Robert M. Warner

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Robert M. Warner
Robert M. Warner, Sixth Archivist of the United States
Born (1927-06-28)June 28, 1927
Montrose, Colorado
Died April 24, 2007(2007-04-24) (aged 79)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Archivist of the United States

Robert M. Warner (June 28, 1927 – April 24, 2007) was an American historian who served as the Sixth Archivist of the United States at the National Archives, from 1980 to 1985.[1]

Born in Montrose, Colorado, he graduated from South High School in Denver, Colorado in 1945. He then earned a bachelor's degree at Muskingum College in 1949 and a Ph.D. in American history in 1958 from the University of Michigan. He was third director of the Michigan Historical Collections before taking the federal job.

The National Archives, founded in 1934, had been part of the General Services Administration since 1949 and was controlled by political appointees. During his term, he was elected president of the Society of American Archivists, and served in that position from 1976-1977.[2] As Archivist, Warner pushed for institutional independence for the archives. Charles McC. Mathias and Thomas F. Eagleton introduced legislation that turned the Archives into the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 1985.

That year, Warner returned to the University of Michigan, eventually becoming Dean of the School of Information and Library Science. The NARA Robert M. Warner Research Center is named in his honor.[3]

He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan of a heart attack after battling cancer for a year.[4]


  1. ^ Press release (April 27, 2007). Robert M. Warner, Sixth Archivist of the United States Died April 24, 2007. via National Archives
  2. ^ "SAA Presidents". Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Press release ( May 20, 2005). National Archives Names New Research Center For Former Archivist of the United States Robert M. Warner. via National Archives
  4. ^ Abruzzese, Sarah (May 3, 2007). Robert M. Warner, 79, the National Archivist, Dies. New York Times

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Preceded by
James E. O'Neill
Archivist of the United States
Succeeded by
Frank G. Burke