Donald Force

Associate Professor


PhD, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, 2013, University of British Columbia
MLS (Archives Concentration), 2007, Indiana University
MIS, 2007, Indiana University
MA, History, 2004, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BA, English, 2000, Millersville University


Donald Force is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS), where he teaches courses in the archival studies program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. His areas of research involve archival science pedagogy, the history of recordkeeping practices, and legal issues associated with records management practices in North America.

Courses Taught

501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
650 Introduction to Modern Archives Administration
655 Introduction to Records Management
750 Arrangement & Description in Archives
752 Archival Outreach: Programs and Services
753 Preserving Information Media
855 Advanced Appraisal

Sample Publications

Force, Donald C. “A Profession in Peril: The Future of RIM in North America. Information Management Journal 51, no. 1 (2017): 21-27.

Force, Donald C. “Building a Trustworthy System: Assigning Retention and Disposal Data.” In Trustworthy Systems for Digital Objects: Theory and Practice, ed. Philip Bantin, 199-202. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Force, Donald C. and Jane Zhang. “Discovery from Within: An Examination of Records Management and Electronic Records Management Syllabi.” Records Management Journal 26, no. 3 (2016): 259-278.

Force, Donald C. “The Admissibility of Business Records as Legal Evidence: A Review of the Business Records Exception to the Hearsay Rule in Canada.” Archivaria 78 (Fall 2014): 25-51.

Hooper, Lisa and Donald C. Force. Keeping Time: An Introduction to Archival Best Practices for Music Librarians. Madison, WI: A-R Editions, Inc., 2014.

Force, Donald C. “From Peruvian Guano to Electronic Records: Canadian E-Discovery and its Relationship to Records Professionals.” Archivaria 69 (2010): 49-75.