The Collaborative Electronic Records Project

The Rockefeller Archive Center
The Rockefeller Archive Center

The Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Darwin Stapleton, Principal Investigator
Executive Director Emeritus - Rockefeller Archive Center

Darwin Stapleton provided leadership to the Rockefeller Archive Center for two decades. He worked closely with the many record depositors and scholars that make use of the Archive Center. Author and editor of numerous books and articles, his works include Accounts of European Science, Technology, & Medicine Written by American Travelers Abroad, 1735-1860, in the Collections of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1985), Dignity, Discovery and Destiny: The Life of Courtney C. Smith (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2004), and Establishing Foundation Archives (Washington, DC: Council on Foundations, 1991). His Ph.D. is from the University of Delaware.

Riccardo Ferrante , Principal Investigator
Information Technology Archivist / Electronic Records Program Director
- Smithsonian Institution Archives

Riccardo Ferrante has provided leadership for the Electronic Records Program of the Smithsonian Institution Archives since its inception in 2003. Since then he has grown a program that preserves and manages a wide range of digital records from document files and images to websites and blogs. Ferrante works closely with the Smithsonian's IT community, assisting in major IT initiatives and policy formulation, and with other Smithsonian archival and research units as they begin to address issues of large-scale digitization, archival storage, and management of digital archives.

Ferrante has worked in the software development industry for more than a decade leading development teams in the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Australia and nurturing key customer-vendor collaborations with the global leader in integrated library systems. His publications include Conservation of Digital Objects (AIC: June 2006) and Responsible Recordkeeping: Email Records (2005, 2007)

Nancy Adgent
Project Archivist - Rockefeller Archive Center

Nancy Adgent joined the Rockefeller Archive Center in August 2005. In her previous position as Technical Services Liaison at the Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, Nancy compiled Holding On to the Homestead: A Guide to Programs, Services, and Opportunities for Tennessee’s Farmers. Her work there also included research, writing, and editing for newsletters, tourism brochures, and exhibits as well as nominations to the National Register of Historic Places related to the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, African-American history, and the Century Farms initiative. She gained archival experience from the Gore Research Center, the Rutherford County Archives, and a private estate collection.

Adgent co-authored Middle Tennessee State University: A Pictorial History, and she has written book reviews and articles printed in various historical publications including The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture and ABC-CLIO's Women in the American Civil War.

Her Master’s in History/Public History and a Bachelor's degree are both from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her M.A. thesis topic was Fanny Battle, a female Civil War spy who became Tennessee’s pre-eminent Progressive Era social reformer.

Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig
Project Archivist - Smithsonian Institution Archives

Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig joined the Smithsonian Institution Archives in August 2005. She previously served as Editorial Library Director at the Army Times Publishing Co. in Springfield, Va., where she was responsible for electronically archiving nine print publications; managing the library's collection of microfilm, bound volumes, and books; and conducting research for staff. She also worked as a librarian, news editor, copy editor, page designer, and reporter at various news organizations in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Illinois.

She has a Master's degree in History from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Her master's thesis was on the Mexican population in the Chicago area during the Great Depression. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communications-Print from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Lynda also has worked on various historical projects, including obituary and slave birth databases, at the Alexandria (Va.) Local History/Special Collection Library.

Anne Van Camp
Director - Smithsonian Institution Archives
Highly regarded in the archival community, Anne Van Camp served most recently as director of member programs for the Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG.) Prior to her work at RLG, she was Director of Archives at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. Van Camp has also served on a number of advisory boards including the U.S. Department of State Historical Advisory Committee. In 1994, she was named a fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Van Camp earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Steve Burbeck
Information Technology Consultant
Steve Burbeck worked at IBM in research and software strategy, was vice president at Knowledge Systems (a company specializing in object-oriented design), and was marketing manager at Apple Computer. He has directed computing at the Pauling Institute. His Ph.D. is from the University of California, Irvine, in Mathematical Psychology.

Lawry Persaud
Technology Advisor
Persaud is a domain expert in enterprise IT architecture, IT governance, and business to technology realignment. He has more than 18 years of IT experience innovating, designing, and developing state-of-the-art technologies. He has a Bachelor's in electrical and computer engineering from The Polytechnic University, New York.