NARA, Past to Present: Celebrating Anniversaries
"To bring together the records of the past and to house them in a building where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain judgment in creating their own future."
~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941
In 2009, We Celebrated Our 75th Anniversary
As part of our 75th anniversary celebration, we gathered National Archives stories from visitors about discovery, personal reward, and fun.
In 2005, We Celebrated Twenty Years of Independence (1985-2005)
On April 1, 1985, the effective date of the National Archives and Records Act of 1984, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) became an independent agency. In 2005, NARA observed its 20th anniversary of independence with programs on NARA’s past, present, and future.
- 20 years in pictures: 1985-2005
- Read a first-hand account of the campaign for independence in the 1980s;
- In 2005, NARA named its Washington, DC, Research Center for former Archivist of the United States Robert M. Warner.
- View the May 20, 2005 webcast of 20th anniversary panel discussion at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC:
Peruse the Panel Discussion — "NARA to the Future"
- David B. McMillen, Minority Staff Member, Committee in Government Reform and Oversight, U.S. House of Representatives
- Randall Jimerson, President, The Society of American Archivists
- Ian Wilson, National Archivist, Library and Archives of Canada
- Robert Horton, State Archivist, Minnesota Historical Society
- Richard Barry, Principal, Barry Associates