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Edward C. Papenfuse Portrait

Edward C. Papenfuse Edward C. Papenfuse

Artist: Rob Munday (b.1958)
Title: Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse (b. 1943)
Date: 2014
Medium: Chromogenic 3D lenticular print on LED light panel
Dimensions: 48" x 36"
MSA SC 1545-3467

Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse served as the Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents from 1978 until 2013 with distinction and foresight. A nationally-recognized scholar, his seminal research on topics ranging from colonial commerce to contemporary law has resulted in numerous books. Papenfuse promoted Maryland history with special commemorative events, publications, speeches, and, more recently, a blog called Reflections by a Maryland Archivist. Dr. Papenfuse taught history at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland School of Law, and Johns Hopkins University.

This lenticular portrait is a tribute to Dr. Papenfuse’s vision in guiding the Archives into the digital age, positioning the Maryland State Archives as a leader in making state records accessible online. From June 2010 until October 2013, he also served as the acting city archivist for Baltimore City.

One of Dr. Papenfuse’s most significant achievements as state archivist was the purchase of George Washington’s personal copy of the speech he gave resigning his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783 in the Maryland State House. This historic document is now on permanent display in the State House rotunda.

In recognition of his accomplishments, the Hall of Records was named the Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building in 2005 in honor of his thirtieth anniversary as state archivist. He has also been honored with many awards from historical, archival, academic, and state service organizations. This portrait was originally unveiled at the Maryland Historical Society on June 5, 2014.

Rob Munday (b. 1958)
Rob Munday has been at the forefront of three-dimensional imaging and holography since 1981. Working from his studio in London, England, he exhibits his work in galleries throughout the world. As a technical innovator, he has pioneered the development of digital holography and its use for the production of commercial holograms worldwide, and as an entrepreneur he founded several 3D imaging businesses. Mr. Munday recorded the first holographic portrait of Her Majesty the Queen which is now on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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