A native Pennsylvanian, Darwin Stapleton has a strong background in archival
administration and research. While doing his graduate work at University of Delaware, he
was a fellow in the Hagley (Library and Museum) Program in Business, Economic, and
Technological History, and he participated in that program’s training in historical
agency administration. From 1974 to 1980 he was on the staff of The Papers of Benjamin
Henry Latrobe and edited several related volumes. In 1976 he went to Case Western Reserve
University as a Mellon (teaching) Fellow in the Program for the History of Technology and
Science and remained there until 1986. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in 1977
and received tenure and the rank of Associate Professor in 1983. He was the Acting
Director of the Program in 1979 and became Director in 1981. In 1986 Dr. Stapleton was
appointed Director of the Rockefeller Archive Center; his title was changed to Executive
Director in 2001. He retired from that position in 2008. 

Dr. Stapleton has served on advisory committees and boards of historical agencies and
societies, was a Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library
(Philadelphia) in 1983, has served as a consultant on archival matters for over a dozen
organizations, and currently is Vice President of the Hermann Albrecht Library of
Historical Architecture in Ohio. 

Dr. Stapleton has authored, edited, or co-edited twelve volumes and over sixty scholarly
articles. He has given over eighty professional presentations, including invited lectures
in Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. 

His Areas of Special Interest are Archival Studies, History of Technology, Science,
Medicine, Education, Philanthropy, and Public Health. 



Historical Perspectives on Malaria: the Rockefeller Antimalaria Strategy in the 20th Century, Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine (2009)

Malaria, a serious disease for all of human history, was not effectively handled until methods...



Tissue Culture and Tissue Culture Technologies at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research: Roots of Regenerative Medicine, 1910-1950, Medicine Studies: International Journal for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2009)

Invited article for the inaugural theme issue, “Regenerative Medicine,” of Medicine Studies: International Journal for...




Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Toward a New Political Culture in the Twenty-First Century (with Soma Hewa (editor)) (2005)

This volume examines complex and diverse links between philanthropy, civil society and globalization as a...



Dignity, Discourse and Destiny: the Life of Courtney C. Smith (with Donna Heckman Stapleton) (2004)

Biography of Courtney C. Smith (1916-1969), 9th president of Swarthmore College, 1953-1969.

The Engineering Drawings of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1980)

An illustrated introduction and source work of the documentary materials resulting from Benjamin Henry Latrobe's...


Contributions to Books

Trusteeship, International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (2010)