Prologue Magazine

Prologue Magazine

The President's Archivist

Fred Shipman was sent by President Roosevelt to Italy during World War II to survey and preserve archives.

German Americans in World War I

German Americans joined the U.S. armed forces in World War I despite often facing suspicion at home.

War of 1812

As the British advanced on Washington in 1814, it was time to move the government's records to safety.


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From the Archivist


In the Magazine

  • Topping Off the Tip: How Aluminum Found Its Way onto the Washington Monument

  • All the Women Were Valiant: Spanish-American War Nurses Who Died from Their Service

  • Authors on the Record: The battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Foundation for the National Archives

  • Pieces of History: A piece of silk in a World War II personnel file helps identify a downed pilot in China.

Genealogy Notes

The Army in the Woods

WWI spruce harvesting

Some World War I soldiers harvested spruce trees for airplane production.

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