David S. Ferriero

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Mr. David S. Ferriero was sworn in as 10th Archivist of the United States on Nov. 13, 2009.

As the nation’s archivist, Ferriero heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which ensures ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of U.S. citizens, the actions of federal officials and the national experience. In Washington, D.C. alone, this evidence includes approximately 12 billion pieces of paper and 40 million still pictures and graphics; 300,000 reels of motion picture film and 400,000 sound and video recordings; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering plans; 24 million aerial photographs; and many terabytes of electronic records.

Original documents held and preserved by NARA include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

NARA also operates and maintains 13 presidential libraries, which preserve and make available to the public the papers and other historical materials of all presidents since 1925, and 22 regional records facilities which hold evidence describing the actions of the federal government – including items such as court records documenting farm foreclosures during the Depression.

To combat theft or mishandling of records, Ferriero instituted new security measures for NARA. In August 2012, NARA produced the Managing Government Records Directive to modernize and improve federal records management practices. In 2010, Ferriero committed NARA to the principles of open government – transparency, participation and collaboration. He also initiated an agency transformation shortly after taking the helm of the organization.

Previously, Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. In this position he was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users. He also headed collection strategy; conservation; digital experience and strategy; reference and research services; and education, programming and exhibitions.

Before joining the New York Public Libraries in 2004, Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.

Ferriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Ferriero will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.