Nancy Lenoil

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Nancy Lenoil
Alma materWayne State University
EmployerCalifornia State Archives
TitleState Archivist of California

Nancy Zimmelman Lenoil is the State Archivist of California.


Lenoil earned a bachelor's degree in history from Oakland University and a master's degree in history, with graduate certificate in archival administration, from Wayne State University.[1]


Lenoil began her work at the California State Archives in 1987. From 1992-2007 she served as the Administrator of the Western Archives Institute, an intensive, two-week instructional program sponsored by the State Archives.[2][3][4] In 2006, she was appointed State Archivist and is the first woman to hold that position.[1]

In June 2016, the State Archives announced a partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. Three collections were made available online, which Lenoil said was one step in the process of making records more accessible to the public.[5]

Lenoil serves as an ex officio member of the Board of The California Museum.



  1. ^ a b "California Historical Records Advisory Board". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Home » Awards Competition » 2012 Fellows and Award Recipients » Fellows". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Nancy Lenoil". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 Western Archives Institute". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ Costello, Darcy (June 28, 2016). "State archives accessible online with new Google partnership". The Washington Times. Retrieved 9 August 2016.