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A death

From: Walter Henry <consdist-request>
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The following obituary, by Kevin Morrow, is from Syracuse University
News, Aug 12, 2004
<URL:>. See also the
August 2004 portion of the Exlibris archives


Peter was an active participant in the DistList, and you can find
his postings at


You can also find one of his many thought-provoking papers,
"Intellectual Preservation: Electronic Preservation of the Third
Kind" at

    Peter S. Graham, University Librarian at Syracuse University,
    died Aug. 11 at his home in Syracuse after a long battle with
    lymphoma. He was 65.

    Graham had served as university librarian since Sept. 1, 1998.
    As head of the SU Library, he revitalized the staff structure by
    appointing nationally known leaders as heads of major library
    areas. He successfully called for increases in librarians'
    salaries and support staff's base wages, also obtaining a $1
    million base budget increase in the library's acquisitions
    budget. Graham's emphasis throughout his tenure was on
    supporting traditional scholarly materials, primarily print, as
    well as the new technologies of research distribution. He
    inaugurated the ongoing SU Seminar in the History of the Book
    and made library facilities home for many other campus-wide
    intellectual activities.

    Prior to coming to SU, Graham was associate university librarian
    for technical and networked information services at Rutgers, the
    State University of New Jersey, from 1987-98. He also served as
    associate vice president for information services at Rutgers,
    where he transformed the capabilities of administrative and
    academic computing and oversaw construction of a new library
    technical services building. He began his career in
    librarianship at the Research Libraries Group in its early days
    and has also been a librarian and manager at Columbia and
    Indiana universities. His earliest professional experience was
    with early IBM machines at the Association of American Medical

    In 1990, Graham founded the electronic bulletin board ExLibris,
    a forum for more than 1,600 rare book and special collections
    librarians; he was moderator until 1995. Graham was elected to
    the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1993
    and re-elected in 1997. He chaired the board of the Center for
    Electronic Texts in the Humanities at Rutgers and Princeton
    universities, was elected to the Council of the Bibliographical
    Society of America and served as a member of its Publication and
    Web Advisory committees. He was a member of the advisory board
    of the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia.

    He authored more than 30 scholarly pieces, including "New Roles
    for Special Collections on the Network" (College & Research
    Libraries, 1998) and "Requirements for the Digital Research
    Library" (College & Research Libraries, 1995), which received an
    ALA award as that journal's outstanding article of the year. He
    also wrote "Intellectual Preservation: Electronic Preservation
    of the Third Kind" for the Council on Preservation and Access
    and "Electronic Information and Research Library Technical
    Services" (College & Research Libraries, 1990).

    His writing and speaking in the 1990s primarily addressed the
    emerging issues of digital preservation. He emphasized an area
    that he called "intellectual preservation"-the assurance to a
    reader of an electronic document that it is in fact what it
    purports to be.

    His key professional recognitions included election to the board
    of the Research Libraries Group, from 1999-2003, and membership
    on the steering committee of the Coalition for Networked
    Information, from 2002-04.

    During the 1960s, Graham was an active member of the Young
    People's Socialist League in Chicago and New York City. In 1963,
    he worked as an assistant to Bayard Rustin, executive director
    of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, managing the
    national office in Harlem for four months. Graham continued to
    be active in social organizations; in 2002, he and his wife,
    Lewraine Graham, were awarded the NAACP President's Award for
    service to the Syracuse/Onondaga County branch.

    Graham studied English at Columbia University and earned
    graduate degrees in English Renaissance literature there and at
    Oxford University. He subsequently earned a graduate library
    degree at Indiana University.

    He is survived by his wife, the former Lewraine Buckingham of
    York, Pa., a professional artist; son Andrew Graham of Boston;
    and daughter Rae Buckley of Carrboro, N.C. He is also survived
    by his father, Harold N. Graham, and his father's wife, Alaine
    Krim, and by siblings Margaret Schultz, Vicki Graham, Emily
    Graham and Rocky Graham.

    Calling hours are Sunday, Aug. 15, 1 to 3 p.m., with the service
    to follow at 3 p.m., at Greenleaf Funeral Home, 503 W. Onondaga
    St., Syracuse. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
    the Syracuse University Library in memory of Peter Graham.

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