Newsletter of
The Maryland State Archives
Vol. 16, No. 11
June 10, 2002

On July 1, Chris Allan will retire after 25 years of dedicated service to the Archives. His successor as Deputy State Archivist will be Tim Baker who will take up his duties on July 10. These staff changes were announced by State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse at a meeting of the Hall of Records Commission on June 4. At the meeting, Chris was presented by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. with a resolution of appreciation from the Senate. He also received a Governor's Proclamation and a Resolution from the House of Delegates. Dr. Papenfuse also introduced Tim Baker to the Commission.

Chris began his career as a college intern working for the St. Mary's City Commission, under the supervision of Dr. Lois Green Carr. In April 1977, he joined the staff of the Archives as an Archivist. In 1984 - 1985, he helped plan and supervise the construction of the new Hall of Records Building on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. He was also manager of the Maryland Newspaper Project which, through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, enabled the Archives to develop one of the best collections of Maryland newspapers available. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy State Archivist. In that position, Chris has managed the Archives' information technology initiatives which have been at the forefront of state government electronic data preservation and retrieval.

Tim Baker comes to the Archives from Enterprise Information Solutions, Inc. where he was Director of Business Development. From 1995 - 2001, he was employed by the Maryland Department of Planning

Chief Judge and Chair of the Hall of Records Commission Robert M. Bell reads Governor's Proclamation to Chris Allan and Ed Papenfuse
where he was Director of  Information Services for his last three years there. Before that, he worked for the Office of the Governor in a number of positions, including Director of the Office of Support Services.  He is Chair of the Maryland State Geographic Information Coordinating Committee and Associate Chair of the Maryland Technology Showcase. 

Dr. Papenfuse said: "Chris Allan has made an enormous contribution to the Archives in his 25 years here. The new Hall of Records building would not have become a reality without him, and his devotion to the preservation of Maryland's historical records will leave a lasting legacy for the state and its citizens. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him well as he moves on to the next stage of his life. At the same time, we welcome Tim Baker to the Archives' staff, and I am sure that his expertise in information technology and management within Maryland state government and the private sector will make him a valuable member of our team."

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On Thursday, June 6, the Archives' staff said farewell to Chris at a party in the Search Room. Dr. Papenfuse presented him with the drawing of the new Hall of Records Building that has hung outside of Chris's office since 1986. 

Ed Papenfuse presents Chris Allan with the 
drawing of the new Archives Building