Trudy Huskamp Peterson

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Acting Archivist Trudy Peterson (on stage, third from left) presiding over dedication of NARA's building in College Park, Maryland on May 12, 1994.

Trudy Huskamp Peterson (born January 25, 1930) was the Acting Archivist of the United States from March 25, 1993 to May 29, 1995.[1]

She earned her B.S. in family enterprise from Iowa State University in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Canadian Studies from the University of Iowa in 1975 and gained certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists in 1989.

In 1967, Peterson joined the National Archives, becoming Assistant Archivist in 1987 and Acting Archivist in 1993. She has been a consulting archivist since 2002, most recently assisting in the digitization of more than 30,000 linear feet of records at the North American Veterinary Dental College.[2]

Actively involved in the many archival organizations, Peterson served a term as Society of American Archivists President, 1990–1991; on its Council, 1984–1987; and on the editorial board of The American Archivist, 1978–1981. She was also Vice-President of the International Council on Archives, 1993–1995, and Vice-Chair of its Commission on Program Support, 1996–2000.[2]


  • Peterson, Trudy Huskamp. Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • Peterson, Trudy Huskamp. Wild Heart, Brave Spirit: Zebulon McCrae's Thirty Year Struggle to Reform the Colorado Mining Commission . Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • Peterson, Trudy Huskamp, editor. Farmers, Bureaucrats, and Middlemen: Historical Perspectives on American Agriculture. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1980.
  • Peterson, Trudy Huskamp. "The Gift and the Deed," The American Archivist 42 (1979): 61-6.


  1. ^ Archivists of the United States, 1934–present
  2. ^ a b Trudy Peterson website
Government offices
Preceded by
Don W. Wilson
Archivist of the United States
Succeeded by
John W. Carlin