Profile profile for flecknerj

John A. Fleckner

Senior Archivist

Ph.D. Candidate, American History, University of Wisconsin, 1969 M.A., American History, University of Wisconsin, 1965 B.A., Colgate University, 1963

Research Specialties: 

Archival Studies


Current Projects:

  • "Introduction to Archival Practices," George Washington University, Museum Studies Department (adjunct faculty)
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Colgate University: Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in History, 1963
  • Society of American Archivists: President, 1990; Fellow, 1982
  • Waldo Gifford Leland Award (outstanding contribution to archival literature) for Native American Archives: An Introduction (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1984)
  • Academy of Certified Archivists: 1989, 2006, 2012 (by petition); 1996, 2001 (by examination)
Professional Affiliations: 
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Academy of Certified Archivists
  • Midwest Archives Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference
  • American Association of Museums
  • American Association for State and Local History


"The Archives Center at the National Museum of American History: Connecting Archival Materials and Artifacts," Collections, 3 (number 2, Spring, 2007)
"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Artifact," Museum Archives Section Newsletter, Summer, 2005 
"Summary Remarks." Choices and Challenges: Collecting by Museums and Archives. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, 2002.

Comments on eight papers that examine issues in the acquisition of artifacts and archival materials by museums and archives. Urges attention to the social and civic role of our institutions and their holdings.

"The Last Revolution and the Next," Journal of Archival Organization, 2 (number 1/2), 2004.

Information and communications technologies have transformed the archival enterprise, changing the way we work and our relationship with the wider society. Access to archives has increased immeasurably and spurred demand for use of archives. At the same time, in a painful irony, public support for archival work is under attack. Archivists must continue to assert the case for archives in our larger civic life.

"Reaching the Mass Audience: Business History as Popular History," in James O'Toole, ed., The Records of American Business (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1997)

Discusses the role of archival records, especially audio-visual materials, in such popular business history forms as exhibitions, licensed product reproductions, and print publications.

"Greeting Cards and American Consumer Culture," in The Gift as Material Culture (Yale-Smithsonian Reports on Material Culture, No. 4, 1995)

Greeting cards are associated with gift exchange and sentimentality while simultaneously belonging to a vast consumer industry.