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A New U.S. Archivist: David Ferriero

By Al Kamen
President Obama is said to have picked David S. Ferriero, now chief executive of the research libraries at The New York Public Library, to be the Archivist of the United States, a post that includes making sure that highly sensitive presidential papers and electronic records are saved and made available to the public. The selection, which had been rumored among historians, was reported earlier today by the National Coalition for History's newsletter. A spokesman for The New York Public Library declined to comment.

Before his New York job, Ferriero had been Duke University's librarian and had worked for 31 years before that in the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies libraries.

He succeeds Allen Weinstein, who resigned for health reasons in December.

The archivist job has become something of a lightning rod for controversy, particularly as various agencies and administrations press for keeping their records secret for decades despite strong pressures from historians and the public to declassify as much information as soon as possible.

The news comes two days before a scheduled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Archives and the lack of a permanent archivist. The panel intends to question acting Archive officials about the disappearance of computer disks with information from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers of several White House staffers and one of Al Gore's daughters.

Posted at 1:17 PM ET on Jul 28, 2009  | Category:  Cast of Characters
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WHAT A DELIGHTFUL and WELCOMED piece of news this is!!....this US NAVY combat veteran (Vietnam) is a lifelong reader, lover of books and brilliantly competent and able leader up to this task in a way far more suited to this National responsibility than the outgoing schlub ever could have been. Mr Ferriero, who attended not an Ivy League but a working adults Co-operative education program post Vietnam earning BA and MA in Literature whilst working at MIT Libraries where he stayed for more than 30 yrs~ he also graduated one of the more prestigious and respected Library Info Schools, SIMMONS COLLEGE also in Boston. Hip hip HOORAY! hopefully he will be able to track down what happened to the "missing" data stolen from the National Archives...(Allen W, plagiarist, liar and neocon..buh bye!!).

Posted by: madams12 | July 29, 2009 12:21 PM

"The panel intends to question acting Archive officials about the disappearance of computer disks with information from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers of several White House staffers and one of Al Gore's daughters."


Wait...the National Archives lost one of Al Gore's daughters!? Not Karenna!

Posted by: RJK9 | July 28, 2009 2:32 PM

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