Director and Commissioner of Land Patents
Maryland State Archives
Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse is an administrative law judge who oversees the responsibilities detailed in Real Property Article Title 13 relating to Land Patents, the source of original title to land in Maryland. Dr. Papenfuse has held the positions of Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents since 1975. As director of the extensive activities of the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Dr. Papenfuse is responsible for the Archives' vast collection of government and private materials.
He played a major role in the design of the present Archives building which was completed in 1986, initiated the creation of the award winning Maryland State Archives web site, and teaches courses at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Law School, and the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including In Pursuit of Profit: The Annapolis Merchants in the Era of the American Revolution (1975), with Joseph M. Coale, The Hammond-Harwood House Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland, 1608-1908 (1982) and The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland 1608-1908 (2003). He has also developed an approach to providing reference services and teaching courses on the World Wide Web of the Internet (see http://www.teachers.md and http://www.archivesofmaryland.net).
Dr. Papenfuse received his undergraduate degree from the American University, an M.A. from the University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University.