Oregon State Archives News
Mary Beth Herkert Named New Oregon State Archivist
Mary Beth Herkert
Secretary of State Bill Bradbury today announced the appointment of Mary Beth Herkert as the new State Archivist, effective immediately.
"Mary Beth has worked at every level of our organization, she knows Archives inside and out, and she will make an excellent State Archivist," said Bradbury.
Mary Beth was chosen after an extensive national search to replace Roy Turnbaugh, who retired in September 2005 after 20 years as State Archivist. During Turnbaugh's tenure, Mary Beth worked her way up through every level of the Archives, from processing archivist to manager of the records management unit. Mary Beth holds a Masters degree in history from the State University of New York, Albany. She is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and has been active in numerous professional organizations. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Government Records Administrators (NAGARA).
The Secretary of State's Archives Division provides public access to the permanently valuable records of Oregon government. Archives houses many of the state's oldest documents, publishes the biennial Blue Book, and provides comprehensive online historical research guides and learning exhibits.