Kenneth W. Duckett, an icon of the archival profession and a stalwart of the Midwest Archives Conference and SAA, passed away on July 12, 2014, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of ninety. Duckett served in the U.S. Army during World War II and graduated from the University of Denver following the war. He began his career as an archivist at the Wisconsin Historical society after being trained by the famed historian William B. Hesseltine at the University of Wisconsin. Duckett was catapulted to the national stage while working at the Ohio Historical Society, where he played a pivotal role in saving from destruction the letters of US Senator and later President Warren G. Harding to his lover Carrie Phillips. As he recounted in his book The Shoe Box Letters (2003), his role in saving the historically significant Harding letters cost him his job at the Ohio Historical Society. The next stop in his archival career was at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale. As curator of manuscripts in SIU’s Morris Library, Duckett built the manuscripts repository into one of the best in the country, a repository that had nationally prominent collections far exceeding what historians and literary scholars expected to find at a small university. After retiring from SIU, Duckett moved to Oregon, where he concluded his career at the University of Oregon. But Duckett was much more than a distinguished archivist. His quiet but engaging personality, combined with his archival expertise and mentoring of young archivists on his staff and in the profession, earned him the admiration and respect of an entire generation of archivists. I will dearly miss him. I am very grateful to have known him for more than four decades as a colleague and close friend. —Patrick M. Quinn, university archivist emeritus, Northwestern University Nadia Sophie Seiler, rare materials cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library, died in a road accident August 15, 2014, on her way to the SAA Annual Meeting. For over seven years, Seiler contributed to the scholarly world by providing access to the Folger’s art and manuscripts through thousands of catalog records and finding aid descriptions. Her joyful curiosity and expert analysis inspired scholars, interns, and colleagues to learn more about and dig deeper into the Folger collection. At the request of the family, donations in her memory to support continuing the work she loved so much can be made online at www.folger.edu/give or by mail to Tiffany FitzGerald at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. —Heather Wolfe and Erin Blake, Folger Shakespeare Library
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