Prologue Magazine

Summer 2005: Vol. 37, No. 2

Loose Talk Poster Getting the Message Out: The Poster Boys of World War II The Boy Scouts of America were mobilized to distribute the government's patriotic messages and warnings about spies and saboteurs on the home front.
Presidential Libraries logo The Presidential Libraries Act after 50 Years
FDR had already built his presidential library and donated it to the government, but it took some carefully crafted legislation before any more Presidents could do so.
Map of US-Mexico border Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico
The 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican boundary line is drawn, and redrawn, amid politics and turmoil on both sides of the border.

Table of Contents

Prologue in Perspective: At the National Archives, Pursuing Two Great Goals to Improve Service to Our Customers
Allen Weinstein

The National Archives' Celestial Volunteer
Timothy Rives

With the Wind at Their Backs: The Cruise of the SMS Seeadler, 1916–1917
Blaine L. Pardoe

Okinawa: The Battle, the Bomb, and the Camera
John S. Reed

Getting the Message Out: The Poster Boys of World War II
Robert Ellis

Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico
Michael Dear

Americans in Paris

Spotlight on NARA: The Presidential Libraries Act after 50 Years
Raymond Geselbracht and Timothy Walch

Genealogy Notes: Those Elusive Early Americans: Public Lands and Claims in the American State Papers, 1789–1837
Chris Naylor

Authors on the Record: Flip Side of the American Dream

Foundation for the National Archives

Pieces of History: "Release When Ready"—Harry S. Truman gives what some consider his final OK for dropping the atomic bomb.

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Genealogy Notes

Those Elusive Early Americans: Public Lands and Claims in the American State Papers, 17891837

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The thousands of claims and other records in the American State Papers preserved from the archives and manuscript records of the Senate and House contain a wealth of information on individuals and families living in America from 1789 to 1838.

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Prologue in Perspective


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At the National Archives, Pursuing Two Great Goals to Improve Service to Our Customers, By Allen Weinstein
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