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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Robert Warner National Archives
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 14:00:24 -0500


Robert Warner: 1927 - 2007

Former chief of National Archives

The Washington Post

May 2, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Robert Warner, who led the National Archives to
independence even while dealing with Reagan-era budget cuts and
criticism over the release of Oval Office recordings, died of a heart
attack April 24 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 79.

When he was appointed archivist by President Jimmy Carter in 1980,
the agency labored under the oversight of the General Services
Administration, which regarded it as a warehouse and records repository.

Through a behind-the-scenes campaign waged through historical and
genealogical associations, Mr. Warner sprung the Archives free.
President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making it the National
Archives and Records Administration as it celebrated its 50th

In appreciation, the research center at the renovated Archives
building was named for Mr. Warner in 2005.

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