Instrumental Archivist: Robert D.W. Connor

Posted: October 12, 2015 by saacua in Instrumental Archivist
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Robert D.W. Connor, First archivist of the National Archives and Records Administration

Robert D.W. Connor, First archivist of the National Archives and Records Administration

Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, was born in Wilson, North Carolina on September 26, 1878 and is most known for being the first Archivist of the United States.  Connor earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1899.  From 1921-1934, Connor was a professor of History and Government at UNC.  On October 10, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Connor to be the First Archivist of the United States, and began his archival duties immediately.  His appointment did not become official until March 20, 1935 when the senate approved of Connor.  Connor remained the FIrst Archivist until 1941 where he then returned to UNC to continue teaching until he retired in 1949.  He died the following year on February 25, 1950.

If you would like to learn more about Robert D.W. Connor, look at the following links below.

Writings by Connor:

http://www.jstor.org/stable/25688840?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

http://www.jstor.org/stable/20162074?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

http://www.jstor.org/stable/27766401?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

http://www.jstor.org/stable/20663412?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

http://www.jstor.org/stable/23515848?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Writings about Connor:

http://americanarchivist.org/doi/pdf/10.17723/aarc.36.4.m04t3m242w07n250

http://americanarchivist.org/doi/pdf/10.17723/aarc.18.3.y4614904332260x7

http://www.jstor.org/stable/40291668?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

http://americanarchivist.org/doi/pdf/10.17723/aarc.46.3.33113173xv44k478

Additional sources of Information:

https://www.archives.gov/about/history/archivists/connor.html

https://nationalarchiveshistory.wordpress.com/tag/robert-d-w-connor/

http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/c/Connor,R.D.W.html

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