Elena S. Danielson worked for 27 years in the Hoover Archives at Stanford University, serving as head of the archives for the last ten of those years until she retired in 2005. She began writing about the ethical dilemmas of archival practice in 1985. In 2005 she won the Posner prize for an article in the American Archivist about access to Stasi records, the East German political police files. Her book The Ethical Archivist (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2010) analyzes topics such as equitable access, privacy, restitution, and authenticity. College and Research Libraries called her book a “masterpiece” (May 2011). In 2011 she published “Secret Sharers,” an article about Wikileaks in The American Scholar. In 2015 and 2017 she taught the ethics and law section at the Western Archives Institute. In 2012 she was an instructor for Stanford Continuing Studies. Her article "Looking for Mr. Gustave" appeared in the spring 2015 issue of The American Scholar. She spoke at the Stanford Historical Society February 7, 2017 on Herbert Hoover and Stanford University, and at the Berkeley-Stanford annual Slavic conference March 3, 2017 on Russian art in the archives. Her book Hoover Tower at Stanford University was published in August 2018. She holds a masters in Library Science from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford.