Join me, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, for a Tumblr #AnswerTime!
On Friday, July 1, at 11 am ET / 8 am PT, I’ll be answering your questions here on @aotus:
- What’s in the job description of the Archivist of the United States?
- Can you give an example of how access to historic records strengthened our democracy?
- What’s your favorite record in the Archives (besides the letters you sent Presidents in your youth)?
- What part of the Archives July 4th Celebration do you look forward to most?
- What’s the biggest challenge for archives in the 21st century?
David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States in November 2009. The National Archives and Records Administration is responsible for preserving and providing access to the records of the U.S. Government. NARA has 43 facilities across the country, including 13 Presidential Libraries, containing approximately 13 billion pages of textual records; 43 million photographs; miles and miles of film and video, and an ever increasing number of electronic records. Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and held top library positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University. And he loves to make pancakes for the Archives Sleepover.