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Remembering World War I (Spring 2017) - Archivist David S. Ferriero surveys the many ways the National Archives is commemorating the centennial of World War I.
America Enters the Great War (Spring 2017) - A look at the events that led Woodrow Wilson to ask Congress for a declaration of war, taking the nation into World War I.
12,000 Marks for Texas (Spring 2017) - After a devastating hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900, U.S. consuls in Germany raised funds for assistance.
JFK in Congress (Spring 2017) - In his years in the House and the Senate, John Kennedy developed expertise on key issues and prepared him for his 1960 presidential bid.
JFK 100: Milestones and Mementos (Spring 2017) - The Kennedy Library's centennial exhibit showcases artifacts from various periods of John F. Kennedy's life.
Genealogy Notes: Searching for Captain Blye: Exploring Maritime Records (Spring 2017) - Find out how to use maritime records in your genealogical research.
Historian’s Notebook: The National Archives’ Role in Amending the Constitution (Spring 2017) - The Archivist of the United States certifies amendments to the Constitution.
Pieces of History: A Gift for the President . . . Garden Gnomes (Spring 2017) - A German citizen gave President John F. Kennedy an unusual gift.
NARA's Role under the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act (Summer 2017) - Archivist David S. Ferriero reviews the historical background of these two laws.
Where Our WWII Leaders Spent WWI (Summer 2017) - America's top military leaders in World War II had smaller but, in some cases, similar roles to play in World War I.
Tracing an Atrocity: How an Obscure Affidavit in the National Archives Unraveled a Historical Mystery (Summer 2017) - Records uncovered in the National Archives finally documents an 1887 massacre in Louisiana.
Genealogy Notes: “General Condition: Fairly Good” (Summer 2017) - The records of tuberculosis patients at the hospital in Fort Bayard, Arizona, highlight an important era of Army medicine.
Historian’s Notebook: The First Records (Summer 2017) - What were the first records delivered to the National Archives Building in the 1930s?
Pieces of History: Food Will Win the War! (Summer 2017) - Colorful World War I posters exhorted Americans to support the war effort.
Reclaiming Stolen History (Fall 2017) - Archivist David S. Ferrriero reasserts the agency's intolerance for the theft of records.
Remembering Vietnam (Fall 2017) - A new exhibit at the National Archives seeks to help us understand the full impact of the war.
Tony’s Lab (Fall 2017) - A German American cultured bacteria for germ warfare used on horses in the U.S. during World War I.
The Cocoanut Grove Revisited (Fall 2017) - U.S. Navy records add to the story of the 1942 fire at a Boston nightclub that took 492 lives.
Documenting the Death of a President (Fall 2017) - A report on the final status of the records in National Archives holdings pertaining to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Abraham Lincoln and Herbert Hoover: The Bond of a Simple Engraving (Fall 2017) Herbert Hoover felt a particular connection with the 16th President.
Genealogy Notes: Homes on the Range (Fall 2017) - Bureau of Indian Affairs surveys give us a look at life on reservations.
Historian’s Notebook: Our First Preservation Program (Fall 2017) - The first preservation staff at the National Archives faced many challenges.
Authors on the Record: David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon (Fall 2017) - David Grann investigates a series of crimes against the Osage in the 1920s.
Pieces of History: The Color of Grazing (Fall 2017) - Rare colorized photographs of CCC activities are in the National Archives at Denver.
Looking Back—Looking Ahead: Prologue at a Half-Century (Winter 2017–18) - Archivist David S. Ferrriero reflects on Prologue's past and future.
Prologue’s Story—So Far (Winter 2017–18) - The magazine celebrates 49 years of discovering history as it comes to the end of print production.
Free Speech on Trial: Eugene V. Debs at Canton, Ohio (Winter 2017–18) - Just after U.S. entry into World War I, the nation's leading socialist tested the limits of free speech.
The Reel Story of the Great War (Winter 2017–18) - Take a look at the rich motion picture holdings in the National Archives.
Safe for Democracy: Black National Guard Soldiers in the Great War (Winter 2017–18) - The heroism of African American U.S. troops in World War I was not acknowledged by their government at the time.
The Revolutionary Summer of 1862 (Winter 2017–18) - During the summer of 1862, the U.S. Congress passed sweeping legislation affecting slavery, civil rights, and westward expansion.
Genealogy Notes: Ireland’s Famine Children “Born at Sea” (Winter 2017–18) - Learn about using online databases to discover those born aboard ships bringing Irish immigrants to America.
Historian’s Notebook: A Prologue to Prologue: Accessions, the First Journal of the National Archives (Winter 2017–18) - Before Prologue there was Accessions.
Authors on the Record: Ron Chernow on Grant (Winter 2017–18) - We interview Ron Chernow about his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
Pieces of History: A Green Light for Prologue (Winter 2017–18) - In December 1967, the National Archives got the go-ahead to start up a new journal, Prologue.
Launching the “History Hub” (Spring 2016) - Archivist David S. Ferriero introduces the “History Hub,” an online meeting place for researchers and archivists.
The Men—and the Women—Who Built the Washington Monument (Spring 2016) - Despite initial enthusiasm, fundraising for and building the Washington Monument took decades.
Murder! Orphans! Escape! (Spring 2016) - The story of five orphans and the attack on their missionary family in China in 1940 is told through records of the U.S. consulate.
Secret Weapons, Forgotten Sacrifices (Spring 2016) - Records of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in World War II document off-beat weapons research and the sacrifices of those who worked on them.
Broken Blossoms (Spring 2016) - The 1935 "Broken Blossoms" trial revealed how poor young Chinese women were lured to San Francisco with promises of marriage and jobs but instead were forced into prostitution.
The Historian's Notebook: The National Archives Goes Underground (Spring 2016) - Limestone caves in the Midwest store thousands of cubic feet of records.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Newspaper Clippings (Spring 2016) - Even in a digital age, newspaper clippings hold valued memories.
Faith on the Firing Line: Army Chaplains in the Civil War (Spring 2016) - Find out how to locate records of Civil War chaplains.
Pieces of History: An Artist in the Rockies (Spring 2016) - Among records of 19th-century U.S. surveys are beautiful sketches and watercolors.
Tracking Down Missing Records (Summer 2016) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the work of our Archival Recovery Program.
“These People Are Frightened to Death”: Congressional Investigations and the Lavender Scare (Summer 2016) - During the "Lavender Scare" of the 1950s, thousands of federal employees lost their jobs.
From Code-Making to Policy-Making: Four Decades in the Memorable Career of Russell Willson (Summer 2016) - Russell Willson won fame as a young Navy officer for inventing a secrety cryptographic device in World War I and became a chief policy adviser during World War II.
“Written by Walt Whitman, A Friend”: Three Letters from Soldiers (Summer 2016) - An ailing Civil War soldier's letter found in a pension file was actually penned by Walt Whitman.
Citizen Archivists Energize Civil War Digitization Project (Summer 2016) - A dedicated group of volunteers prepare Civil War pension files for digital imaging.
The CCC Indian Division (Summer 2016) - The CCC-ID employed thousands of Native Americans during the Great Depression.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Textiles (Summer 2016) - Clothing, needlework, flags, and other textiles need special attention to preserve them for future generations.
The Historian’s Notebook: Building on a Tradition of Oral History (Summer 2016) - The National Archives History Office is preserving our own history by capturing the memories of our staff.
Pieces of History: Royal Ordinances for the Danish American Islands (Summer 2016) - What's the oldest document in the National Archives? It depends.
Moving On: NARA’s Role in a Presidential Transition (Fall 2016) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the National Archives' important role in the transition of presidential administrations.
Centennial—The Park Service's Stewardship of Natural and Man-made Wonders (Fall 2016) - We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
A Gateway to the West (Fall 2016) - The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was decades in the making.
A Stalwart of Stalwarts: Garfield's Assassin Sees Deed as a Special Duty (Fall 2016) - Trace the evolution of Charles Guiteau, the Presidential assassin who killed James Garfield in 1881.
The Declaration of Independence and the Hand of Time (Fall 2016) - Although the Declaration is now closely protected in the National Archives, mysteries remain about its treatment for many of its 240 years.
The Historian’s Notebook: Elections and the Electoral College (Fall 2016) - Through the Federal Register, the National Archives has a role in the Electoral College.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Family Recipes (Fall 2016) - Preserve treasured family recipes to pass on to future generations.
Women Workers in Wartime (Fall 2016) - Explore the personnel records of women who worked for the federal government during both World War I and World War II.
Pieces of History: Taking a Stand for Voting Rights (Fall 2016) - When Susan B. Anthony was arrested for illegal voting, she was not alone. Fourteen other women were indicted with her.
Celebrating the Bill of Rights (Winter 2016) - Archivist David S. Ferriero outlines the ways we celebrated the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
Silently. Quickly. By Sea, in Darkness (Winter 2016) - In the first winter of the Korean War, a U.S. submarine carried commandos to disrupt North Korean supply lines.
The Zimmermann Telegram (Winter 2016) - Follow the chain of events leading up to U.S. participation in World War I.
The Day of Infamy (Winter 2016) - The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago thrust the United States into World War II.
Moving Out, Moving In (Winter 2016) - Learn about the important role the National Archives plays in the transition from one Presidency to the next.
Testing the 15th Amendment (Winter 2016) - After passage of the 15th Amendment, African Americans still faced obstacles to excercising their new right to vote.
The Historian’s Notebook: The Bill of Rights at 225 (Winter 2016) - The Bill of Rights had a long journey from its ratification in 1791 the National Archives today.
Pieces of History: Ratifying the Bill of Rights . . . in 1939 (Winter 2016) - Eleven states ratified the Bill of Rights in 1791 to make it law. Three other states caught up in 1939.
NARA's Future Lies With Its Staff (Spring 2015) - Archivist David S. Ferriero focuses on the agency's third strategic goal: our people.
Ending the Bloodshed: The Last Surrenders of the Civil War (Spring 2015) - Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox was the most significant surrender of the war, but it wasn't the official end of the Civil War.
“An Imposter If There Ever Was One”: The Trials of Charles De Arnaud (Spring 2015) - Charles De Arnaud was the most infamous government claimant of the Gilded Age.
Hitler's Final Words (Spring 2015) - During his last hours in his Berlin bunker, Hitler dictated his final political statement and personal will.
A Fortune in Gold (Dust): How a Seattle Assayer Skimmed a Klondike Fortune (Spring 2015) - George Adams stole a fortune of gold dust off Klondike miners' takings.
Caring for Veterans in the Nation's Capital (Spring 2015) - Explore the records of the U.S. Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C., 1851–1943.
Your Family Archives: Treating Memories as Documents (Spring 2015) - The chief of the National Archives Conservation Laboratory has practical advice for personal documents
Pieces of History: ER’s Wallet: A Treasure Trove (Spring 2015) - What did Eleanor Roosevelt keep in her wallet?
Managing Those Emails (Summer 2015) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the challenges of electronic recordkeeping.
“Hard, Bitter, Unpleasantly Necessary Duty” (Summer 2015) - As part of a Civil Affairs Unit, an American doctor brought medical care to the newly liberated Philippines at the end of World War II.
Tea and Equality (Summer 2015) - A 1929 congressional wives tea became the focus of an uproar because one of women was African American.
Defiant in the Defense of Art (Summer 2015) - Three women put their careers at risk to restore Nazi-seized art to their proper owners.
Using Revolutionary War Pension Files to Find Family Information (Summer 2015) - Find out how to use Revolutionary War pension files in your family history research.
The Historian’s Notebook: A Coast-to-Coast Archives (Summer 2015) - In the 1950s and 1960s the National Archives expanded to cities across the country.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Books (Summer 2015) - Find out some techniques to care for your treasured books.
Pieces of History: Mission Fulfilled (Summer 2015) - General Eisenhower's announcement that the war in Europe was over is short and to the point.
Creating the Obama Library (Fall 2015) - Archivist David S. Ferriero describes the process of starting up a new presidential library.
Ike at 125 (Fall 2015) - For the 125th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower's birth, we take a fresh look at his presidency.
Eisenhower, the Frontier, and the New Deal (Fall 2015) - Eisenhower's view of the passing of America's frontier influenced his view of the New Deal.
Eisenhower and McCarthy (Fall 2015) - President Eisenhower worked quietly behind the scenes to discredit Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Mr. President (Fall 2015) - Excerpts from a new book show how historians' views of Eisenhower as President have shifted over the years.
The Historian’s Notebook: The Presidential Libraries (Fall 2015) - The Historian's column looks at the development of our presidential libraries.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Family Photos (Fall 2015) - Find out how to best handle your family photographs.
Discovering Your Neighborhood (Fall 2015) - Records useful for genealogy research can be put to work to uncover the history of a neighborhood.
Pieces of History: Edgar A. Poe: "posessed of no Property" (Fall 2015) - Edgar Allen Poe's financial woes are reflected in his bankruptcy petition.
NARA Joins in Honoring Veterans (Winter 2015) - Archivist David S. Ferriero relates how Honor Flight visits for veterans started at the National Archives.
Murder in Manila (Winter 2015) - An Army officer posted to the Philippines in 1925 murdered the woman he loved.
Walking and Talking with Harry (Winter 2015) - A chance meeting led to regular >walks with Truman in the post-presidential years.
Bakuhatai: The Reconnaissance Mission of the USS Burrfish (Winter 2015) - Three frogmen from the submarine Burrfish disappeared on a mission in the South Pacific.
“Amending America,” (Winter 2015) - A new exhibit in Washington, DC, explores the how the U.S. Constitution can be changed.
The Historian’s Notebook: Records of Congress (Winter 2015) - The Historian's column looks at the history of records of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Your Family Archives: Preserving Scrapbooks (Winter 2015) - The chief of NARA's conservation lab talks about preserving scrapbooks.
Genealogy Notes: The Fate of Mali Kaltman (Winter 2015) - Investigating the records of the Boards of Special Inquiry can turn up new leads in your genealogy research.
Pieces of History: A Civil War Surgeon's Tools (Winter 2015) - Civil War amputation instruments turn up in the records of the American Red Cross.
“Stretch” Goals in Our New Strategic Plan (Spring 2014) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses some of the "stretch" goals in our new strategic plan.
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures (Spring 2014) - A new exhibit in Washington explores how signatures—famous and ordinary—set the course of the nation.
Kamikazes! (Spring 2014) - A Japanese kamikaze plane crashed into an American submarine in a unique attack toward the end of World War II.
The Scottsboro Boys (Spring 2014) - A group of African American youths were wrongly accused of assault in 1930s Alabama.
“OK, We'll Go” (Spring 2014) - Just what did Ike say to launch the D-day invasion in June 1944?
Depicting the Creation of a Nation (Spring 2014) - Find out the story behind the creation of the murals in the National Archives Rotunda.
Genealogy Notes: When Saying “I Do” Meant Giving Up Your U.S. Citizenship (Spring 2014) - In the early 20th century, women who lost their U.S. citizenship upon marriage applied for its restitution.
Scanning the Past to Make Access Happen (Summer 2014) - Archivist David S. Ferriero reinforces the National Archives' commitment to access to the records.
Being German, Being American (Summer 2014) - German Americans joined the U.S. armed forces in World War I despite often facing suspicion at home.
P.S.: You Had Better Remove the Records (Summer 2014) - As the British advanced on Washington in 1814, it was time to move the government's records to safety.
The President’s Archivist Goes to War (Summer 2014) - Fred Shipman was sent by President Roosevelt to Italy during World War II to survey and preserve archives.
Genealogy Notes: The Army in the Woods (Summer 2014) - Some World War I soldiers harvested spruce trees for airplane production.
Meeting Our Customers’ Needs (Fall 2014) - Archivist David S. Ferriero sees a stronger connection ahead between the National Archives and its customers.
Mission: Lifeguard (Fall 2014) - U.S. submarines acted as lifeguards for downed pilots during World War II.
Saving the Moving Images of World War I (Fall 2014) - The National Archives preservation staff is digitizing World War I motion pictures.
Wet, Cold, and Thoroughly Miserable (Fall 2014) - Life aboard U.S. Revenue Cutters in the 1800s was often "wet, cold, and thoroughly miserable."
Genealogy Notes: Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Using Bankruptcy Records for Genealogical Research (Fall 2014) - Don't be put off by the negative image—bankruptcy records can be a genealogy gold mine.
Maximizing Our Value to the Nation (Winter 2014) - Archivist David S. Ferriero explains the National Archives' strategic goal to ensure the enduring cultural and historical value of our records.
Henry Ford: Movie Mogul? (Winter 2014) - Explore the film collection of auto industry baron Henry Ford—a collection now part of the National Archives.
Spirited Republic (Winter 2014) - A new exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC, explores alcohol's role in American history.
“I Got To Do Something To Keep My Family Up” (Winter 2014) - The CCC Indian Division offers a New Deal for the Eastern Band of Cherokees.
The Bloodiest Battle (Winter 2014) - Photographs tell the story of the bloodiest battle of World War II—the "Battle of the Bulge" 70 years ago this winter.
Genealogy Notes: Where’d They Go? (Winter 2014) - Find out how to use migration records in family research.
NARA Opens a Presidential Library (Spring 2013) - Archivist David S. Ferriero welcomes a new Presidential Library.
Defending Norfolk in the War of 1812 (Spring 2013) - Stuart Butler describes the strategy used to protect the port of Norfolk from the British.
Brother vs. Brother, Friend against Friend (Spring 2013) - Jay Bellamy recalls the difficult choices young men made in the months and years before the Battle of Gettysburg.
Burnt in Memory (Spring 2013) - Looking back, looking forward—The 1973 fire in St. Louis and its aftermath.
Searching for the Seventies (Spring 2013) - A look at America in the 1970s as portrayed by DOCUMERICA photographers.
Young Bess in Hats (Spring 2013) - Before she became Mrs. Harry Truman, she was "Young Bess in Hats."
Genealogy Notes: The A-Files (Spring 2013) - Find your immigrant ancestors in this unparalleled 20th-century resource.
The Founding Fathers at a Website Near You (Summer 2013) - Archivist David S. Ferriero announces Founders Online, a searchable website that leads you to the papers of six of our Founding Fathers.
Monuments Men and Nazi Treasures (Summer 2013) - Art and museum specialists with the U.S. Army are called in to sort out treasures discovered in a mine.
The Mutiny at Pisgah Forest (Summer 2013) - During World War I, African American soldiers in South Carolina protested against poor conditions in camp.
Fads and Fashions: The Lighter Side of the Universal Newsreel Collection (Summer 2013) - Newsreels in the Archives document the the ordinary and the quirky sides of American life from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Genealogy Notes: “We’re still alive today” (Summer 2013) - A captured Japanese diary was left behind on Makin Atoll during World War II.
The Struggles for Rights (Fall-Winter 2013) - Archivist David S. Ferriero takes a closer look at the records in the new Rubenstein Gallery.
Records of Rights (Fall-Winter 2013) - A new exhibit at the David M. Rubenstein Gallery examines the "Records of Rights."
Preserving the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” (Fall-Winter 2013) - National Archives staff describe how they restored important documents and the exhibit that tells the story.
“The Following Program . . .” (Fall-Winter 2013) - How the FCC decided who got the nod to put color into our TV sets.
The Secret Treaties with California's Indians (Fall-Winter 2013) - Unratified treaties found new value for California Indians at the start of the 20th century.
The Ike and Harry Thaw (Fall-Winter 2013) -Samuel W. Rushay, Jr., recalls efforts to end the frosty relationship between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Harry S. Truman.
Tin Cans and Patents (Fall-Winter 2013) - The evolution of tin cans for storing food and the changing rules for patents and trademarks.
Genealogy Notes: Ancestors from the West Indies (Fall-Winter 2013) - An overview of Afro-Caribbean immigration from 1900 to 1930.
Working Smarter (Spring 2012) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the role of the NHPRC in helping archivists work smarter.
They Said It Couldn't Sink (Spring 2012) - National Archives documents detail the losses after the Titanic's sinking.
All for a Sword (Spring 2012) - Sarah Hutchins's quest for a gift for a Confederate cavalryman led to a treason conviction.
Fireworks, Hoopskirts—and Death (Spring 2012) - A deadly fire at a Union arsenal in Washington, DC, took 21 lives.
The Artist at War (Spring 2012) - Artists in camouflage units did their bit during World War I.
Genealogy Notes: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Spring 2012) - Questions on the 1940 census tell us about employment and income of the American work force.
To Choose a President (Summer 2012) - Archivist David S. Ferriero describes the Federal Register's role in the Electoral College.
Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates (Summer 2012) - An exhibit at the National Archives tells the stories of immigrants to the United States.
An Orphan of the Holocaust (Summer 2012) - Thirteen-year-old Michael Pupa came to America after fleeing the Nazis and spending years as a "displaced person" in Europe.
Finding the Stones (Summer 2012) - The National Archives discovers several engravings done by William Stone of the Declaration of Independence.
The War of 1812: Stoking the Fires (Summer 2012) - Impressement of seamen was one American grievance before the War of 1812, but the U.S. Navy seized British sailors on occasion.
Genealogy Notes: Question 22 (Summer 2012) - The 1940 census provides a glimpse of the demographics of the New Deal.
A Prime Location in New York City (Fall 2012) - Archivist David S. Ferriero describes the new downtown home of the National Archives at New York City.
One Step from Nuclear War (Fall 2012) - The 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis prompts a search for historical perspective.
“The President Is Very Acutely Ill” (Fall 2012) - When President Harry Truman fell ill in 1952, the full story of his illness was kept from the press.
An Ailing Ike (Fall 2012) - President Dwight Eisenhower's health in 1960 affected the politicals fortunes of his Vice President, Richard Nixon.
Choosing a President (Fall 2012) - How the nation really elects its President and Vice President—and how the National Archives plays a part in the Electoral College.
Errors in the Constitution (Fall 2012) - Over the course of two centuries, small errors have crept into the U.S. Constitution at the hands of scribes and printers.
Genealogy Notes: Family Experiences and the New Deal (Fall 2012) - The correspondences files of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration document personal experiences during the Great Depression.
Volunteers—and the Impact They’re Having (Winter 2012) - Archivist David S. Ferriero salutes our many volunteers across the nation.
Nixon on the Home Front (Winter 2012) - In President Nixon's centennial year, we look at his administration's domestic policies.
How the West Was Settled (Winter 2012) - Greg Bradsher describes how the Homestead Act lured settlers into the sparsely populated West in the 1800s.
A Heart of Purple (Winter 2012) - Fred Borch tells the story of America's earliest military decoration.
The Mystery of the Sinking of the Royal T. Frank (Winter 2012) - Looking for the facts behind the sinking of a transport ship off Hawaii in the early months of World War II.
Genealogy Notes: The 1940 Census Revisited (Winter 2012) - Another, more detailed, look at what you can find in the 1940 population census.
Increased Security for America's Records (Spring 2011) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the measures NARA is taking to protect our holdings.
John Brown: America’s First Terrorist? (Spring 2011) - Paul Finkelman takes a look at the man whose body "lies a-mouldering in the grave" and his role in history.
Two Americans and the Angry Russian Bear (Spring 2011) - Fred L. Borch recounts the court-martials of two American Army officers who angered our Russian allies during World War II.
Back to a Forgotten Street (Spring 2011) - Robert Fahs recalls how journalist Bernard B. Fall tried to warn U.S. officials about the perils of a war in Indochina.
Genealogy Notes: “I Am Still in the Land of the Living”—The Medical Case of Edson D. Bemis (Spring 2011) - One man's case file demonstrates how to research Civil War veterans' postwar medical histories.
Making Access Easier (Summer 2011) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses ways we're making the records available to more people in more ways.
What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? (Summer 2011) - A 2011 exhibit chronicles the federal government's effect on the American diet in war and peace.
Working Magic with Cornstalks and Beanpoles (Summer 2011) - National Archives records reveal how the U.S. Military Railroads kept the trains running for the Union during the Civil War.
Congressional Play-by-Play on Baseball (Summer 2011) - Records of congressional hearings contain unexpected treasures—including important threads in the history of baseball.
Jesse S. Haire: Unwilling Indian Fighter (Summer 2011) - Jesse Haire, a soldier in the U.S. Army cavalry, gives an eyewitness view of history in his journals.
Genealogy Notes: The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a “Free Colored” Revolutionary Widow (Summer 2011) - The rejection and appeals in a pension file shed light on African American participation in the Revolutionary War.
A Culture of Vigilance (Fall 2011) - Archivist David S. Ferriero reaffirms NARA's commitment to protecting the records in our custody.
1 Archives Drive (Fall 2011) - A new home for the National Personnel Records Center keeps the records of military and civilian personnel safe and accessible.
Federal Files on the Famous—and Infamous (Fall 2011) - Our St. Louis facility has files on anyone who got a paycheck from Uncle Sam.
Hit the Road, Jack! (Fall 2011) - Jack Kerouac, in his pre-Beat days, sought to join the U.S. Navy, but the Navy rejected him.
The 1961 Berlin Crisis: Some New Insights (Fall 2011) - Recently declassified documents shed new light on the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
Genealogy Notes: Leaving the Army during Mr. Madison's War (Fall 2011) - War of 1812 Army discharge certificates are an unexpected source of information about military service.
A Leading Role for Change (Winter 2011) - The President charges the National Archives and Records Administration with overseeing a major overhaul in the way agencies create and manage their records.
While Chicago Burned (Winter 2011) - Federal court records reveal the reactions of some Chicago residents when fire destroyed the heart of one of our largest cities in 1871.
Let the Records Bark! (Winter 2011) - M. C. Lang dives into the personnel records of "a few good dogs" in the Marine Corps during World War II.
“Whitman, Walt, Clerk” (Winter 2011) - Kenneth Price shares his discovery of thousands of documents in the Archives penned by Walt Whitman during his tenure as a government clerk.
Remembering Pearl Harbor (Winter 2011) - Deck logs of the ships hit at Pearl Harbor 70 years ago reveal in real time what went on during the attack.
In Search of a Better World (Winter 2011) - A new exhibit about Benjamin Franklin provides new insights into the life of one of America's Founding Fathers.
Genealogy Notes: Dangers in the CCC (Winter 2011) - Civilian Conservation Corps accident reports between 1933 and 1942 can be rich resources for family historians.
Taking the Leading Role on Declassification (Spring 2010) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses NARA's role in streamlining the records declassification process.
Out of War, a New Nation (Spring 2010) - Pulitzer–prize-winning historian James McPherson discusses the lasting impact of America's bloodiest war.
At the Edge of the Precipice (Spring 2010) - Robert V. Remini shares an excerpt from his book about Henry Clay's role in the Compromise of 1850.
Abraham Lincoln and the Guerrillas (Spring 2010) - Daniel E. Sutherland examines how Lincoln dealt with unconventional warfare waged by both Unionists and Confederates.
“A Reasonable Degree of Promptitude” (Spring 2010) - Claire Prechtel Kluskens reviews how pension office handled the unprecedented growth in its caseload during and after the Civil War.
Discovering the Civil War (Spring 2010) - Exhibit curator Bruce Bustard explains how the National Archives' latest exhibit makes the Civil War "strange again" for its viewers.
“I Have the Honor to Tender the Resignation . . .” (Spring 2010) - Trevor K. Plante presents a selection of letters from Southern officers resigning their commissions in the U.S. military as states seceded from the Union.
Genealogy Notes: Slavery and Emancipation in the Nation's Capital (Spring 2010) - Damani Davis shows how to use federal records to explore the lives of African American ancestors from Washington, DC.
Authors on the Record: The Civil War on the High Seas (Spring 2010) - An interview with Craig L. Symonds, author of Lincoln and his Admirals.
Pieces of History: A Seal of Guilt (Spring 2010) - The metal die for the seal of the Knights of the Golden Circle was confiscated when the Knights' founder was arrested in 1863.
Creating a More Open Government (Summer 2010) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses how NARA is meeting the President's Open Government Directive.
Magellans of the Sky (Summer 2010) - Robert Crotty recalls when flight was young and a race to circumnavigate the globe got worldwide attention.
Children as Topic No. 1 (Summer 2010) - Marilyn Irvin Holt documents the evolution of White House conferences on children in the 20th century.
No Pensions for Ex-Slaves (Summer 2010) - Miranda Booker Perry examines the federal government's active, and successful, role in suppressing a movement to gain federal pensions for ex-slaves in the 19th century.
Frame After Frame (Summer 2010) - Philip W. Stewart provides an overview of the motion picture holdings of the National Archives in College Park.
Women of the Polar Archives (Summer 2010) - Audrey Amidon puts the spotlight on two women who were drawn to the Arctic regions and whose exploits were captured on film.
Institutional Memory (Summer 2010) - Frances M. McMillen and James S. Kane relate the history of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Genealogy Notes: 68,937 and Counting (Summer 2010) - Tim Rives and Steve Spence investigate a little-used source for genealogical research: inmate case files from the U.S Penitentiary at Leavenworth.
Making Tough Choices on NARA’s Budget (Fall 2010) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses the budgetary challenges facing the National Archives.
Operation Blissful (Fall 2010) - A battalion of U.S. Marines lured Japanese troops away from a key U.S. target during World War II in the South Pacific—with a bit of help from Lt. John F. Kennedy.
In Freedom’s Shadow (Fall 2010) - Renty Greaves was a slave in South Carolina, but after the Civil War he rose to prominence as a lucrative business leader and elected official in the only state to have a black majority in the legislature during Reconstruction.
A Soldier of the Revolution (Fall 2010) - Who was the real Isaac Rice, a veteran and chronicler of the Revolutionary War?
DocsTeach.org (Fall 2010) - The National Archives' newest teaching tool puts primary source documents into the hands of students and teachers around the world through a rich, interactive online environment.
Genealogy Notes: U.S. Census Schedules for Americans Living Overseas (Fall 2010) - Where do you look for your ancestors if they were Americans living abroad?
Transforming the Archives (Winter 2010) - Archivist David S. Ferriero discusses changes to make the Archives a better place for staff and customers.
The Founding Fathers Online (Winter 2010) - Learn about an ambitious project to put online all the writings of six prominent Founding Fathers.
The Magna Carta Returns to the Archives (Winter 2010) - David M. Rubenstein went to an auction one night—and ended up buying the only copy of the Magna Carta in America to bring it back to display at the National Archives.
The Nuremberg Laws (Winter 2010) - The original documents used by Adolf Hitler's Third Reich to legalize the persecution of Jews came to the National Archives in 2010.
Genealogy Notes: New Questions in the 1940 Census (Winter 2010) - The 1940 census will be released in 2012. Learn what new information to expect that will reflect America in the Great Depression.
A Year of Celebration for Our 75th Anniversary (Spring 2009) - Acting Archivist Adrienne C. Thomas previews NARA activities coming up this year.
Truman at 125 (Spring 2009) - The man from Missouri shaped a postwar world with decisiveness, determination, and common sense.
Independence and the Opening of the West (Spring 2009) - Raymond H. Geselbracht chronicles the relationship between Truman and Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton over a famous mural.
Harry Truman’s History Lessons (Spring 2009) - Samuel W. Rushay, Jr., examines the way the 33rd President used history to make some of the important decision of the post-World War II era.
Adventures with Grandpa (Spring 2009) - Clifton Truman Daniel recalls memorable visits with his famous grandfather.
DOCUMERICA (Spring 2009) - A highlight of the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious project to capture environmental crises and cures in the 1970s.
NARA’s Up-to-Date in Kansas City (Spring 2009) - Kimberlee N. Ried previews the Central Plains regional archives' move to the cultural and historical heart of Kansas City.
Using the Congressional Serial Set for Genealogical Research (Spring 2009) - Jeffery Hartley introduces researchers to the genealogical potential of this multivolume collection of congressional reports and documents.
Becoming World Class (Summer 2009) - The Acting Archivist reflects on the Archives' growth into a world-class archives.
In the King’s Service (Summer 2009) - Hugh Finlay had some big shoes to fill after King George III fired the nation's first postmaster, Benjamin Franklin.
Our Story (Summer 2009) - On June 19, 1934, the National Archives was born. Seventy-five years later it has grown into the nation's record keeper. Learn about its colorful past here and in the timeline of NARA history.
When the “Enemy” Landed at Angel Island (Summer 2009) - The story of hostile aliens and deported resident radicals interred at San Francisco's Angel Island during World War I.
Sitting in Judgment (Summer 2009) - Judge Advocate General Myron C. Cramer not only prosecuted German saboteurs during World War II but also presided at the trials of Japanese war leaders.
The First Nixon Library (Summer 2009) - The first library named for Richard Nixon was in Hong Kong.
The NHPRC: Extending the Archives’ Reach (Summer 2009) - Kathleen Williams traces the 75-year history of the National Archives' grant-making arm.
Lead the Way (Summer 2009) - A guide to research on Indian Scouts during the opening of the American West.
Our Wonderful Volunteers (Fall 2009) - NARA's many volunteers are an important part of the National Archives family
Face to Face with History (Fall 2009) - A rare photograph of an African American Union surgeon is discovered among the pension records in the Natinal Archives.
“I Wish to Acknowledge” (Fall 2009) - Over the years many archivists have helped Pulitzer Prize–winning authors, and less prolific writers research their works. Learn the stories behind the books.
The Congressional Archives (Fall 2009) - The Center for Legislative Archives maintains the records of both houses Congress, and holds a few surprises as well.
Coastal Bastions and Frontier Forts (Fall 2009) - Explore what can be found within the records of U.S. military posts, 1821–1920.
An Amibitious Agenda (Winter 2009) - Archivist David S. Ferriero looks ahead with an ambitious agenda for the National Archives.
Cartography, Politics—and Mischief (Winter 2009) - An 1848 map of the United States contains some puzzles.
Shaping the National Archives (Winter 2009) - Greg Bradsher recounts how Wayne Grover, the third Archivist of the United States, placed the building blocks of the agency as it is known today.
The Alaskan Frontier in Panorama (Winter 2009) - Some of the first panoramic photos of the Alaskan wilderness are held in the National Archives. Richard E. Schneider tells the story of how these century-old photos were preserved.
A Place in the Archives (Winter 2009) - Love, dinosaur tracks, and your own letters are all part of the National Archives. Miriam Kleiman shows us the personal side of our nation's holdings.
A Tower in Nebraska (Winter 2009) - What do Maryland's National Naval Medical Center and Nebraska's state capitol building have in common? A lot more than you'd think. Raymond P. Schmidt recounts how Franklin Delano Roosvelt's design for the medical center was inspired by a stopover in middle America.
“How an eagle feels when his wings are clipped and caged” (Winter 2009) - Japanese internment camp newspapers provided a sense of community in World War II, and provide a unique insight for researchers today.
A Word about the Archives' Budget—and the Quality of Our Staff (Spring 2008) - The Archivist discusses the impact of NARA's appropriations for fiscal year 2008.
Jim Crow, Meet Lieutenant Robinson: A 1944 Court-Martial (Spring 2008) - A fight against bias in the Army presages a historic baseball career for Jackie Robinson.
“No Little Historic Value”: The Records of Department of State Posts in Revolutionary Russia (Spring 2008) - War, revolution, and natural disaster took their toll on U.S. embassy and consular records.
Ready Access: NARA's Federal Records Centers Offer Agencies Storage, Easy Use for 80 Billion Pages of Documents (Spring 2008) - The Federal Records Centers Program provides an essential service for U.S. Government agencies.
To Protect and to Serve: The Records of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 1861–1930 (Spring 2008) - Police records document the historical and social fabric of the nation's capital.
Finding Out Who You Are: First Stop, National Archives (Summer 2008) - The Archivist discusses the indispensable role of the National Archives in genealogical research.
Sage Prophet or Loose Cannon? (Summer 2008) - A sharp Navy intelligence officer predicted Japan's actions while earning the ire of the top brass.
Battlefilm: Motion Pictures of the Great War (Summer 2008) - A look at NARA's trove of images of World War I.
LBJ: Still Casting a Long Shadow (Summer 2008) - The legacies of the Great Society and the Vietnam War buildup that shape history's assessment of the nation's 36th President.
Attacking the Backlog (Summer 2008) - A major Archives project works to get a billion unprocessed records available to the public.
Exodus to Kansas (Summer 2008) - An 1880 congressional inquiry investigated the beginnings of the African American migration from the south.
The Constitution: A Treasure Worth the Wait in Line (Fall 2008) - The Archivist reflects on the U.S. Constitution.
A Victor in Defeat: Chief Gall's Life on the Standing Rock Reservation (Fall 2008) - Lakota Chief Gall, a leader at the Battle of Little Big Horn, had to adopt a new status as an agency Indian following his surrender to the U.S. Army in 1881.
Lynching: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and the Outrage over the Frazier Baker Murder (Fall 2008) - Ida B. Wells-Barnett joined her voice to others' in expressing national outrage over a murderous attack on an African American postmaster and his family.
The Ordeal of a Biographer (Fall 2008) - One former President, Herbert Hoover, writes about an earlier President, Woodrow Wilson.
The Electoral College: A Message from the “Dean” (Fall 2008) - The National Archives manages the Electoral College, which elects our President and Vice President every four years.
The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885 (Fall 2008) - An "extra" census helps researchers find information that may not be found anywhere else.
Challenges: Those We Met, Those We Face (Winter 2008) - The Archivist looks at the road ahead for the National Archives on the eve of its 75th anniversary.
FDR: The President and the High School (Winter 2008) - Franklin Roosevelt's interest in architecture led to close involvement in the planning and construction of a high school in Hyde Park.
BIG! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives (Winter 2008) - An insider's look at the Archive's newest exhibit by BIG!'s curator, Stacey Bredhoff.
Archival Vintages for The Grapes of Wrath (Winter 2008) - Who were the real people behind Tom Joad and all the others in the John Steinbeck's classic novel of the Great Depression?
Camp David (Winter 2008) - For 70 years, Presidents and their families have enjoyed this idyllic retreat in the Maryland mountains.
Escorting a Presidency into History (Winter 2008) - When a President leaves office, the National Archives is standing by to take custody of his records, which will help determine how history treats him.
Follow the Money (Winter 2008) - Learn how to track down pension payments made to Revolutionary War Army veterans and widows.
Author Interview: The First Time Around—Book Chronicles the British-American Coalition Force in World War I (Winter 2008) - Mitchell Yockelson, author of Borrowed Soldiers, tells the stories of the early American divisions in World War I.
Civic Education: Lighting the Path to the Future (Spring 2007) - Civic education is an essential element of NARA's overall mission.
A Discovery: 1798 Federal Direct Tax Records for Connecticut (Spring 2007) - Researchers can find a wealth of information in a rare collection of documents.
Diplomacy and Duels on the High Seas: Littleton Waller Tazewell and the Challenge of HMS Euryalus (Spring 2007) - Carefully laid plans for a dramatic confrontation between two ships are upset by the outbreak of peace in the War of 1812.
The 200th Anniversary of the Survey of the Coast (Spring 2007) - Many of federal scientific agencies can trace their roots to Thomas Jefferson's order for a charting of the young nation's ever-growing coastline.
School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents (Spring 2007) - A NARA exhibit gives us a peek at the report cards, homework, athletic prowess, and musical abilities of our modern Presidents when they were students.
Sharing the Excitement of History: NARA's New Boeing Learning Center Supports Education Programs Nationwide (Spring 2007) - This latest part of the National Archives Experience will serve as the focal point for NARA's civic education efforts throughout the nation.
A Final Appeal to Capitol Hill: The U.S. House's Accompanying Papers File, 1865–1903 (Spring 2007) - Citizens exercising their constitutional right to petition left future generations a weath of genealogical information.
Progress toward a Goal of Greater Access (Summer 2007) - Allen Weinstein discusses NARA's efforts to increase and make easier access to our holdings nationwide.
American Mysteries, Riddles, and Controversies!: New Exhibit at the Hoover Presidential Library Challenges Visitors to Ask Better Questions in the Search for Answers (Summer 2007) - When details are lacking, history sometimes leaves the door open to wild and imaginative speculation about what really happened.
“Tear Down This Wall”: How Top Advisers Opposed Reagan’s Challenge to Gorbachev—But Lost (Summer 2007) - One of Ronald Reagan's most famous speeches came close to losing its most memorable line—until the deciding vote was cast.
“Sweltering with Treason”: The Civil War Trials of William Matthew Merrick (Summer 2007) - Lincoln's administration finds a way to work around a federal judge with Confederate sympathies.
Rich, Famous, and Questionably Sane: When a Wealthy Heir's Family Sought Help from a Hospital for the Insane (Summer 2007) - Psychiatric records from a government hospital provide a peek into the private lives of wealthy and prominent families and their squabbles over sanity.
Chasing Technology: The Challenge of Preserving Audiovisual Records (Summer 2007) - Archivists face great challenges in preserving film, tape, and sound recordings.
“Their . . . Bedding is wet Their floors are damp”: “Pre-Bureau” Records and Civil War African American Genealogy (Summer 2007) - Discover what the records show about life for African American refugees before the Freedmen's Bureau.
Honoring a Sacred Obligation to History (Fall 2007) - The future role of NARA and the Nixon Library.
Herbert Hoover’s Boy Biographer (Fall 2007) - An 11-year-old boy writes a biography and gains a few moments of fame.
Wearing Lipstick to War: An American Woman in World War II England and France (Fall 2007) - Remembering Liz Richardson, one of the "Red Cross girls".
Nixon’s Library Now a Part of NARA: California Facility Will Hold All Documents and Tapes From a Half-Century Career in Politics (Fall 2007) - Tracing the Nixon documents from private library to federal repository.
Listening to Nixon: An Archivist's Reflections on His Work with the White House Tapes (Fall 2007) - The ongoing work of processing the Nixon tapes.
Preserving the Past, Keeping Pace with the Future (Fall 2007) - A look at preservation programs at the National Archives.
Looking for an Ancestor in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904–1914 (Fall 2007) - Exploring court records created during the building of the Atlantic-Pacific link.
The National Archives and the World (Winter 2007) - The Archivist discusses the National Archives' role on the international stage.
The First Proposal, or, What a Future President of the United States Did When He Was Rejected by the Woman He Loved (Winter 2007) - Young Harry Truman pursued Bess despite being spurned time after time.
Mission to Štĕchovice: How Americans Took Nazi Documents From Czechoslovakia—and Created a Diplomatic Crisis (Winter 2007) - In postwar Europe, an American unit clandestinely removed Nazi records from a booby-trapped cave.
Digging Deep at the National Archives: Film, Still Pictures Holdings Were Major Resource for Ken Burns's World War II Documentary (Winter 2007) - Filmmaker Burns mined the vast holdings of World War II records at the National Archives.
Opening the Files on War Crimes (Winter 2007) - A final report from the panel that made public documents on Nazi and Japanese actions during World War II.
Native Americans in the Antebellum U.S. Military (Winter 2007) - Learn how to find the hundreds of American Indians who served in the U.S. military between 1815 and 1858.
After a Disaster: The National Archives as “First Preservers” (Spring 2006) - NARA's post-hurricane records recovery efforts.
VIPs in Uniform: A Look at the Military Files of the Famous and Famous-To-Be (Spring 2006) - A look at the military files of some of the famous and famous-to-be, including Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, George S. Patton Jr., and Jack Keroauc.
Beyond the Box Score: Baseball Records in the National Archives (Spring 2006) - Explore a wealth of information about baseball and its illustrious past found in an unlikely place—the records of the National Archives.
When an American City Is Destroyed (Spring 2006) - How the U.S. military became the "first responders" and took charge
Hemingway on War and Its Aftermath (Spring 2006) - How his chronicles of World War I affected one of the 20th century's most influential writers and, in turn, the course of American literature.
A Founding Father in Dissent: Elbridge Gerry Helped Inspire Bill of Rights in His Opposition to the Constitution (Spring 2006) - Today Gerry might be all but forgotten, but his participation in the Constitutional Convention was key to shaping our government.
Lights! Camera! History! Ideas! (Spring 2006) - The William G. McGowan Theater Serves as a Venue for Documentary Film and Policy Forums
An Extraordinary President and His Remarkable Cabinet: Doris Kearns Goodwin Looks at Lincoln’s Team of Rivals (Spring 2006) - A noted author discusses her work on her latest book.
The World War II Army Enlistment Files and AAD (Spring 2006) - NARA's online Access to Archival Databases allows searches for World War II personnel.
Strictly Unclassified: Some Thoughts on Secrecy and Openness (Summer 2006) - The Archivist addresses concerns about access to records.
Ike's Interstates at 50 (Summer 2006) - Young Dwight Eisenhower's views on the importance of good roads later served as a catalyst in creating today's half-century-old interstate highway system.
Reclaiming Pieces of Camelot (Summer 2006) - A complicated legal trail led to the recovery of many long-missing papers and artifacts from John F. Kennedy's years in the White House and Congress.
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