Cushing Memorial Library
David Chapman, university archivist at the Texas A&M University Libraries, has been appointed director of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. Colleen Cook, dean of the University Libraries, announced the appointment effective for the 2008 fall semester.
“As university archivist, David Chapman has long been identified with Texas A&M history and lore. It seems only natural that he should lead the Cushing Library, which is the repository for the University Archives,” Cook commented in making the appointment. As university archivist and associate director of Cushing, he oversaw 20,000 linear feet (over 30 million documents) of records, more than 400,000 photographs and storage and access management for all of Cushing’s manuscripts and rare book collections.
Chapman, who holds a faculty position, received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Librarianship in 1993. A frequent speaker on campus history, he writes a regular column in The Texas Aggie drawing on sources from the archives to highlight events and places from Texas A&M’s past.
A former student who also received his master’s and PhD from Texas A&M, Chapman holds the Mavis P. and Mary W. Kelsey Professorship. He belongs to the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Society of American Archivists and is a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists.
He replaces Steven E. Smith who was promoted to Associate Dean for Collections and Services.