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“Records of Rights” explores how Americans have worked to realize their nation’s ideals of freedom. The exhibit showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative 17-foot touch screen interactive table to illustrate how Americans throughout our history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.
The 1943 Act to Repeal the Chinese Exclusion Acts is on display in the Landmark Document case. Although this act established a quota allowing Chinese immigrants (only 105 new entry visas per year), it was a step toward removing immigration barriers based on race and nationality. Beginning September 18, it will be replaced by the 1916 Keating-Owen Act, which banned the interstate sale of products made by child labor and limited the working hours of children. David M. Rubenstein Gallery
1297 Magna Carta
The 1297 Magna Carta, on permanent loan from David M. Rubenstein, is featured in the “Records of Rights” exhibit. David M. Rubenstein Gallery
- Declaration of Independence
- Bill of Rights
“The Charters of Freedom: Our Nation’s Founding Documents” takes a fresh look at the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Using historical documents from the holdings of the National Archives, we answer two key questions about the Charters: "How did they happen?" and "Why are they important?" Rotunda
“The Public Vaults” invites visitors into virtual stack areas to discover historic documents, films, maps, and photographs from the National Archives. A rare print on parchment of the Declaration of Independence–made from the original copperplate engraved by William J. Stone in 1823—is on display for a limited time. Courtesy of David M. Rubenstein
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by looking beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. This fuller retelling of the struggle for women’s voting rights illustrates the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrum of race, ethnicity, and class to reveal what it really takes to win the vote for one-half of the people. Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, through January 3, 2021.
Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).
Featured Document Display: Woodstock 1969
The 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair featured some of the greatest performers of the time and attracted an audience of 400,000. One of the most famous musical events of the 20th century, Woodstock continues to be a powerful symbol of the 1960s and the counterculture movement. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this cultural touchstone, a Featured Document exhibit highlighting the history and legacy of three day festival of “Peace & Music” will be on display. East Rotunda Gallery through October 9.
Featured Document Display: Honoring Native American Soldiers' World War I Service
When the U.S. entered World War I, American Indians volunteered to serve despite a long history of discrimination against indigenous people and their traditional culture. Many Native Americans weren’t even recognized as U.S. citizens. In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month and Veteran’s Day, a collection of World War I records will be exhibited to highlight one of the unique ways that Native American soldiers used their language and cultural heritage to serve the country. East Rotunda Gallery October 10 through December 4, 2019.
Made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of The Boeing Company.
Special Exhibit in College Park, Maryland
Auditorium Lobby at the National Archives Research Center:
"Hidden Treasure" features historic panoramic photographs taken by topographers with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1910 to 1932 in the Alaska.
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Records of Rights
Explore records of the National Archives documenting the ongoing struggle of Americans to define, attain, and protect their rights.
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
Startling evidence of the once vibrant Jewish life in Iraq came to light in May 2003—over 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi intelligence headquarters by a U.S. Army team.
To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
An exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
Unearth the stories and personalities behind the increasingly complex programs and legislation that affect what we eat. Learn about the Government’s extraordinary efforts, successes, and failures to change our eating habits. Find out why the Government wanted us to “Eat the Carp,” “Share the Meat,” and “Know Our Onions.” There are over 100 original records in the exhibit—including folk songs, war posters, educational films, and even seed packets. From Revolutionary War rations to Cold War cultural exchanges, discover the multiple ways that food has occupied the hearts and minds of Americans and their Government. Online exhibit
All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.