Meeting Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman changed the course of John Thomas Fawcett’s life. Mr. Fawcett was initially interested in pursuing a profession in the field of physics, but after his encounters with the 31st and 33rd presidents, respectively, he shifted his career focus to preserving great treasures of our nation’s history and began to work in presidential libraries. According to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the Office of Presidential Libraries manages a network of Presidential libraries which serve as repositories “for preserving and making accessible the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents.” They are important sources for historians and other researchers studying U.S. history.
Mr. Fawcett recently retired from John T. Fawcett and Associates, Inc. in Washington, D.C., where he served as president from 1995 to 2017. Early in his career, Mr. Fawcett worked as an archivist for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa. He then transitioned to Washington, D.C., where he worked briefly in the Office of Presidential Libraries. While living in Austin, Texas, Mr. Fawcett served as a military aide to the President of the United States and then as a supervisory archivist in the LBJ Presidential Library. In 1978, he returned to the nation’s capital to assume the positions of supervisory and acting director for the Office of Presidential Libraries. Since then, he has served as assistant acting director and executive director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. Before joining John T. Fawcett and Associates, Inc., Mr. Fawcett was an assistant archivist in the Office of Presidenti al Libraries from 1987 to 1995.
Mr. Fawcett earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1966 and a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. In addition to being a trustee of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and an associate trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Mr. Fawcett has offered his services as an archive consultant to Baylor University and the Mary Baker Eddy Library, where he was also a trustee from 2011 to 2016.
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