Celebrate American Archives Month by learning about the appointment of the First Archivist of the United States, R.D.W. Conner, on This Day in North Carolina History! Currently, The Archivist or AOTUS: Collector in Chief, as many call him, is David S. Ferriero. You can learn more about how he carries on the traditions of Conner as well as faces new challenges, such as speaking at Wikimania, on his blog: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/
You still have 21 more days to celebrate Archives Month. What will you do?!
On October 10, 1934, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed R. D. W. Connor as the first Archivist of the United States. Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, born in Wilson in 1878, was also the founding father of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. In 1903, Connor accepted an appointment to the newly formed North Carolina Historical Commission.
He worked for four years as the unpaid secretary of the commission while also working with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, promoting public education through speeches and articles. In 1906, R. D. W. Connor accepted a salaried position as Secretary of the N.C. Historical Commission. Connor’s stalwart leadership and his investigative mind guided the agency through its early years.
When Roosevelt appointed Connor to the national post, Connor found himself again having to build an archival program from the ground up. He successfully educated Washington bureaucrats as to…
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