David S. Ferriero was confirmed as the 10th Archivist of the United States on Nov. 6, 2009. Created in 1934, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is responsible for preserving and providing access to the records of the U.S. government. NARA has 47 facilities across the country, including 13 presidential libraries, containing approximately 12 billion pages of textual records, 42 million photographs, 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. Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.