Prologue Magazine

Winter 2007: Vol. 39, No. 4

Bess Truman The First Proposal
Young Harry Truman was smitten at first sight with his beloved Bess and pursued her for years despite being spurned time after time.
Captured German documents Mission to Štĕchovice
In postwar Europe, an American unit seeks to clandestinely remove Nazi records from a hiding place in Czechoslovakia, but instead creates a diplomatic crisis.
U.S. Marine at Peleliu Digging Deep at the National Archives
Ken Burns and his associates discover the vast holdings of World War II records at NARA. Plus a guide to those records for the reader.

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Prologue in Perspective: The National Archives and the World
Allen Weinstein

FDR Asks the Future for a Favor: Searching for the Son of a World War II Hero Takes the Author on an Unplanned Journey
Lee Ann Potter

The First Proposal, or, What a Future President of the United States Did When He Was Rejected by the Woman He Loved
Raymond H. Geselbracht

Mission to Štĕchovice: How Americans Took Nazi Documents From Czechoslovakia—and Created a Diplomatic Crisis
T. Dennis Reece

Understanding the Seat of Government: An American Indian Tribe's Experience in the Removal Period
James W. Oberly

Digging Deep at the National Archives: Film, Still Pictures Holdings Were Major Resource for Ken Burns's World War II Documentary

Spotlight on NARA: Opening the Files on War Crimes

Genealogy Notes: Native Americans in the Antebellum U.S. Military
James P. Collins

Authors on the Record: The North Pole, Revisited

Foundation for the National Archives

Pieces of History: The Great White Fleet Sails

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Genealogy Notes

Native Americans in the Antebellum U.S. Military

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Hundreds of American Indians served in the U.S. military between 1815 and 1858. Learn how to find them in the records.

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Prologue in Perspective

National Archives Building The National Archives and the World By Allen Weinstein.

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