Frederick L. Honhart received his PhD in American History from Case-Western Reserve University, USA, in 1972. After two years at the Ohio Historical Society, he came to Michigan State University in 1974, where he served as Assistant and then Director of the University Archives and Historical Collections until his retirement in 2009. He is a winner of the Society of American Archivists C. F. W. Coker Prize for Archival Description, and a Fellow of the same society. He developed the first micro-computer system to use the USMARC descriptive format for archival and manuscript records. In addition to archival publications, he has written on historical subjects and the history of unlimited hydroplane racing. He was a member and President (2004-2006) of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives.