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David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Ferriero to Serve on Semiquincentennial Celebration Commission

Ferriero is one of nine Federal Government officials who are tasked with facilitating national plans to observe and commemorate the occasion along with eight members of Congress and 16 private citizens.

Identification tags from 1st Lt. Julian Columbus and his father were recovered among stolen items during the Antonin DeHays investigation.

Thief’s Sentencing Sends ‘Strong Message’

When a federal judge sentenced Antonin DeHays, it marked the end of a long and twisted tale involving the theft of hundreds of American artifacts. It also wrapped up an investigation that involved countless hours of sifting through records and examining evidence to bring that thief to justice.

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National Archives Hosts Career Diplomats to Discuss Women in Foreign Service

A panel of female career diplomats discussed their personal experiences during a recent event at the National Archives.

"Medcap, Vietnam” by Herbert Brady, 1970. RG 330, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921-2008.

Archives Hosts National History Day

More than 270 middle and high school students from Washington, DC, enriched their understanding of history this week with a visit to the National Archives, which hosted an educational event for National History Day.

"Medcap, Vietnam” by Herbert Brady, 1970. RG 330, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921-2008.Combat Artists Share War Experience

Combat artists create art out of the experience of war. Several such artists recently shared their stories at the National Archives, which hosted a panel discussion of their artistic work and wartime experiences. 

Betty ford portrait Archives Exhibit Honors Betty Ford

The National Archives will open a special exhibit this week dedicated to former First Lady Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Ford. The exhibit includes rarely seen objects, documents, and photographs that highlight Betty Ford’s courage and candor when speaking publicly about her own personal battle with breast cancer.

Baseball patentNational Archives Shares Hall-of-Famers’ Baseball-Related Patents

As Major League Baseball gets a new season under way, fans around the country are looking forward to rooting for their favorite teams in the months ahead. Lovers of baseball can also look back on some interesting National Archives records related to the all-American pastime, including patents held by former players, some of whom are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Records Help Tell Story of USS Juneau, Sullivan Brothers

Last week, a team of civilian explorers discovered the USS Juneau, which was lost during World War II, near the Solomon Islands. In 1942, torpedoes from a Japanese submarine split the light-cruiser in half, sinking it almost immediately in the Pacific Ocean. More than 600 sailors died that day, including perhaps the most well-known case of siblings lost during the war.

Thai exhibit - Cigarette case with royal cypher of King Ananda MahidolArchives Loans Artifacts to Thai Exhibition

A new exhibition that opened this week in Bangkok, Thailand, highlights 200 years of United States-Thai friendship and features more than 40 records and gifts loaned from the National Archives and Records Administration.

This Grand Experiment portal graphicThis Grand Experiment

During the Civil War era, the Federal Government needed to expand its workforce, but the jobs paid too little for most qualified men to even consider the vacancies. So the Government tried a new approach to filling its personnel shortage: It opened its payrolls to women for the first time.

First Ladies circle portal graphic file.First Ladies Help Define Early America

The nation’s earliest three First Ladies played a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American Presidency to a fledgling nation and to the world, according to the author of a new book on the subject.

Sunshine week graphic iconArchives Celebrates Information Access

The National Archives and Records Administration will host several events in observance of Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information.

A Night at the Museum: Kids Sleep Over at the National Archives graphicOhio Girl Attends Archives Sleepover

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently invited nine-year-old Ohio resident Madeline Gurbach and her dad, Matthew, to an educational sleepover event held at the National Archives. Learn more about how Madeline received this invitation and activities at the 10th museum sleepover. 

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Rare Opportunity to See the Emancipation Proclamation

Visitors to the National Archives will have the rare opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation in the East Rotunda Gallery during the weekend of February 17-19, 2018, in observance  of African American History Month and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.  

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Author Discusses Jefferson’s Daughters

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson had three daughters, but they led very different lives in the newly-colonized America, according to author Catherine Kerrison, who presented the findings of her book research to a packed house at the National Archives last week.

UFO graphicDo Records Show Proof of UFOs?

Over the years, many researchers and scientists have scoured government documents at the National Archives in search of proof that life exists beyond Earth. The National Archives and Records Administration is actually home to several collections of documents pertaining to unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or “flying disks.”

Winter Olympic Patent RecordsWinter Olympic Patent Records

When people think of the Winter Olympics, the National Archives and Records Administration might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know that the agency is custodian of several patents related to winter sports played in those Olympic games?

Citizen Archivist portal button graphic Citizen Archivists Tag Records

The National Archives held a Citizen Archivist Week of Service this week; the goal was to have citizens “tag” and transcribe primary source documents—2,018 pages to be exact—in the National Archives Catalog. As the week-long event came to a close, more than 3,500 pages had been transcribed by 430 citizen archivists.  

Journalists Share Vietnam Experience Journalists Share Vietnam Experiences

 Japanese videojournalist Yasutsune "Tony" HIrashiki and a panel of distinguished journalists discuss the role of the television journalist during the Vietnam War and how it influenced subsequent conflicts.

Members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association sit on a Bell helicopter as they prepare for tours with the public during Members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association sit on a Bell helicopter as they prepare for tours with the public during the grand opening weekend of the new Remembering Vietnam exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (National Archives photo by Rania Hassan) Utah Honor Flight Veterans Visit National Archives’ Remembering Vietnam Exhibit

Forty-eight Vietnam War veterans came from Utah as part of an Honor Flight to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where they attended the November 10 public opening of the Remembering Vietnam exhibit

Hagel Brothers Share Vietnam War Story

Hagel Brothers Share Vietnam War Story

They were two brothers serving in one combat unit, who between them earned five Purple Hearts. Theirs is a tale of military service and sacrifice in Vietnam. Brothers Chuck and Tom Hagel shared their story with the National Archives. 

CSM 9 Communism Riots, January 9, 1964. National Archives image.

National Archives' Declassification Center Releases Panama Canal Diplomatic Records

These records provide insight and perspective into treaty negotiations, interactions between the American Embassy and U.S. Government agencies on the Canal, the impact of Panamanian politics and elections on treaty negotiations, and the general unrest caused by the U.S. presence in the Canal Zone.

Cryptographers, both male and female, are trained to decode German encrypted communications during World War II. (National Archives, RG 457)

Records Help Author Tell Code Girls' Story

More than 10,000 women played a pivotal role in helping the United States and its Allies win World War II through the highly complex work of deciphering encrypted messages.

Apollo 13 Spacecraft is being returned to the prime recovery ship, USS Iwo Jima. The spacecraft splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17, 1970. (National Archives, RG 255)

Tom Hanks Receives Foundation's Records of Achievement Award

The National Archives Foundation honored Hanks on October 21 for his work in helping to tell America’s story by awarding him the Records of Achievement Award.

Swearing-in during Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives.National Archives Personnel Train for Disaster Response

National Archives conservators, preservationists, and technicians gained hands-on experience in emergency response and salvage decision-making through a simulated disaster area—enabling them to test their skills in recovery and restoration of water-logged facsimile records and objects. 

Swearing-in during Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives.National Archives Welcomes New Citizens

Thirty new United States naturalized citizens took the oath of allegiance last week at the National Archives rotunda in Washington, DC.  Sworn in just steps away from the Charters of Freedom, the new Americans hail from 22 different countries.

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Australian Archives Official Shares Digital Records Experience

Anne Lyons, a member of the National Archives of Australia’s executive team, spoke about Australia’s experience transitioning to digital record keeping during an August 31, 2017, presentation at NARA’s College Park facility.

Then King and I cast.The King and I cast visits the National Archives

The cast and crew of the Kennedy Center’s production of The King and I toured the National Archives for a first-hand look at historic documents from King Mongkut of Siam and the United States.

Sussex Declaration Historians Discuss Their Discovery of “Sussex Declaration”

There are only two known in the world—parchment manuscripts of the Declaration of Independence dating back to the 18th century. One is held by the National Archives and displayed to the public in Washington, DC. The other was recently discovered in Chichester, England, by two Harvard University historians, who spoke about their discovery at the National Archives.

Hidden Treasures: Uncovering Panoramic Photographs of Alaska at the National ArchivesHidden Treasure: Uncovering Panoramic Photographs of Alaska at the National Archives

As the National Archives and Records Administration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867, the agency’s facility at College Park is hosting an exhibition of panoramic images taken in the territory during the early parts of the 20th century.

Hoover GrandchildrenHoover Film Footage Likely First White House Color Home Movies

An audio-visual archivist working at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library discovered that some of former First Lady Lou Hoover’s home movies may in fact be the earliest color home movies ever taken at the White House.

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National Archives’ Digital Records Help Irish Author Write History Books

The National Archives and Records Administration’s digitized records collection recently allowed an Irish author across the Atlantic Ocean to write two books, the latest one using NARA holdings as primary resources.

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Correcting the Record on Dorothea Lange’s Japanese Internment Photos

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066 that interned Japanese Americans during World War II, the National Archives makes widely available its extensive related holdings including photos, videos, and records that chronicle this chapter in American history.