Dr. Colleen Shogan Confirmed by U.S. Senate as 11th Archivist of the United States

In a press release, the National Archives announced on May 10, 2023, that the United States Senate voted to confirm Dr. Colleen Shogan as the 11th Archivist of the United States. Nominated by President Biden on August 3, 2022, Shogan will begin her tenure as the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) next week. She will be the first woman to hold the position permanently, succeeding David S. Ferriero, who retired in April 2022.

From the National Archives: Shogan most recently served as the Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for White House History and Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association. Previously, she worked for the Library of Congress, serving in senior roles as the Assistant Deputy Librarian for Collections and Services and the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. Shogan has also worked as a policy staff member in the U.S. Senate and taught at Georgetown University and George Mason University.

As Archivist of the United States, Shogan will oversee NARA, an “independent federal agency” that “serves American democracy” through “safeguarding and preserving the records of our government,” for people to “discover, use, and learn from” the “documentary heritage.” The National Archives ensures continued access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government.

For the full press release from the National Archives, click here.