SAA Notes Passing of Mark A. Greene

An email message distributed yesterday announced to SAA members that Mark Greene, truly a giant in the archives profession, has died. Mark and colleague Dennis Meissner are the originators of MPLP – More Product, Less Process. Their initial article on the concept was published in American Archivist , vol 68 in 2005.

Mark was a champion of the under-represented in archives, arguing persuasively for the need for people of color and other minority group members to join the profession. He mentored and inspired many who remember him with affection and gratitude. Those of us who attended the annual members meeting at the Midwest Archives Conference gathering in Omaha last April had the opportunity to see Mark receive the well-deserved, long overdue Emeritus Award for distinguished service.

Mark’s influence is, and will continue to be, widely felt in the archives profession. Nowhere are his ideas – about appraisal, minimal processing and bringing forward hidden aspects of cultural history – more resonant than in religious archives.

The text of SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont’s announcement is below.

I am saddened to tell you that Mark A. Greene, former SAA President (2007-2008) and a Fellow of SAA, died Wednesday night, June 21, as the result of a car accident.

Best known for “More Product, Less Process,” which he co-authored with Dennis Meissner, Mark’s true passion was for what he considered the art of archival appraisal—the willingness to make the hard choices. His other passion was acting as a mentor for archivists entering the field and those navigating the minefields of administration.

He loved archival work. And dogs. And his friends. We will all miss him, but he left much behind for generations to chew over and digest.

We will be informing other groups throughout the day, and we invite those who would like to share their memories of Mark to do so via a tribute page on the SAA website. In addition, we will be working with his wife, Kathy Marquis, to plan an opportunity for friends and colleagues to come together in Portland to remember Mark.


Nancy P. Beaumont
Executive Director
Society of American Archivists

Submitted by Patricia Carroll, June 23, 2017