May 27, 2022

David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, Announces Retirement

UPDATE (3) Jan. 14, 2022; 4:25 PM A Message From David Ferriero on His Retirement (via AOTUS)


UPDATE (2) Jan. 14, 2022; 2:25 PM Statement: ARL Celebrates the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) on His Retirement


(UPDATE  (1) Jan. 13, 2022; 5 PM Complete News Release From NARA: Ferriero to Retire as Archivist of the United States


From The Washington Post:

David S. Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States (Image Source: NARA)

David S. Ferriero, who has been the archivist of the United States for more than a decade under three presidents, is planning to retire in April.

Ferriero, 76, has been head of the National Archives and Records Administration since he was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ferriero, wrote in a note to the staff on Wednesday. “My time here has been filled with opportunities, challenges, and awesome responsibilities … I am humbled and awestruck and so deeply grateful — grateful to all of you.”

Before coming to the agency, Ferriero was director of the New York Public Libraries, and served in top positions at the libraries of the Massachusetts Institution of Technology and Duke University. A native of Beverly, Mass., he served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.


Deputy Archivist Debra Steidel Wall will serve as Acting Archivist until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a successor.

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See Also: David Ferriero Bio (via NARA)

See Also AOTUS Blog (via NARA)

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