About the author

I am a historian who worked for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as an archivist from 1976 to 1990 (left photo).  I now help staff its museum and archives programs as a Volunteer with its Education and Public Programs Division (right photo) and through the National Archives Foundation.

Shortly after I received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1973, I worked during the summer as a Capitol Hill office staff volunteer for Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R – TN). I wrote and sent responses to topical mail received by Senator Baker.  After I returned to grad school to continue my history studies, I took a job with the National Archives in 1976.  I worked with presidential and federal records on records life cycle assignments ranging from appraisal, assisting with records retention scheduling, arrangement, description, disclosure review and assistance to researchers.

In 1990, I transferred from the archivist into the Federal historian job series, working with some archival and records duties. I worked on short and long term internal and external research projects and wrote a Federal history book published in January 2018.  In the fall of 2011, I joined the National Archives Foundation.  This enables me to support the National Archives’ public outreach efforts.  As a Federal retiree, I now provide volunteer staff support to the National Archives on various museum and archives activities.

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Dara Baker, Rodney Ross, Maarja Krusten, David S. Ferriero, National Archives, 2012 (photo by Bruce Guthrie)

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