Prologue Magazine

Fall 2005: Vol. 37, No. 3

Mail Train The "Fast Mail:" A History of the U.S. Railway Mail Service As the railroads speeded America's westward movement, post office cars made the nation's mail move faster, too.
Top Secret The "Z Plan" Story
Japan's secret plan to defeat the U.S. fleet is lost at sea, but soon drifts into "enemy" hands-those of American generals and admirals.
Public Vaults Finding Ordinary Americans with Extraordinary Stories
The search for the real people whose stories live within the records of the National Archives brings surprises, joy, and sadness.

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Prologue in Perspective: Where Have You Gone, James Madison?
Allen Weinstein

Finding Ordinary Americans with Extraordinary Stories
Miriam Kleiman

The "Fast Mail": A History of the U.S. Railway Mail Service
Fred J. Romanski

The "Z Plan" Story: Japan's 1944 Naval Battle Strategy Drifts into U.S. Hands
Greg Bradsher

NARA Honors Three Former Archivists

Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy
Ann Blackman

Spotlight on NARA: There's a NARA Near You! Exploring the Regional Archives
Lori Cox-Paul

Genealogy Notes: "You have the body": Habeas Corpus Case Records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia
Chris Naylor

Authors on the Record: Forgotten First Lady Returns to the Spotlight

Foundation for the National Archives

Pieces of History: Laura Ingalls Wilder Papers at the Hoover Library

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Genealogy Notes

"You have the body": Habeas Corpus Case Records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, 1820–1863

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Habeas corpus cases dating from 1820 to 1863 in the District of Columbia can provide names of individuals and family members; birth, marriage, and death information; and detailed information on the daily lives of the people involved in the cases.

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National Archives Building, Washington, DC Where Have You Gone, James Madison?
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