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Mark Wayne Sorensen

archivist , historical researcher

Mark Wayne Sorensen, American archivist, historical researcher. Recipient Distinguished Leadership award Decatur Leadership Institute, 1987, Outstanding Individual award Decatur Area Arts Council, 1989.


Sorensen, Mark Wayne was born on January 20, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Aener Victor and Elizabeth (Huska) Sorensen.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1969. Master of Arts in History, University Illinois, Springfield, 1978. Master of Arts in Library and Information Science, University Illinois, Urbana, 1998.


Teacher Decatur (Illinois) Public Schools and Richland Community College, 1969-1986. Supervisor records management Illinois State Archives, Springfield, 1982-1986, assistant director, since 1987. Board directors Illinois History Society.


  • Author: Illinois Local Records Management Handbook, 1984. Editor: Capitol Centennial Papers, 1989. Creator 5 exhibits Illinois History Topics, since 1986, Illinois History Resources Internet site, since 1995.

    Contributor articles to professional journals.


Trustee Decatur Library. Board, 1986-1993; member Decatur History and Architectural Sites Commission, since 1993. Board directors Decatur Fine Arts Film Series, 1983-1995, Central Illinois Humanities Council, since 1993.

Member Academy Certified Archivists (certified), Society of America Archivists, Illinois Humanities Council, Midwest Archives Conference, Phi Delta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Films, tennis.


Married Kathy Lee Owen, July 4, 1969. Children: Jennifer, Erika.