Faculty & Staff

Darwin Stapleton, PhD

Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts Director of the History and Archives Track in the History Master's Program


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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Stapleton comes to UMass from twenty-two years as Executive Director of the Rockefeller Archive Center. Since 1971, he has published widely in the history of technology, science, medicine, public health, education, and archives. Professor Stapleton is directing the new Archives track in the master's degree program.


PhD (History) University of Delaware (1975)
MA (History) University of Delaware (1970)
BA (History) Swarthmore (1969)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Spring 2014 Office Hours: Th (1–4 p.m.) or by appointment

A native Pennsylvanian, Darwin Stapleton comes to UMass Boston with a strong background in archival administration and research. While doing his graduate work at University of Delaware, he was a fellow in the Hagley (Library and Museum) Program in Business, Economic, and Technological History, and he participated in that program’s training in historical agency administration. From 1974 to 1980 he was on the staff of The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe and edited several related volumes. In 1976 he went to Case Western Reserve University as a Mellon (teaching) Fellow in the Program for the History of Technology and Science and remained there until 1986. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in 1977 and received tenure and the rank of Associate Professor in 1983. He was the Acting Director of the Program in 1979 and became Director in 1981. In 1986 Dr. Stapleton was appointed Director of the Rockefeller Archive Center; his title was changed to Executive Director in 2001. He retired from that position in 2008.

Dr. Stapleton has served on advisory committees and boards of historical agencies and societies, was a Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library (Philadelphia) in 1983, has served as a consultant on archival matters for over a dozen organizations, and currently is Vice President of the Hermann Albrecht Library of Historical Architecture in Ohio.

Dr. Stapleton has authored, edited, or co-edited twelve volumes and over sixty scholarly articles. He has given over eighty professional presentations, including invited lectures in Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Courses Offered

Dr. Stapleton teaches courses in the Archives Track in the History M.A. program.

  • HIST 670: Transforming Archives in the Digital Age
  • HIST 676: Archival Administration & Introduction to Archives

Professor Stapleton's CV