The new year begins with some very large shoes to fill in the profession as we express our gratitude to and celebrate the long and distinguished careers of three SAA Fellows who retired at the end of December and who collectively represent 120+ years of membership in SAA! RICHARD J. COX retired from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Computing and Information, where he was a professor in library and information science. Prior to joining Pitt in 1989, he held positions at the New York State Archives, Alabama Department of Archives and History, City of Baltimore, and the Maryland Historical Society. Cox, who was named a Fellow of SAA in 1989, served in a variety of leadership capacities for the association: as chair of the committee that drafted archival education guidelines in 1988, on the Council (1986–1989), as editor of The American Archivist (1991–1995), and as Publications Editor/Chair of the Publications Board (2002–2006), and during which time he authored two books for SAA: Lester J. Cappon and the Relationship of History, Archives, and Scholarship in the Golden Age of Archival Theory and with James O’Toole the perennial bestseller Understanding Archives and Manuscripts. A prolific writer, Cox authored more than 15 books and numerous articles, and presented at countless conferences across his career. He is the only person in the history of SAA to win its Waldo Gifford Leland Award for writing of superior excellence and usefulness three times: in 1991 for American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States (Scarecrow Press), in 2002 for Managing Records for Evidence and Information (Praeger), and in 2005 for No Innocent Deposits: Forming Archives by Rethinking Appraisal (Scarecrow Press). To celebrate the breadth and influence of Cox’s archival thinking, Jeannette A. Bastian and Elizabeth Yakel are co-editing a book that critically examines five themes in terms of their continuing relevance to the archival discipline that he championed: accountability and evidence, education and the archival profession, archival history, ethics, and memory. Titled Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the 21st Century—Essays in Honor of Richard J. Cox, the volume is forthcoming from SAA in 2019. After 28 years as university archivist, THOMAS J. FRUSCIANO is retiring from Rutgers University Libraries, where he led efforts to document and preserve the history of the university and worked to use technology to bring the collections into the public eye. Previously Frusciano was the university archivist at New York University (NYU), where he also was head of its Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and, prior to that, he worked at Educational Testing Service. Known for his professionalism and verve, Frusciano has contributed greatly to the archives field. For many years, he taught graduate courses in manuscripts and archives and advanced archival description at Rutgers and NYU, where he mentored many new (and not so new) professionals. At SAA, Frusciano chaired the Description Section, the College and University Archives Section, and the Archival Educators Section, as well as serving a three-year term on the SAA Council (2009–2012). Frusciano’s influential writings have often done the work of bridging archives and historical research. He has authored a wide variety of articles on both the history of higher education and archival practice and is the co-author with Marilyn Petit of New York University and the City: An Illustrated History (Rutgers University Press), which won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference’s Arline Custer Memorial Award for best book in 1998. He has served on several editorial boards, including as a founding editor of the Journal of Archival Organization (2002–2016). Frusciano co-edited with Christopher J. Prom the first book in SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, Archival Arrangement and Description (2013), now a bestselling resource for archivists. Among his recognitions, Frusciano was named a Fellow of SAA in 2002 and recently received the Roger McDonough Librarianship Award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance. HERBERT HARTSOOK closed out his 38-year archival career in South Carolina. The University of Michigan graduate in history and archival administration is best known for his development of the South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) at the University of South Carolina Libraries, a leading repository for legislative papers. Previously Hartsook worked at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History before joining the staff of the South Carolina Library, where he encountered its largest collection—the papers of former governor and US senator Olin Johnston. The collection, which consisted of more than 500 feet of materials that were basically untouched since they were acquired in 1965, became his special project, one that set the stage for the remainder of his career. In 1989, he helped to acquire the papers of Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, a South Carolina Democrat and former governor who served in the US Senate for 39 years. Thus Hartsook began furthering his archival specialization in congressional collecting. The SCPC now holds numerous diverse collections documenting modern society, politics, and government, in large part due to Hartsook’s management and niche specialization. Hartsook is also known for his teaching and mentoring. He’s lectured on archival management, development, and donor relations, and co-developed and presented a popular workshop with Cynthia Pease Miller titled, “The Acquisition, Processing, and Reference of Legislative Collections.” He participated in the group that created the NHPRC-funded book Managing Congressional Collections (SAA, 2008), and his 2001 Archival Issues article, “By Fair Means If You Can: A Case Study for Raising Private Monies to Support Archival Programs,” is considered a classic. A Fellow of SAA, Hartsook has held various leadership positions in the association, including on the Government Affairs Working Group, the Congressional Papers Roundtable, the Oral History Section, and the Manuscript Repositories Section.
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