David Wallace

3438 North Quad
Clinical Associate Professor of Information, School of Information


I am a Clinical Associate Professor and have been a full-time graduate archival educator since 1997. For over two decades I have published and presented in a wide range of professional forums, examining: recordkeeping and accountability; archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; social justice impact of archives; freedom of information; government secrecy; Wikileaks; professional ethics; electronic records management; and graduate archival education. I am also: editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction”; co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002), and served as the series technical editor for twelve volumes of the National Security Archive's The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). I have consulted widely, including substantial associations with the South African History Archive’s Freedom of Information Programme, The Kresge Foundation, and Stories For Hope, an intergenerational storytelling NGO in Rwanda. I am currently responsible faculty for UMSI's Global Information Engagement Program and am collaborating with colleagues in Canada and the United Kingdom on a research project on the “Social Justice Impact of Archives.” 

Areas of interest

- The politics of recordmaking & recordkeeping and how they help shape and mis-shape the construction of the past and the present.

- The archival component of an inter-generational dialogue project between youth and elders in Rwanda.

- Social justice and archives

- Online music archives


B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton. Awarded Honors in Anthropology and Outstanding Academic Performance
M.L.S., School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New York at Albany.
Ph.D. in Library Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Research Projects