Title: Archivist, Curator, Historian, Editor, Writer
Company: Records Center, National Archives
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Philip Coolidge Brooks, Jr., archivist, curator, historian, editor and writer for the Records Center at the National Archives, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history.
Mr. Brooks began his illustrious career at the Smithsonian Institute in 1967. He brought to this role a strong influence and interest in history and museum work as inspired by his father, who was the curator of the Truman Museum in Independence, MO. In short, he grew up loving history and museums and wanted to make a name for himself in the industry. Over the last 50 years, Mr. Brooks has done just that. Now retired, he held prominent roles throughout his career including development officer, senior archives specialist and director of the education division for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Within the organization, he also served as a curator of the archives room and learned the ropes in early roles as an assistant to the executive director and archivist in the early 1970s. Mr. Brooks emerged early on as a leader in his field. His integrity and professionalism led him in obtaining opportunities within his field to have a major influence on numerous projects and programs. Notably, he served as chairman of the Alexandria 250th Anniversary Committee, chairman of the Historic Alexandria Resources Committee, member of the advisory board for the Council of International Nontheatrical Events, vice chairman of the Lyceum Company, chairman of the Alexandria Museum Task Force and vice chairman of the Alexandria Association. In addition, Mr. Brooks has been tremendously involved with the Rolls-Royce Foundation, for which he has been a historian for the foundation since 2014. Previously, he served in roles including director, president, vice president, consulting editor and more.
Mr. Brooks prepared for his career by earning a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas. From there, he took postgraduate coursework at Stanford University Law School and the University of Reading in England, where he also completed a one-year exchange fellowship. In recognition of his impactful work in his career, Mr. Brooks has been the recipient of a Rolls-Royce Foundation Commendation, a Virginia Senate Joint Resolution of Commendation, an Archivist’s Achievement Award, an Appreciation Certificate from the City of Alexandria and a Commendable Service Award from the National Archives. A highlight for Mr. Brooks was his interviews with various people in the media. In his career, he interviewed with Bryant Gumbel, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather, and after he retired in 1997, he was asked to sit down for an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show. As he looks to the future, Mr. Brooks intends to work on personal passion projects as a historian while enjoying his well-deserved career.
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