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Press Release
December 8, 2009

BIG! Exhibition Receives Top Award from U.S. Archivist David Ferriero

Washington, DC…At the National Archives annual State of the Archives Address and Awards Ceremony December 3, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero recognized 12 Archives staffers for outstanding achievement in creating the exhibition “BIG! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives.”

Brian Barth, Terry Boone, Stacey Bredhoff, Karen Hibbitt, Jennifer Johnson, Maureen MacDonald, Darlene McClurkin, Susan Page, Jeffrey Reed, Ray Ruskin, Christina Rudy Smith, and Jim Zeender were honored “for creating a “BIG” exhibit that lived up to its name in every possible way.”

Archivist Ferriero praised the team for creating an exhibit that “garnered tremendous media coverage, mammoth audience interest, and hugely improved understanding of the variety of our holdings. In short, it was ‘BIG.’”

The 3,000-square-foot exhibit was a capstone to nearly two years of effort by a broad cross section of National Archives staff. “The concept made use of the attribute of size, to bring home the point that the diversity of National Archives holdings is a genuine treasure for the American people. The technical achievements inside the exhibit would each have been a singular accomplishment in design and conservation in its own right—put together, it was truly an enormous achievement,” Ferriero noted.

BIG! Exhibition - runs through January 3, 2010
The National Archives celebrates its 75th year in 2009 with a new exhibition featuring big records, big events, and big ideas. At a time when many people struggle to see documents and images on smaller and smaller screens, the National Archives exhibition “BIG!” presents the nation’s original record in its full-scale glory. From the 13-foot scroll of the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, to the size 22 sneaker of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, the items in the exhibition are pieces of the American story—writ large. The exhibit, on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building, runs through January 3, 2010. Admission is free. BIG! related items are available in the Archives Shop. Call (202) 357-5271.

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