Tim Pyatt

Tim Pyatt
Dean of the Library

Prior to being appointed Dean, Tim was the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State. Tim was University Archivist (2002-2011), associate director of special collections (2006-2010), and coordinator of institutional repository services (2010-2011) at Duke University. He also has served as Director of the Southern Historical Collection and Curator of Manuscripts at UNC-CH. Tim taught archival administration at the UNC School of Information and Library Science from 1998 to 2007. From 2013-2015, Tim was a Leadership Fellow for the Association of Research Libraries and is also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists for outstanding contributions to the field.


  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2015). The Harding Affair Letters: How One Archivist Took Every Possible Measure To Ensure Their Preservation. Case Studies in Archival Ethics. Society of American Archivists. #
  • Pyatt, Timothy, & Goldman, Ben. (2014). Security Without Obscurity: Managing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in Born-Digital Archives. Library & Archival Secuirty, 26(1-2), pp.37-55. #
  • Pyatt, Timothy, Esposito, Jacqueline, Belden, Michelle, & Goldman, Ben. (2012). SPEC Kit 329: Managing Born-Digital Special Collections and Archival Materials. Association of Research Libraries, 202.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2011). Duke Illustrated: A Timeline of Duke University History, 1838-2011. Duke University Libraries: Durham, NC.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2011). Facebook Me, Then Follow Me on Twitter. Archival Outlook, (Nov/Dec 2011), 2. #


  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2013, June). Five Steps Towards a Successful Gifts-in-Kind Development Program. Past Forward! Meeting Stakeholder Needs in 21st Century Special Collections, New Haven, CT.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2012, October). Security through Obscurity no Longer: Protecting your Donor and your Institution While still Providing Access to Potentially Sensitive E-Records. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference fall meeting, Richmond, VA.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2012, August). Aligning Archives with the Institutional Mission. Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2012, June). Managing Electronic Records. Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections, University Park, PA.
  • Pyatt, Timothy. (2012, June). Aligning Special Collections with the Institutional Mission. Libraries Rebound: Embracing Mission, Maximizing Impact, Philadelphia, PA.

Note: Above is a selection of Tim’s professional activity.

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