Michael J. Kurtz is the Assistant Archivist for Records Services (Washington, DC), with responsibility for all records management, archival, and public outreach program functions performed by NARA in the Washington, DC area. He joined NARA in 1974 and has worked in a variety of archival and management positions. Since 1990, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the UMD iSchool*, where he teaches a course on the management of cultural institutions. Dr. Kurtz received his B.A. degree (1972) in history from The Catholic University of America, and his M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1982) in modern European history from Georgetown University. He was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Phi Alpha Theta award for outstanding scholarship in history given by Catholic University in 1972.