Born in Iowa, United States of America, Trudy Huskamp Peterson is an archival consultant and certified archivist. She spent twenty-four years with the U.S. National Archives, including more than two years as Acting Archivist of the United States. After retiring from the U.S. government, she was the founding Executive Director of the Open Society Archives in Budapest, Hungary, and then the director of Archives and Records Management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is a past president of the International Conference of the Round Table on Archives (1993-1995) and the Society of American Archivists (1990-1991) and is currently the chair of the International Council on Archives’ Human Rights Working Group and the chair of the international working group on a standard for access to archives. She consulted with the truth commissions in South Africa and Honduras, the Special Court for Sierra Leone on its access and archives policies, and worked for over three years with the police archives in Guatemala, training the staff in archival processes. Her full C.V. and many of her publications, including Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions, a study of the records of twenty truth commissions, and Temporary Courts, Permanent Records, a study of the records of five temporary international criminal courts, are available at http://www.trudypeterson.com.