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12 September 2000: Kudos to Rich Szary

The Society of American Archivists, in its annual meeting at the end of August in Denver, Colorado, named a handful of distinguished archivists as Fellows of the Society, joining previous recipients of the award. This is the highest honor that the archival profession bestows on members of its group. The staff of Manuscripts & Archives are particularly proud that Richard Szary, Carrie S. Beinecke Director, Manuscripts and Archives, now joins the the distinguished ranks of SAA Fellows. Rich Szary's citation reads as follows:

"A most distinguished group of archivists has recognized Richard V. Szary for his consistent excellence as an archivist at the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University and as a seminal thinker and leader of the profession who employs new technology to improve descriptive and user access. Richard's solid intellect and mode of analysis has enabled him to make visionary contributions to the development of descriptive practice, especially in the area of authority control, standards, and Encoded Archival Description. Following Asian Studies graduate work at the University of Illinois, Richard worked from 1975 to 1988 at the Smithsonian Institution, first in the Archives and then in the Office of Information Resource Management. At Yale University since 1988, Richard has obtained institutional support to rebuild the Yale University Archives, no doubt through his quiet, persistent, and thoroughly professional advocacy for archives, heritage, and user service. Through election to Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, we honor the model he provides of an intelligent, passionate, compassionate, and dedicated archivist who is indeed one of the "quite giants" of the profession."

Please join us in congratulating Rich Szary for his tremendous achievements for Yale University and the broader archival community.

Ann Okerson
Associate University Librarian

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