David Ferriero Confirmed As Archivist of the United States

Good news on a Friday afternoon. David Ferriero was confirmed by the
Senate. Below is our press release on the subject which tells you
everything but when he will start. That is because we don’t know yet.
Stay tuned!
David McMillen
External Affairs Liaison
The National Archives

November 6, 2009

David Ferriero Confirmed by U.S. Senate as 10th Archivist of the United

Washington, DC. . . Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm
David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States. Mr. Ferriero
was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and
is a leader in the field of library science. Mr. Ferriero, who was
nominated by President Obama on July 28, 2009, will succeed Professor
Allen Weinstein who resigned as Archivist in December 2008 for health
reasons. Deputy Archivist Adrienne Thomas is serving as the Acting
Archivist until Mr. Ferriero assumes his duties.

As the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries
(NYPL), Mr. Ferriero was part of the leadership team responsible for
integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one
seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system
in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the
world. Mr. Ferriero was in charge of collection strategy; conservation;
digital experience; reference and research services; and education,
programming, and exhibitions.

Among his responsibilities at the NYPL was the development of the
library’s digital strategy, which currently encompasses partnerships
with Google and Microsoft, a web site that reaches more than 25 million
unique users annually, and a digital library of more than 750,000 images
that may be accessed free of charge by any user around the world.

Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at
two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham,
NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the
expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a
reengineering of printing and publications.

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English
literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree
from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in
Boston. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he started in
the humanities library at MIT, where he worked for 31 years, rising to
associate director for public services and acting co-director of

In 1996, Mr. Ferriero moved to Duke University, where he served as
University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs until 2004.
At Duke, he raised more than $50 million to expand and renovate the
university’s library and was responsible for instructional technology
initiatives, including overseeing Duke’s Center for Instructional

As Archivist of the United States, Mr. Ferriero will oversee the
National Archives and Records Administration, an independent Federal
agency created by statute in 1934. The National Archives safeguards and
preserves the records of the U.S. Government, ensuring that the people
can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The
National Archives ensures continuing access to records that document the
rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the
national experience.

Its 44 facilities include the National Archives Building in Washington,
DC, the National Archives at College Park, 13 Presidential libraries,
and 14 regional archives nationwide. The National Archives also
publishes the Federal Register, administers the Information Security
Oversight Office, the Office of Government Information Services, makes
grants of historical documentation through the National Historical
Publications and Records Commission.

Among the National Archives’ approximately 9 billion pages of materials
that are open to the public for research nationwide are millions of
photographs, maps, and documents, thousands of motion pictures and audio
recordings, and millions of electronic records. Every subject relating
to American history is covered in the records of the National Archives:
Revolutionary War pension files, landmark Supreme Court cases,
international treaties, legislative records, executive orders, public
laws, records relating to all U.S. Presidents and the papers of
Presidents Hoover through George W. Bush.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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