The University of Wyoming is holding a memorial service tomorrow for Mark Greene, so he’s once again on my mind.  It seems trite to refer to the June 21st car accident that took his life as untimely.  But as evidenced by the many comments left on SAA’s page, Greene left an indelible mark on the archival community, and I can only wonder how many more people could have been inspired but for this accident.

When I was working on my master’s paper, Mark offered his time to assist me in my research about born-digital records.  Of course, I had already read his seminal work on “More Process, Less Process,” so I was awed to have the opportunity to interview him.  He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me discussing his work at the American Heritage Center and providing information on their policies and workflows for appraisal, processing, and access for born-digital records.

Until I started developing this post, I’d never stopped to think about it, but not long after the publication of MPLP — but long before I knew of Mark Greene — I presented a workshop at the 2007 North Carolina Council for Social Studies Annual Conference entitled “Doing More with Less: Simplifying the Teaching of U.S. History.”  I’m certainly not trying to suggest my archival intellect approaches that of Greene, but I do take some comfort in recognizing that we were thinking along parallel lines in different professions.  His 2013 article about social justice also prompted me to read Rand Jimerson’s book Archives Power so I could be well-prepared for a discussion of Greene’s pre-print at the SAA annual meeting in New Orleans.  May we all strive to bring the same passion, commitment, thoughtfulness, and creativity to our work — and may we also commit ourselves to mentoring others in the archival realm, as Mark would have us do.

I imagine I’m not the only one these days who wants to take the opportunity to learn a bit more from a man who gave so much to the archival community.  I found a CV on the American Heritage Center site that lists his publications and added citations for articles freely accessible online (plus some additional publications I uncovered):

Greene also presented a number of papers, but I can only find one available online:

 

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