Adrienne Thomas

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Adrienne Thomas
Archivist of the United States
In office
December 19, 2008 – November 5, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Allen Weinstein
Succeeded by David Ferriero
Deputy Archivist of the United States
In office
December 31, 2007 – April 1, 2011
Preceded by Lewis Bellardo
Succeeded by Debra Steidel Wall
Personal details
Alma mater Iowa State University

Adrienne C. Thomas is the former acting Archivist of the United States.[1] She assumed the position of Acting Archivist when the ninth Archivist, Allen Weinstein, announced his resignation on December 7, 2008, effective December 19. Weinstein explained that he was resigning for health reasons.[2] She was succeeded by David Ferriero, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2009, as the tenth Archivist of the United States.[3] After 40 years with the National Archives, Ms. Thomas retired on April 1, 2011.[4]

Thomas is a graduate of Iowa State University with a master's degree in American history.[5]


  • 2007–2011 — Deputy Archivist of the United States.[5]
  • 2008-2009 — Acting Archivist of the United States.[5]
  • 1994-2007 — Assistant Archivist for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.[5]
  • 1984-1994 — Deputy to the Assistant Archivist for Administrative Services.[5]
  • 1974-1984 — Director of the Planning and Analysis Division in the Office of the Executive Director.[5]


  1. ^ Archivists of the United States, 1934–present
  2. ^ "National Archivist Allen Weinstein Resigns" (Press release). National Archives and Records Administration. 2008-12-09. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18. On December 7, historian Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, submitted his resignation to the President, effective December 19, 2008. Professor Weinstein, who has Parkinson's disease, cited health reasons for his decision. 
  3. ^ "David Ferriero Confirmed by U.S. Senate as 10th Archivist of the United States" (Press release). National Archives and Records Administration. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Deputy Archivist of the United States Adrienne Thomas Retires". March 24, 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): Adrienne Thomas, bio notes.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Allen Weinstein
Acting Archivist of the United States
Succeeded by
David Ferriero