October 1, 2007
Director Evans to Retire from The NHPRC
- Keith Donohue
Washington, DC…Executive Director Max J. Evans announced today that he will be retiring from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) on January 31, 2008. Mr. Evans, who was appointed in January 2003, will be assuming a new position with the Latter Day Saints Church Historical Department in Salt Lake City, Utah.
During his tenure at the NHPRC, Mr. Evans initiated a number of new programs and procedures, including a complete revamping of the application process through Grants.gov and the agency’s internal grants management system, the creation of grant programs for basic and detailed processing, collections digitization, implementation of electronic records programs, archival strategies and tools, and the new Archives Leadership Institute run by the University of Wisconsin. He oversaw the completion of several long-term historical documentary editions projects, including the first Supreme Court, and advocated for increased use of the Internet as a publishing medium for historical records collections. In 2005, after the devastating hurricanes in the Gulf States, he worked with the Council of State Archivists to provide emergency preparedness for state archives, and he introduced changes to solidify the national archival network among the states.
Prior to joining the NHPRC, Mr. Evans was the Director of the Utah State Historical Society and editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. He was a founding member of the Conference of Intermountain Archivists and is a fellow of the Society of American Archivists, having served on and chaired several SAA committees. Long interested in archives and automation, Mr. Evans helped develop the MARC-AMC format and the Research Libraries Group's archives and manuscripts programs. He was a member of the RLG Board of Directors, 1991-92. His career has included work as an archivist at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Director of the State History Library.
The NHPRC is the grantmaking arm of the National Archives and since 1964 has been supporting projects across the nation to preserve and publish historical records.