For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 3, 2005


Black and white photo of Michael FoxThe Minnesota Historical Society has announced that Michael Fox has been named its deputy director. He joined the Society’s staff in 1987 and has served as director of its library and archives division since 2000. In his new role, Fox’s responsibility will extend to encompass the full range of the Society’s programs including the statewide network of historic sites, the History Center, Mill City Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society Press and the Society’s educational outreach, both to the state’s school children and to adults who participate in the Society’s activities. Fox approaches his new duties with enthusiasm. “With its statewide programs, the Society is a treasure for all the people of Minnesota. I am pleased at the opportunity to make a broader contribution to this important work,” says Fox.

Society director Nina Archabal describes Fox as, “both highly qualified and able to provide the kind of leadership the Society needs as it moves forward.” Fox is a nationally recognized leader in the field of library sciences and archival administration. Archabal notes that “his leadership has benefited the Society immensely but has also extended to other libraries and archives as well.” Fox has offered dozens of workshops to archives and libraries around the country and has served several foreign nations. Among the most notable of these contributions were his service to the Russian government, which sought his guidance in the revitalization of the national archives following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and his recent work with the German Federal Archives, where he advised on the international interchange of archival information and the creation of a web portal to German archives. He is also a major contributor to Encoded Archival Description, the international standard for the presentation of archival data on the web.

Fox has received numerous awards and honors in his field. He received Mellon Fellowships in 1995 and 1996, was named an Honorary Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 1997 and received the organization’s Coker Award in 1998. In 2004, the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies named Fox Alumnus of the Year. He holds a bachelors degree in history and a masters degree in library sciences from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a native of La Crosse, Wisc.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, extensive libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.