The National Archives and Records Administration is a unique and important institution in America's government. It preserves and showcases our nation's most precious documents from the founding of the Republic through modern times. It is the keeper of our official records and is a steward of our civic memories. Most importantly, our National Archives are entrusted by law to keep and maintain open and equal access to government records by all citizens while safeguarding their integrity. Recently, President Biden nominated Dr. Colleen Shogan to be the next Archivist of the United States to lead and guide this vital institution into its next era.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently held a hearing on her nomination. The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and EveryLibrary are endorsing and supporting Dr. Shogan's nomination. Together, we need your help in reaching out to your Senators to encourage them to confirm Dr. Shogan as the next Archivist of the United States. Please send a message to your Senators to help speed this process along.
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As the White House noted in President Biden's nomination for the next Archivist of the United States, Dr. Shogan's experience places her at the intersection of archives, libraries, and the study of American history. The National Archives records - and helps us understand - our growth and transformation as a country. The Archivist's central role is to manage and support access to US government public records from all federal government agencies across many disciplines and fields.
As CoSA and other archives stakeholders have 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 like you about the integrity of the nominee and the importance of the National Archives and Records Administration to our democracy and society. Please contact your Senators today to confirm Dr. Shogan.