I've been immersed in the study of genealogy and family history for 20+ years.
Today, the following notice appeared on my Facebook wall from a noted author/blogger and genealogist:
New Archivist of the United States: David Ferriero
Today at 2:01pm
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.
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.
Another snippet from the 'Net:
WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate David S. Ferriero, the director of research libraries at the New York Public Library, to become the United States archivist Tuesday, according to a White House spokesman.
As the country’s top librarian, he would oversee the activities of the National Archives and Records Administration including the release of government documents, including presidential papers.
Former Clinton national security advisor, Sandy Berger entered NARA/The National Archives & Records Administration, several times, just leading up to the the national 9/11 investigation/hearings. He hid original documents and then took them home to destroy, giving little public explanation about what the papers contained. Berger's conviction was merely a financial wrist slap.
Years ago, I remember reading--during or just after the Reagan-Gorbachev summits, that Gorbechev had requested that his library be built at Stanford because he yearned to be close to what was described as one of the best collections of pre-Soviet Russian books, maps, manuscripts and journals housed at Stanford and held safe from Communist revisionist history. (I believe that the proposed Gorbachev Library at Stanford was vetoed by the Soviets and never moved forward.)
Since Northern CA was once a Russian colony, the books and documents had been protected from revision/destruction, all those years.
I know nothing about Ferriero. But with all the doc problems currently swarming around Obama, this announcement and the potential for mischief is concerning.