AB, Washburn University, Topeka, 1964. Master of Arts, University Cincinnati, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, University Cincinnati, 1972.
Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Cincinnati, 1988.
Archivist, Kansas State History Society, Topeka, 1967-1969; instructor history, Washburn U., 1967-1969; historian, department director, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas, 1969-1978; associate director, State History Society Wisconsin, Madison, 1978-1981; director, Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981-1987; lecturer history, University of Michigan, 1982-1987; Archivist of the United States, Washington, 1987-1993; research professor, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, since 1993; executive director George Bush library foundation, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, since 1993.
Member Abilene Library Board, 1973-1976. Member Abilene City Commission, 1976-1978. President Dickinson County History Society, Abilene, 1976-1977.
Member American History Association (member Beveridge Book Prize committee 1979-1982), American Association State and Local History, Kansas History Society (board directors since 1987), American Antiquarian Society.
Married Patricia Ann Sherrod, July 9, 1983. Children– Todd, Jeffrey, Michael, Denise.