May 26, 2022

The Archivist of the United States Responds to Statements in Recent NY Times Op/Ed

From a Letter to the Editor/NY Times by David Ferierro, Archivist of the United States:

Closing the Court of History,” by Matthew Connelly (Op-Ed, Feb. 5), has a number of misleading statements about the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA.

In the 320 word letter to the editor, Ferriero discusses:

  • “The disposition schedule for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detainee records…”
  • “State Department permanent records identified by machine learning algorithms…”
  • “NARA will not stop accepting paper records because ‘it simply doesn’t have any more room for them.”
  • …it is incorrect to say that we do not “plan to maintain any more presidential libraries.”

Direct to Full Text, Letter to the Editor by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Direct to Full Text Op/Ed that Ferriero is Responding To: “Closing the Court of History,” by Matthew Connelly, Published on Feb. 5, 2020).

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