Bruce Bruemmer

Bruce Bruemmer is director of Corporate Archives at Cargill, a global agribusiness and risk management corporation. His work over the past 15 years at the company has involved digital asset management systems, involvement in the third volume of a company history, revamping the intellectual controls over the collection, managing the corporate art collection, and supporting the 150th anniversary of the company (2015).

Bruemmer began his career in 1980, processing records for a regional archival collection and then for the Minnesota Historical Society. In 1984, he became the archivist of the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI), a new program at the University of Minnesota to document the history of the computer. At CBI, he was involved in the acquisition of a number of business collections, including the Control Data Corporation and Burroughs Corporation. He co-authored an appraisal guide, The High-Technology Company: A Historical Research and Archival Records Guide (1989), and contributed a chapter on appraisal in The Records of American Business (SAA). In 1998, he became coordinator for the University’s Digital Library, and in 2000, he joined the private sector at Cargill, headquartered outside Minneapolis. In 2011 he authored a chapter about corporate archives and the profession in Terry Cook’s Controlling the Past: Documenting Society and Institutions.

Bruemmer holds a BA in American Studies from Carleton College and an MA in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taken an active role in the leadership of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), North America's largest and oldest national archival professional association, including serving as a member of council and the American Archivist Editorial Board. He is the former chair of the SAA Business Archives Section. In 1999, Bruemmer was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.