We are saddened to learn of the death of John A. Peters, former director of the Wisconsin Historical Society Government Documents Department. John passed away in his sleep on Saturday, August 23. John, aka Mr. Peters, worked at the Historical Society Library from 1965 until his retirement in the mid 1990’s and thereafter as a volunteer. He expertly and thoughtfully led the Government Documents Department during his tenure. John was instrumental in pioneering the concept of Regional Depository Libraries. John mentored countless library students in the intricacies of government information.
In 1997 John received the Bernardine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award from the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). You can read a brief tribute to him on the occasion of this award here.
There will be no memorial service, John will be cremated and buried in Seattle.
We extend our condolences to John’s family and friends and to his colleagues at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
Thanks to Nancy Mulhern and Margaret Booth for their assistance with this post.