MAC Presidents' Award


The MAC Presidents' Award was established in 1986 as a means for MAC to recognize significant contributions to the archival profession by individuals, institutions, and organizations not directly involved in archival work but knowledgeable about its purpose and value. Recipients are chosen by a committee comprising the three most recent past presidents of MAC and two at-large members. As many as three awards may be presented each year. Recipients are invited to attend the members' meeting held at MAC's annual meeting in the spring to receive their certificates.

Presidents' Award Guidelines

Download the nomination form to nominate an individual for the Presidents' Award and submit the completed form to Committee Chair, David McCartney, at [email protected].

The Presidents' Award committee is also responsible for collecting nominations and passing recommendations to Council for the MAC Distinguished Service Award, which is presented at the Awards Luncheon at the spring meeting.

Previous Winners of the MAC Presidents' Award


    No recipient


    Dr. Janice W. Fernheimer, Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Jewish Studies and Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky


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    The Chancellors of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Joseph Kueppers and Susan Mulheron
2016     Ability Center of Greater Toledo (Executive Director Tim Harrington and Special Projects Director Dan Wilkins)
      Phillip Obermiller, Michael Maloney and Thomas Wagner (founders of the Urban Appalachian Council)
2015     No recipient
2014     Jack Pitzer, National FFA Organization
      John M. Preis, YMCA Retirement Fund
2013     Landsat Science Team
Prairie Public Broadcasting, Radio Division
National History Day
2011     Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. of Minneapolis/St. Paul
2010     No recipient
2009     Nancy Kraft, University of Iowa Libraries
      Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
      Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning
      Wisconsin Small Jewish Communities History Project
2008     Ramona (Moni) Hourt, Maria Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
      Dr. James C. Klotter, State Historian, Commonwealth of Kentucky
      Grant Price, Archives of Iowa Broadcasting
2007     Ada Woodson Adams, President, Multicultural Genealogical Center
2006     Studs Terkel, Author and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Chicago Historical Society
      Fred DeLap, Edgar County (Illinois) Genealogical Society
2005     Ralph DuPae, Steamboat Photograph Collection, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Department of Special Collections
2004     No recipient
2003     National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee
2002     Prof. Clarke Chambers, Social Welfare History Archives
      Katherine Lederer, Ozarks African-American History Collection
2001     Rev. Lowell G. Almen, Evangelical Church of America
      Robert L. Payton, Philanthropic Studies Collection
2000     Prof. Emeritus John J. Baughman, Indiana
      Kermit B. Karns for his role in indexing N.D. Germans records
      Neal W. Moore, Ozarks Labor History Society
1999     U.S. Congressman Sidney Yates, Illinois
      Dr. Elton J. Bruins, Jt. Archives of Holland
1998     Sheldon F. Reese Foundation and Margaret Reese
      Friends of the Center Alliance Ltd. (FOCAL)
1997     3M Corporation
1996     Stewart S. Howe Foundation, Illinois
      Richard L. D. Morse, Consumer Movement Archives
1995     Abraham Lincoln Association
      Brooks McCormick, Chief CEO (retired), Navistar International Transportation Company
1994     Louise Noun and Mary Louise Smith, Iowa Women's Archives founders
1993     Gerry Ray, Helped establish the only Kansas county archives
1992     The United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Workers of America
      Minnesota State Senator Allan H. Spear and Representative Steve Trimble, Minnesota
      Adolf E. and Rebecca B. Schroeder
1991     Curt Teich Foundation
      Cleveland Foundation
1990     Shirley Herd and Virtea Downey, Indianapolis teachers
1989     Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago
      Minnesota Future Resources Commission
      Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Santa Fe Southern Pacific Foundation
1988     U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton, Missouri
      Iowa Federation of Labor