Kathleen Williams Appointed Executive Director of NHPRC
Press Release · Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States (and NHPRC Chairman) Allen Weinstein today announced the appointment Kathleen M. Williams as Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Ms. Williams, who has been Acting Executive Director since January 2008, replaces former director Max Evans.

In making the appointment, Professor Weinstein said, “Ms. Williams brings a broad knowledge of the fields of archives and documentary editing to the Commission and its work. I am optimistic that together we will further the work of the NHPRC in preserving, publishing, and making accessible the nation's historical records.”

Ms. Williams was previously Deputy Executive Director of the NHPRC where she oversaw daily operations and the grant award cycles. She has worked at the NHPRC and the National Archives since 2004. Prior to joining the National Archives, Ms. Williams worked at the Smithsonian Institution where she served for ten years on the staff of the Smithsonian Institution Archives in various supervisory capacities, including its Archives Division Director from 1998-2004. Her career has included work as Assistant Archivist at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and ten years, from 1984-1994, as Archivist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she began the archives program. While in Houston, she also served as an adjunct instructor in the History Department at the University of Houston.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts) and a Master´s Degree in Arts and Cultural Administration from Goucher College (Baltimore, Maryland).

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.

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