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Annapolis, MD, April 29, 2013 --- Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents since 1975 will retire from state service effective November 1. Dr. Papenfuse began his career at the Archives in 1973 and has been state archivist and commissioner of land patents since 1975.

During his time as state archivist, Dr. Papenfuse has taken the lead among state archives and other historical institutions in digitizing public records and making them available on-line. Dr. Papenfuse is also a noted historian who has spoken and published widely on Maryland history and politics.

In 1986, the State Archives moved into its new building on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis that was funded as part of Marylandís celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the colony. In 2005, the building was named the Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building in honor of the 30th anniversary of his tenure as state archivist.

"Dr. Papenfuse has long been an outstanding and essential partner in telling the story of our One Maryland," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We've been blessed to have someone of Ed's knowledge, passion and commitment as our State's archivist and commissioner of land patents for almost four decades. On behalf of the people of Maryland, we wish him well in his future endeavors and with his wisdom, we will always remember to tell our collective story - a story of resiliency, diversity, dignity and strength that is the blueprint for our great State."

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, who is also chair of the Hall of Records Commission that oversees the Archives said: "For almost four decades, Dr. Papenfuse has rendered extraordinary service as the keeper of the State's historical records. Through his efforts, our records, including court records, and our collective memory have been preserved, resulting in a legacy that truly touches the lives of all people, including those of generations yet to come. Moreover, he has championed and provided access to those records. As an archivist and curator, he has presided over one of the most successful archival programs of any state. Indeed, maintaining the public record, he believes, is critical to our democracy's health and ensures the public's faith in its government and the Rule of Law."

For further information, contact Tim Baker, deputy state archivist, Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401 or by email at


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