David Chapman to Retire as Director of Cushing Library and University Archivist

Marketing and Communications | October 22, 2010

Dr. David L. Chapman ‘67, director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, will retire effective January 30, 2011 after 39 years of service with the Texas A&M University Libraries. Chapman, who holds the Mavis P. and Mary W. Kelsey Professorship, has directed Cushing Library since 2008 during a period of spectacular growth in its rare and special collections. In 2009 the University Libraries added its 4 millionth volume, an extremely rare edition of Don Quixote de la Mancha , and gained notoriety as a key player in the rare books world. Chapman has served as University Archivist since 1994 and is a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists.

Dr. J. Lawrence (Larry) Mitchell will serve as interim director of the Cushing Library beginning February 1, 2011 until a permanent director is named. A seasoned administrator, accomplished scholar, and book collector, Mitchell brings his expertise on rare books and special collections to this new assignment. A full professor since 1989, he served for fourteen years as head of the English Department and recently completed a two-year term as interim head of Hispanic Studies. He is a past president of the Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library and has advised Cushing Library on the acquisition of many rare books and collections, notably the Lowman Printing Arts collection and the Dawson French collection.

“David Chapman’s contributions as archivist and as director of Cushing Library garnered tremendous interest and respect for our rare collections and archives from the Aggie community and the scholarly community nationwide. We welcome the leadership of Larry Mitchell, our partner in many Cushing projects, who possesses a wealth of knowledge about Cushing’s collections and management,” commented Colleen Cook, dean of the University Libraries.