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Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has announced his retirement effective mid-April 2022.

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has announced his retirement effective mid-April 2022.

After 12 years as the 10th Archivist of the United States, I have decided to retire, effective mid-April 2022.

As I wrote to President Biden, it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve my country once more, this time to lead the Executive Branch agency charged with ensuring that the American people can hold their government accountable and learn from the past by accessing the records of our country. My time here has been filled with opportunities, challenges, and awesome responsibilities. Over the past several months, as I contemplated retirement and reflected on my time with you, I am humbled and awestruck and so deeply grateful—grateful to all of you.

I’m extraordinarily proud of what we have accomplished together during my tenure and hope that you too take pride in our efforts and results.

We have become a leader in the government’s transition to a digital future, electronic records management, and the principles of Open Government. We’ve served our customers in new and innovative ways, including increasing public access and engagement through the online catalog and social media; streamlining how we serve veterans; expanding access to museums, exhibits, and public programs in person and virtually; and establishing civic literacy initiatives. We’ve fostered strong relationships with partner organizations, and increased outreach to traditional and new stakeholders. Throughout, we’ve put the customer at the center of all that we do.

I’ve said many times that our employees are the real treasures of the National Archives.

I’ve tried to serve you well by fostering a collaborative approach to leadership and engaging you in sustained efforts to build a positive workplace culture that values creativity, civility, openness, diversity, and inclusion.

As Archivist, I’ve had the pleasure and honor to work with a team of highly talented and committed leaders at all levels of this agency in delivering transformational initiatives, improving our organizational effectiveness, and, most importantly, keeping you safe during this pandemic while still carrying out our responsibilities. I am confident that they will continue to work together and with the next Archivist to support you and the work of the agency.

It is not easy to leave you with our important work continuing, especially initiatives to foster equity and enhance the employee and customer experiences. However, our profession is one of stewardship, where despite our enduring responsibilities, we are here for what amounts to a brief period of time. We have come a long way since 1934, and we have made great strides in the last 12 years, but the need for thoughtful and deliberate progress and transformation remains. As the Archivist of the United States, I know that you will build on our work together in ways I cannot imagine. As a citizen and veteran, I am thankful that you will continue the noble work of the National Archives and Records Administration with skill, passion, and resiliency.

Deputy Archivist Debra Steidel Wall will serve as Acting Archivist until the President nominates and the Senate confirms my successor.















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January 2022 SHAFR Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes Announcements

On January 8, 2022, SHAFR announced a number of awards at its luncheon at the American Historical Association conference in New Orleans.  These awards recognize some of the best emerging scholars in our field.  We are now happy to share those announcements with the rest of our community.

The Graduate Student Grants & Fellowships Committee–Sam Lebovic (chair), Kate Burlingham, and Hiroshi Kitamura–made the following awards to more than a dozen graduate students:

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CFP- ASANOR Conference 2022

Appalling Ocean, Verdant Land: America and the Sea
ASANOR Conference 2022
American Studies Association of Norway
29 September – 1 October
Bodø, Norway

The 2022 ASANOR conference will be held at Nord University from September 29 to October 1 We welcome papers from a wide range of fields, including literature, history, political science, linguistics, and cultural studies, that explore the role of the sea in the American experience



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[CREW] NARA must take action to retrieve Peter Navarro’s White House records

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2021
CONTACT: Jenna Grande | [email protected]
 

NARA must take action to retrieve Peter Navarro’s White House records


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NARA update: enhancement to Federal Register notices of proposed records schedules

Everyone,

Those of you who monitor proposed records schedules in the Federal Register may be interested in a change NARA is piloting in response to a request from schedule commenters. We made this change in the hope of making it easier to see which schedules are included in a Federal Register notice.

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SHAFR Conference Coordinator search

CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 

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Conference and Call for papers: Making and Breaking Global Order in the Twentieth Century

Making and Breaking Global Order in the Twentieth Century (14 – 15 October 2022)

Across the twentieth century, ideas about the global order have sparked a furious debate amongst scholars seeking to understand its power dynamics, structures, institutions, organisation and systems. The majority of the discussion has been centred around the role of states as critical to shaping the workings of the system of international relations and the horizon of peace and security. There has however been an inherent tendency to uphold conventional turning points such as the two World Wars, the Cold War and the North-South divide. We aim to go beyond these traditional understandings and rather focus on the institutions, nations, and often forgotten actors who were full participants alongside Great Powers in shaping the norms, systems and practices that make up global order. At the centre of our enquiry are the role of traditionally disenfranchised or marginalised actors of the Global South, including states, nations, transnational groups, regional organisations, trade union representatives, transnational corporations, activists, agitators and a host of other non-state actors. We also seek to probe the ways in which the different levels of global order interacted in organisations, especially the League of Nations and the United Nations and their associated agencies and systems. There has been a surge of recent scholarship dealing with the legacies and functions of these institutions of international order, and we wish to expand the actors, events, and narratives that play featured roles in the history of 20th century international institutional and organisational transformation.

Virginia Tech- The Julian Chin Ph.D. Fellowship in Cybersecurity

The Julian Chin Ph.D. Fellowship in Cybersecurity will enable students to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Chin, renowned for solving the most challenging technical problems facing the national security community.  He was called upon over his career to unravel the most difficult problems and vexing issues for the intelligence community, technical collection systems developed and guided by his expertise and troubleshooting skills decades ago are still making a difference today for our nation.  Fellows earning this opportunity will be expected to exhibit traits that Mr. Chin embodied, which was high technical competence, motivation, efficiency, and thoroughness, and above all else strong collaboration and teambuilding skills.

 

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[WHS] Vladislav Zubok on Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Vladislav Zubok on Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union.

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[National Archives] More Department of State Records Now Available Online: Diplomatic Instructions, 1785-1906 & Consular Instructions, 1801-1834

More Department of State Records Now Available Online: Diplomatic Instructions, 1785-1906 & Consular Instructions, 1801-1834

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD.

The National Archives is pleased to announce that more records of the Department of State have been digitized and are now available online through the National Archives Catalog.  This is the fourth in a series of occasional posts.  It is the final post describing the records that constitute the “central files” of the Department for the period from 1789 to 1906.  The first post described the microfilm digitization project and the first foreign affairs records made available through it.

NARA Archivist Letter on Reopening

A Letter from the Archivist on reopening research rooms at the National Archives. 

Sbrega- "An Intellectual Dilemma and Tragedy"

John J. Sbrega, "An Intellectual Dilemma and Tragedy: Social Darwinism, Pragmatism, and the Industrialization of the American Dream During the Latter Half of the Nineteenth Century," The Journal of American Culture, Volume 44:2 (June 2021), 130-147.

 

[WHS] Mary E. Sarotte on Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Mary E. Sarotte on Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate.

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NARA Reentry and Post-Reentry Plan

The National Archives has announced its facility reopening plan:

NARA Reentry and Post-Reentry Plan [PDF]

[WHS] Benjamin Young on Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World.

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Benjamin Young on Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World.

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[WHS] Benjamin Young on Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Benjamin Young on Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World.

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[National Archives] Department of State Records Now Available Online: Despatches from Special Agents, Notes to Foreign Missions, and Notes from Foreign Consuls, 1789-1906

Department of State Records Now Available Online: Despatches from Special Agents, Notes to Foreign Missions, and Notes from Foreign Consuls, 1789-1906

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD.

The National Archives is pleased to announce that more records of the Department of State have been digitized and are now available online through the National Archives Catalog.  This is the third in a series of occasional posts.  The first post described the microfilm digitization project and the first foreign affairs records made available through it.  The second post is about consular despatches.

GloBio Event- Greg Tomlin, Murrow's Cold War

The Global Biography Working Group

PRESENTS

Greg Tomlin

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History On-Line Presents: Professor Mark Kramer

History On-Line Presents:

Professor Mark Kramer 

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Assistant Professor in United States History – Université de Montréal

The Department of History – Faculté des arts et des sciences de l’Université de Montréal is seeking to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in History of the United States.

English

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