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Press Release
November 18, 2003


Archivist Appoints Howard Lowell as Director of Modern Records Program

College Park, MD. . . Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today the appointment of Howard Lowell as Director of the Modern Records Program effective immediately. He has been Acting Director of the program for the past 15 months. As Director, Mr. Lowell has primary responsibility for the Records Management Program nationwide. Under this newly integrated system which combines two formerly separate functions, he is responsible for:

  • Development of Government-wide regulations and guidance for Federal records management;
  • Partnerships with Federal agencies to resolve complex technically advanced records management issues;
  • Communication with National Archives customers in the Federal records management arena.

In making the announcement, Mr. Carlin said, "I am delighted that Mr. Lowell has agreed to take on this important role as Director of the Modern Records Program. In the world of archives, there are few challenges as great as that of managing records and I can think of no one more qualified than Mr. Lowell to take this on. I am confident that his leadership will help us achieve our strategic goals for the agency."

Howard Lowell served as Deputy Assistant Archivist for Records Services - Washington with broad day-to-day administrative responsibilities for Washington-area records operations of the National Archives for three years. He will continue to perform this role as well. Among his areas of administrative responsibilities as Deputy Assistant Archivist are: Museums Programs; the Center for Legislative Archives; Preservation Services for all of the National Archives facilities nationwide. Prior to joining the National Archives in October 2000, he served for more than a decade as Delaware State Archivist and Records Administrator and in the same capacity for the State of Oklahoma for eight years. He also has worked for a state library agency, directed a public library, and began his career with the Maine State Archives in 1968.

Mr. Lowell is a frequent seminar leader, and has lectured throughout the United States on records administration, strategic planning and records policy, and disaster preparedness. He holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of Maine where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1967. He also has a graduate degree in Library Science from Simmons College.

The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper. An independent executive agency, it safeguards records of all three branches of the Federal Government. Its mission is to ensure that Federal officials and the American public have ready access to essential evidence-records that document the rights of citizens, the actions of government officials and the national experience. The National Archives has 33 facilities nationwide, including regional archives and Presidential libraries; it published the Federal Register, administers the Information Security Oversight Office, and makes grants for historical documentation through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

For press information, contact the National Archives public affairs staff at 301-837-1700.

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