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Naomi Nelson Appointed to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Press Release · Monday, October 6, 2014

Washington, DC

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Naomi L. Nelson to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The NHPRC carries out the grants program of the National Archives to increase public access to America's historical records.

Dr. Naomi L. Nelson is Associate University Librarian at Duke University, a position she has held since 2014. She has also been Director of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University since 2010. Previously, she was Interim Director for the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University from 2008 to 2010 and held a number of positions at Emory University after joining in 1991. Dr. Nelson is on the faculty of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Duke University Press. She has served on the Society of American Archivists' Committee on Education, the Research Libraries Group's Encoded Archival Description Advisory Group, and on the Digital Library Federation's Aquifer Initiative. She previously chaired the Society of American Archivists' Technology Best Practices Task Force. Dr. Nelson received an A.B. from Duke University, an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Library and Information Science, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Nelson serve on the Commission," said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. "She brings a wealth of experience as a librarian, an adviser with Duke University Press, and a valued member of the Society of American Archivists. She will add to the Commission's efforts to connect the American people to our rich archival collections and make us all better stewards of the American record in a digital age."

The NHPRC promotes the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. Since 1964, the NHPRC has awarded $215 million to 5,000 projects in all 50 states and special jurisdictions to preserve historical records, including electronic records, to assist archives through a network of state partners, and to enhance public access through publishing finding aids and collections of historical records in print and digital formats.

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