Keynote Speaker

Organized by College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Opening Plenary


David B. Gracy, II


B.A., 1963, and M.A., 1966, both in History from The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., 1971, History, Texas Tech University.

Dr. Gracy worked in the Texas State Archives and University of Texas Archives before becoming Archivist, Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University, and then Director, Texas State Archives. He is a former President of both the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Gracy's research interests include the history of archival enterprise, of archives and libraries in Texas, and of the information domain. He is the author of Archives and Manuscripts: Arrangement and Description; of Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920; and of Moses Austin: His Life.
In addition, Dr. Gracy is the editor of Libraries & the Cultural Record, “Exploring the significance of collections of recorded knowledge” [URL:] the only journal devoted exclusively to the broad history of collections of knowledge that form the cultural record.