Pyatt inducted as a fellow of the Society of American Archivists

Timothy D. Pyatt, the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State's University Libraries, was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony on Aug. 9, at Beyond Borders, the SAA's 76th annual meeting, in San Diego. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

Pyatt has held distinguished positions in the field for more than 25 years. He has served in both archival and rare book positions, as well as university archivist at University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Duke University. He was director of processing for the Maryland State Archives, and curated rare book and manuscript collections at the University of Maryland-College Park, the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Duke.

Pyatt’s publications and presentations reflect significant breadth and depth. His articles have appeared in "Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship" and the "Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America," and he has authored contributions to several SAA books, including "Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records" (2005), "New Skills for a Digital Era" (2007), and both "Campus Case Studies" and "College and University Archives: Reading in Theory and Practice" (2008).

Pyatt also has made major contributions to several professional organizations, most notably SAA. Within SAA, Pyatt has chaired the College and University Archives Section, the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable, and the Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC). As the chair of the CEPC, Pyatt steered the committee through the challenging task of revising the SAA Code of Ethics. Pyatt was a skillful communicator throughout, taking the lead in soliciting feedback from SAA members and in distilling the essence of this feedback so that the committee could make effective use of it. The result was a successful approval of a newly revised code, with plans to have CEPC help create case studies to facilitate understanding and effective use of the code.

Pyatt is one of five new Fellows named in 2012. There are currently 178 Fellows of the Society of American Archivists. Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 6,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit www.archivists.org.

Last Updated August 16, 2012