McCartney portrait

David F. McCartney, C.A.

University Archivist

The University of Iowa


Education and Experience | Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
Publications, Papers, and Sessions | Professional Activities
Service to the University | Consulting | Previous Experience

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
100 Main Library
The University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

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Professional Certification

Academy of Certified Archivists, 2000-present


Master of Arts (history), University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
Master of Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
Bachelor of Arts (journalism), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979

Professional Experience

University Archivist
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
January 2001-present

Adjunct Instructor, Museum Studies Certificate Program
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
May 2009-present

Faculty Affiliate, Department of History
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
May 2010-present

Adjunct Assistant Professor/Instructor, School of Library and Information Science
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
June 2002-September 2007

Archives Consultant
History Associates, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland
October 1999-November 2000

Archives Assistant, National Public Broadcasting Archives/Library of American Broadcasting (part-time position)
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
January 1995-August 1998; October 1999-November 2000

Records Officer (13-month contract position)
International Monetary Fund
Washington, D.C.
September 1998-October 1999

Archives Technician; Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch (part-time position)
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, Maryland
October 1994-May 1998

Processing archivist, music collection (volunteer)
Mt. Angel Abbey Library
Mt. Angel, Oregon
October 1993-March 1994


Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

Archives Leadership Institute participant, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, 2013

OutHistory Since Stonewall Community History National Competition, honorable mention (shared award), 2010

National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant, 2009
   Coordinated the CIC University Archivists Group’s participation in Michigan State University’s successful Collaborative Electronic Records Project proposal

National Film Preservation Foundation grants, 2002, 2003, 2005

Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA), The University of Iowa, co-recipient, 2005

National Television and Video Preservation Foundation grant, 2004

Frank G. Burke Fellowship in Archives Studies, 1998

Richard Eaton Foundation Fellowship, 1996-1998

H.W. Wilson Scholarship, 1996

Iowa Film Awards finalist, community development category, 1994

Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (Pacific Northwest Region):

Alaska Press Club:

Gay and Lesbian Press Association:

Harry Grant Scholarship, The Milwaukee Journal, 1977


Publications, Conference Papers, and Sessions

Session chair, “The More Things Change… Job Searching in a Networked World,” Midwest Archives Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana; April 2013

Workshop co-presenter, “Creating and Managing Digital Assets at Your Repository,” Iowa Museum Association, Iowa City, Iowa; October 2012

Workshop presenter, “Collection Processing Basics,” Consortium of Iowa Archivists, Clarinda, Iowa; June 2012

Session paper, “Web Site Preservation: Archival Principles and Strategies,” Midwest Archives Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan; April 2012

Reviewing co-editor, Academic Archives: Managing the Next Generation of College and University Archives. Purcell, Aaron. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2012

Article, “Documenting Disaster and its Aftermath [working title],” Society of American Archivists publication on disaster documentation and recovery; Roe, Kathleen D., ed. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2012 (expected release)

Session paper, “Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home: Creating a Place for Her Story,” Conference of Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest, Dubuque, Iowa; June 2010

Session paper, “Engaging Your Chief Information Officer in Records Retention and Access,” Society of American Archivists, Austin, Texas; August 2009

Panelist, “The Making of The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa,” Iowa City Book Festival, Iowa City, Iowa; July 2009

Workshop co-presenter, “Iowa Historical Resources for Research,” Iowa Studies Forum, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa; April 2009

Session co-presenter, “LGBT Historical Resources at the University of Iowa,” Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois; November 2008

Panelist, “Women’s Suffrage: Places with Stories to Tell,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota; June 2008 (presented on my behalf by Heather Koop, Minnesota Historical Society)

Contributor, The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa; Bergman, Marvin; Loren Horton, and David Hudson, ed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008

Session paper, “Preserving Web Sites at Academic Institutions,” Midwest Archives Conference, Columbus, Ohio; May 2007

Session paper, “Diverse Information, Discrete Access Point: Database Systems Multitask in the Archives,” Midwest Archives Conference, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois; May 2006

Workshop co-presenter, “Essentials: Preservation,” Midwest Archives Conference, Bloomington, Indiana; September 2005

Book review, "Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives," by David W. Carmichael. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004. In The Annals of Iowa. 63:4 (Fall 2004); 445-46

Session chair, "Out of the Closet and into the Archives: Midwest GLBT History," Midwest Archives Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; May 2004

Contributor, The Encyclopedia of Radio; Sterling, Christopher H., ed. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2004

Workshop presenter, "What Do I Do With All This Stuff: Managing Papers and Records in Your Collections," Iowa Museum Association state conference, Iowa City, Iowa; October 2003

Session chair, "Web Site Appraisal and Preservation," Midwest Archives Conference, Kansas City, Missouri; April 2003

Workshop presenter, "Introduction to Arrangement and Description of Collections," Midwest Archives Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota; October 2002

Session chair, "Trends in Archival Reference," Midwest Archives Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana; October 2001

Discussion leader, "Preserving Institutional Web Sites," Society of American Archivists, Washington, D.C.; August 2001

"The Battle for Channel 7: A Media Showdown in Waterloo." Co-author with Grant Price. The Annals of Iowa.59:3 (Summer 2000); 261-296

“FBI Kept a Close Eye on Chapman Catt.” Charles City [Iowa] Press. July 10, 1999: A1, A5

Session paper, "Managing the News: The Nixon Administration, the Press, and Foreign Policy." Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, College Park, Maryland; June 1998

"Richard M. Nixon, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Conflict: A Case History of Influence on a Component of the Public Sphere." Master's thesis. Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park; May 1998

Session paper, "Deductive Reasoning: The Curator, the Donor, and the I.R.S." Conference of the Society of American Archivists, San Diego, California; August 1996


Professional Activities and Memberships

Academy of Certified Archivists
   Member, 2000-present
   Contributing Web editor, 2009-2012

Archives of Iowa Broadcasting National Advisory Board
   Member, 2004-present
   Co-chair, 2011-present
   Chair, Acquisitions and Policies Subcommittee, 2004-present

Association of Moving Image Archivists
   Member, 1998-2001, 2004-2012

Beta Phi Mu, international library and information studies honor society
   Member, 1998-present

Committee on Institutional Cooperation: University Archivists Group
   Member, 2001-present
   Chair, 2008-2014

Consortium of Iowa Archivists
   Member, 2001-present

Floyd County Historical Society
   Web site manager, 1998-present

Historical Iowa Civil Rights Network
   Co-founding member, 2013-present

Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
   Member, 2001-present

Iowa Museum Association
   Local Host Committee, October 2003 conference

Johnson County Historical Society
   Collection Policy Advisory Committee, 2009-present

Midwest Archives Conference
   Member, 2001-present
   Vice President, 2014-2016
   Program Committee, Spring 2014 meeting
   Documentation Working Group, 2013-2014
   Chair, Membership Committee, 2009-2013
   Co-chair, Symposium Organizing Committee, Fall 2011 meeting
   Editor, People and Posts column, MAC Newsletter, 2009-2013
   Secretary, 2007-2009
   Membership Committee, Iowa representative, 2001-present
   Local Arrangements Committee, October 2004 conference

National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
   Board of Directors, 2004-2007
   Chair, Interpretation and Research Committee, 2004-2007

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
   Grant review panel, 2013

National 19th Amendment Society
   Advisory Board, 1992-present
   Web site manager, 1998-present
   Chair, Building Committee, 2007-2010

Society of American Archivists
   Member, 1995-present
   Peer review contributing editor, The American Archivist, 2013
   Steering Committee, College and University Archives Section, 2003-2007
   Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, 2005-2007


Service to the University

University of Iowa Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Staff and Faculty Association
   Executive board, 2008-present
   Co-chair, 2011-present

Iowa Project on Place Studies
   Steering committee, 2002-present

University of Iowa Collections Coalition
   Member, 2001-present

Ad hoc Committee on Art Building Mural Preservation, 2010-2011

Libraries Liaison to University of Iowa LGBT Resource Center, 2010-2012


Consulting Work

Technical Advisory Network (TAN), State Historical Society of Iowa, 2007-present

     My consultation aided those who have applied successfully for REAP/HRDP grants:

Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Wartburg College, 2005-present

Review panel, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Film Preservation Foundation joint film preservation guide project, 2003

African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, 2002

Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum, exhibit content review and collection processing, 2005, 2013-present

Cornell College, 2009

City Improvement Association of Charles City, collection processing, 2010-2012

Floyd County Court House Sign Restoration Committee, 2011-2012

First Congregational Church-UCC of Charles City, collection processing, 2012-2014


Previous Experience

Warehouse stock and order fulfillment
Hanna Andersson Company
Portland, Oregon
September 1992-March 1994

Order fulfillment and retail pricing verification
Made in Oregon Stores
Portland, Oregon
November 1991-September 1992

Co-owner and co-manager
Teddy Bear Express
Portland, Oregon
August 1987-March 1990

Acting news director and staff trainer (interim position)
Charles City, Iowa
June-August 1987

Producer and host, 'Tuesday Radiozine' (volunteer)
Portland, Oregon
August 1986-May 1987

Producer and host, 'Out in the North' (volunteer)
Anchorage, Alaska
June 1982-July 1986

Reporter and anchor
Anchorage, Alaska
November 1984-July 1986

Press secretary
Pegge Begich for U.S. Congress
Anchorage, Alaska
April-November 1984

Press secretary (volunteer)
John Havelock for U.S. Senate
Anchorage, Alaska
January-April 1984

Reporter and anchor
Alaska Radio Network and KTNX-AM
Anchorage, Alaska
June 1982-November 1983

Reporter and anchor
Janesville, Wisconsin
January 1981-May 1982

Intern, public information
Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, D.C.
June-December 1980

Participant, Summer Institute in Political Reporting
Columbia University
New York, New York
June-July 1980

News editor (part-time)
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHA-AM
Madison, Wisconsin
March 1977-January 1980

Intern, news department
Mason City, Iowa
June-August 1976

Announcer (part-time)
Ames, Iowa
October 1974-May 1975

Announcer and board operator (volunteer)
Ames, Iowa
September 1974-May 1975; September 1975-May 1976; September-December 1976

Announcer and board operator (part-time)
Charles City, Iowa
August 1972-August 1974; June-August 1975


Last updated: April 27, 2014