Robert M. Warner
|6th Archivist of the United States|
July 24, 1980 - April 15, 1985
|James E. O'Neill|
|Frank G. Burke|
|Born||June 28, 1927|
|Died||April 24, 2007 (aged 79)|
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
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. 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.