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Karen A. Stuart, archivist

Karen A. Stuart, archivist

Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, where she was also associate editor of Maryland Historical Magazine, died of cancer Aug. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 59.

"As head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, Karen always took her job seriously, trying hard to help researchers who sometimes had fairly arcane questions," said Robert J. Brugger, an author and Maryland historian who is a senior editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press. "She had a welcoming smile and a sly sense of humor."

Mary K. Mannix, director of the Maryland Room for the Frederick County Public...