Bill LeFurgy is a professional historian who has studied the seamy underbelly of urban life, including drugs, crime, and prostitution, as well as more workaday matters such as streets, buildings, wires, and wharves. He has put his many years of experience into writing gritty historical fiction about Baltimore, his favorite city.
Bill has graduate degrees from the University of Maryland and has worked at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, and the Library of Congress.
He has learned much from his children and grandchildren, including grace, patience, emotional connection, and the need to welcome different perspectives from those on the autism spectrum or with other personality traits that are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or unexplained.
Bill has published many books and articles about U.S. history and history sources, including:
- Baltimore’s Wards. 1797-1978: A Guide, Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 75 Issue 2, 1980
- Governing Baltimore, A Guide to the Records of the Mayor and City Council, Baltimore City Records Management Office, 1981
- Prudent Laws and Wise Regulations: Three Early Baltimore Mayor’s Messages, Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 78 Issue 4, 1983
- The Records of a City: A Guide to the Baltimore City Archives, Baltimore City Records Management Office, 1984
- Human Radiation Experiments: Roadmap to the Story and Records, U.S. Department of Energy, 1995
- Building Preservation Partnerships: The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library Trends, 54, no. 1, 2005
- Preservation of State Government Digital Information: Issues and Opportunities, Library of Congress, 2005
- International Study on the Impact on Copyright Law on Digital Preservation, A joint report of The Library of Congress, The UK Joint Information Systems Committee, and the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project, and The SURFfoundation, 2008
- Dozens of posts for the Library of Congress Digital Preservation blog, The Signal, 2011-2014