The Next Archivist of the United States

EveryLibrary is proud to stand with COSA, the Council of State Archivists, in endorsing and supporting Dr. Cathleen Shogan's nomination to be the next Archivist of the United States. 


The National Archives records and helps us understand our growth and change as a country. The Archivist's central role is to manage and support access to US government public records across many disciplines and fields. As COSA has noted to the Biden Administration, the next Archivist should be provided the right resources—including funding for staff—to fulfill their responsibilities. Dr. Shogan's record of leadership and service in government, especially in research management, makes her well-positioned for this new role. It is important for the Senate to hear from constituents about the integrity of the nominee and the importance of the National Archives and Records Administration to our democracy and society.


Make your voice heard about this important nomination. Send an email to your Senators today.

As the White House noted in President Biden's nomination, Dr. Shogan's experience places her at the intersection of archives, libraries, and the study of American history. Before her current position as Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association, she served at the Library of Congress in senior roles as the Assistant Deputy Librarian for Collections and Services and the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. Dr. Shogan has taught a graduate course on politics and American history at Georgetown University as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Government Department. She moderates the Emerging Governance Leaders seminar at the Aspen Institute and has served as the Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. She is well qualified for the work. 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently held its hearing on her nomination. 

If you would like to see a qualified and engaged leader for the National Archives, please join us today and contact your Senators to confirm Dr. Shogan

Dr. Shogan has an outstanding record of leadership and service in government. She is well qualified to lead the National Archives and Records Administration and has an extensive record of research management.

We stand with numerous archives stakeholder organizations, especially the Council of State Archivists, in endorsing her speedy confirmation.