Henry Knox, Annie Oakley, & Flying Saucers: Tales from The National Archives

The Strand Theatre
345 Main Street, Rockland, ME
Tobin Malone
Aug 08, 2013
5:30 PM
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

 Knox Museum will present the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, in a program entitled “Henry Knox, Annie Oakley, and Flying Saucers: Tales from The National Archives,” on Thursday, August 8, at 5:30 pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

            The Archivist of the United States, appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate, is the head of the National Archives and Records Administration, an agency of the Executive Branch of the Government. The agency is responsible for providing guidance to the White House and the Executive Branch agencies and departments on the creation and maintenance of their records. It oversees the transfer to the National Archives of the permanently valuable records of the federal government and makes them available for study.

These records include our Charters of Freedom -- the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775.  All together this collection of the National Archives nationwide translates into about 12 billion sheets of paper, 40 million photographs, miles and miles of video and film, and more than 5.3 billion electronic records.

The records are housed in facilities around the country, from Boston to Austin to southern California and Anchorage to Atlanta— including 2 Washington, DC, area buildings, 14 Regional Archives, 17 Federal Records Centers, and 13 Presidential Libraries – documenting the administrations of Herbert Hoover through the recently opened George W. Bush Library in Dallas -- and the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis that manages the records of millions of military veterans of the 20th century as well as former civilian Federal employees.

Additionally the Archivist is responsible for daily publication of the Federal Register,  the official record of Government proclamations, orders, and regulations, and Presidential and other public documents; a government-wide records management to identify records of permanent value, assure the timely disposal of temporary records, and provide agencies with guidance on managing their current records including those in electronic formats, guidance on records classification and declassification issues; and the grant program of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission that over the years had supported several important projects in Maine.

Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). In this position he was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the 4 research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users; and was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience and strategy; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.

Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. Mr. Ferriero earned bachelors 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 as a hospital corpsman in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

            Doors will open for Mr. Ferriero’s at 5 pm. Some seating will be reserved for Museum members in the front of the theatre. For more information call 354-8062 or e-mail info@knoxmuseum.org.