September 20, 2017

Archivist of the United States to speak in Hiler Theater

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The inaugural lecture in the Hiler Theater in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center will be led by the 10th archivist of the United States.

David S. Ferriero, who was confirmed as the 10th archivist of the U.S. in 2009, will speak on “Preserving the Past to Inform the Future: The View from the National Archives” at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Before his confirmation as the archivist, 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. 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. He also served as a Navy hospital corpsman in Vietnam.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserves, and provides access to, the records of the U.S. government and has 43 facilities across the country, including 14 presidential libraries, containing approximately 13 billion pages of textual records; 42 million photographs; miles and miles of film and video; and an ever-increasing number of electronic records. The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, D.C., displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

For more information, contact Teresa Koltzenburg, director of strategic communication for Purdue University Libraries, at 765-494-0069 or at

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325,

Source: Teresa Koltzenburg, 765-494-0069,

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