical Review, Esquire, The 
Journal of American History, The New York Review of Books, The New York 
Times, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street 
Journal, and The Washington Post.  He has also appeared on television 
and radio and he is a frequent commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, and other 
networks.


No stranger to higher education, Weinstein has also held major 
appointments at Georgetown University, Boston University and Smith 
College and visiting professor appointments at Brown, Columbia, Florida 
International University, and George Washington University.

Read more about Professor Weinstein:
http://ischool.umd.edu/
http://www.archives.gov/about/info/archivist-biography.html (biography)
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2009/nr09-29.html (NARA 
resignation press release)

*About Maryland’s iSchool*
The College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, empowers people, 
organizations and society to use information effectively through its 
research and undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. 
Maryland's iSchool enables students and faculty to create new ways for 
people to connect with information that will transform society and is 
ideally located in the information capital of the world- the Washington 
DC metro region. The iSchool is transforming itself as well, from a 
small college with a strong foundation in library and information 
studies programs to a fast-growing and groundbreaking center of 
expertise that will help people manage the information explosion from 
childhood to adulthood.
For more information on Maryland's iSchool, visit www.ischool.umd.edu 
<http://www.ischool.umd.edu>

###

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_____________________________
Jaime Oliver
Communications Coordinator
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
4110 Hornbake Bldg
301-405-1260

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