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The Cigarette A Political HistoryHistorian Explores How 'We The People' Fought for Change in Tobacco Regulation

Sarah Milov’s book The Cigarette: A Political History examines how everyday Americans prompted change in Federal regulations governing the advertisement, sale, and distribution of tobacco products.

Peace Corps volunteer in IstanbulFilm Screening at National Archives Honors Peace Corps’s ‘Towering Task’

A Towering Task explores the many facets of the Peace Corps’s 60-year history, from the signing of Executive Order 10924 on March 1, 1961, through the present.

Rightfully Hers logoDouble Feature Documentary Screening Honors Woman’s Suffrage

In connection with the exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, the National Archives presented a dual screening of Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema and Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors.

Neil GorsuchJustice Gorsuch Reflects on the Constitution

In a conversation with Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch spoke about his new book on the Constitution, A Republic, If You Can Keep It.

logo for 19: The Musical‘19: The Musical’ Tells the Story of Woman Suffrage

"19: The Musical" explores the suffragist movement and the countless suffragists whose efforts led to the passing of the 19th Amendment.

New citizen after naturalization ceremonyNational Archives Welcomes New Citizens

Thirty-one new United States naturalized citizens took the oath of allegiance at the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC, on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019.

Abraham LincolnLincoln in the Pre-War Years

Sidney Blumenthal, author of The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln: All the Powers of Earth 1856–1860, volume III of his biography of Lincoln, discussed Lincoln's thinking during those four critical years.

Lt Col Dwight EisenhowerEisenhower Library Exhibit Showcases 1919 Transcontinental Convoy

On the centennial of the Transcontinental Motor Convoy, the National Archives and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library look back at the hardships and accomplishments of the coast-to-coast expedition.

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO, is undergoing a year-long renovation that will result in a new Truman permanent exhibition, new amenities for visitors, and enhanced educational and community programming.

George MasonBiographer Defends George Mason

Despite his opposition to the newly drafted Constitution in 1787, George Mason was “one of the ablest constitutionalists of all time,” according to the author of a new biography of the Founding Father.

Archivist David Ferriero and Meredith EvansLeaders Address Evolution of Archives Profession

Archivist David S. Ferriero and several other National Archives staff spoke at the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists.

Millionth visitor to museum of 2019Museum Receives Millionth Visitor of the Year

The National Archives Museum welcomed a California sixth grader on her family's first trip to Washington, DC, as the one millionth visitor of 2019 on Friday, August 16. 

Douglass WallerThe Spies Behind Lincoln’s ‘Secret War to Save a Nation’​

Douglas Waller stopped by the National Archives on August 8 to discuss the “secret battles” undertaken by Union agents in his book Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation.

Christian KellerAuthor Investigates ‘Great Partnership’ Between Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson, Implications for the ‘Fate of the Confederacy’

On August 6, the National Archives hosted Christian B. Keller to speak about the unique bond between Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson in his book, The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy.

Neil ArmstrongApollo 11 Documentary Creators Speak at National Archives for Film Screenings

In the William G. McGowan Theater on July 18, the National Archives hosted two screenings of the award-winning documentary Apollo 11, which consists largely of archival footage that was provided by the National Archives and digitally scanned by the film’s production company.

Attendees at the Girl Up conference at the National ArchivesYoung Women Leaders Visit National Archives During ‘Girl Up’ Summit

Hundreds of young female leaders aged 13–22 from across the United States and around the world visited the National Archives Museum as part of the eighth annual Girl Up Leadership Summit.

A genealogist scans pension records at the Buffalo Soldiers scan-a-thonCitizen Archivists Digitize Buffalo Soldiers’ Records During Scan-a-thon 

Volunteers participated in a “scan-a-thon” at the National Archives in Washington, DC, to digitize pension files of African American soldiers who served between 1866 and 1892.

Detail of mural of the Declaration of IndependenceVolunteer Sheds Light on Story Behind Rotunda Murals

Lester Gorelic, an author and volunteer docent at the National Archives, recently shared the results of his extensive research into the story of the murals in the National Archives Rotunda.

An intern helps a camper at National Archives Genealogy Camp 2019Kids Learn Genealogy at National Archives Camp

This summer a group of kids in National Archives Genealogy Camp learned about the types of records the National Archives holds and how to dig deep into their family histories.

Navy muster roll for USS FarollonesNARA Digitizes More than 500 Volumes of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls

The National Archives partnered with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of Washington to digitize more than 500 volumes of U.S. Navy muster rolls.

Vice President Pence speaks to new U.S. citizensVice President Welcomes New Citizens During Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

At a July 4, 2019, naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, DC, Vice President Pence welcomed new U.S. citizens. Forty candidates came from 29 countries.

Truman 100 wedding anniversary celebrationTruman Library Celebrates Harry and Bess’s 100th Wedding Anniversary

The Truman Library marked the June 28 anniversary with a public celebration that culminated in a marriage vow renewal ceremony with more than 100 couples.

Students UVA research teamCreate Tool Using Records to Help Navy Vietnam Veterans Get Benefits

When University of Virginia students used National Archives records to compile data for a team project, they had no idea  how valuable their research would become to thousands of Vietnam veterans.

Votes for Women cartoonPanel Discusses Challenges for Women Candidates for Office

During a discussion on “The Female Candidate for Office: Challenges and Hurdles,” former members of Congress shared their own stories and advice for women considering running for office.

The Way to Peace exhibitCelebrating Partnerships During International Archives Week

The National Archives has a long history of cooperation with many archives around the world. One example brought together the Archives and the State Records Management and Archives Department of Vietnam.

D-dayDisplay Commemorates 75th D-Day Anniversary

To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-day, the National Archives presents a document display and special programs relating to the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy.

Walt WhitmanNational Archives Celebrates Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

Born 200 years ago on May 31, 1819, Whitman remains a fixture in the nation’s literary canon. The National Archives has several unexpected connections to this great poet.

Rightfully Hers Circle portal graphic Women’s Voting Rights Exhibit Opens at National Archives

The National Archives launched its newest exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, today at its museum in Washington, DC, as visitors and tourists eagerly awaited the opportunity to see it for the first time.

Utah Borrows Pacific Railroad Act for 150th Anniversary Display circle portalUtah Borrows Pacific Railroad Act for 150th Anniversary Display

On this day 150 years ago, the Transcontinental Railroad opened, officially connecting the east and west coasts of the United States. Its completion had dramatic economic, cultural, and political significance for the nation.

Monuments Men Diary to National Archives National Archives Receives Donation of Monuments Man's Diary

The National Archives received the World War II–era diary of S. Lane Faison, a “Monuments Man” who wrote the official report on Adolf Hitler's looted art collection.

Declassified Records Shed Light on Argentine History circle portal graphicDeclassified Records Shed Light on Argentine History

The National Archives recently released the final installment of newly declassified U.S. Government records, marking the completion of the U.S. Declassification Project for Argentina. 

Puzzle Escape Room April 2019

National Archives Hosts 'Puzzling' Event

For just a couple of hours last evening after closing to the public, the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, was the scene of a couple dozen clue-gathering, mystery-solving, puzzle-decoding adult sleuths. 

Rightfully Hers circle portal graphicThe National Archives Celebrates the 19th Amendment

The National Archives will soon unveil a new exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and its impact on our nation’s history. A range of public and education programs are planned to celebrate the centennial of the amendment that extended the right to vote to women.   

Unique elephant patent circle portal graphicFinding an Elephant at the National Archives

An archivist at the National Archives in Kansas City recently discovered a “very unique patent” for an elephant structure among the millions of U.S. patent records in the National Archives.

National History circle portal graphicArchives Hosts Annual DC National History Day

The National Archives and Records Administration hosted more than 325 middle and high school students from the nation’s capital for National History Day. The students competed for a chance to participate in the national competition this June.

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Emancipation Proclamation and DC Emancipation Exhibits Celebrate Freedom

The National Archives will display two historically significant documents and offer other related programs this April to celebrate DC Emancipation Day and honor President Abraham Lincoln’s life.

NATO article circle graphicNational Archives Presents Rare Chance to View NATO Treaty

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and the upcoming NATO summit in Washington, DC, the National Archives will display the landmark document in its museum through April 2, 2019. 

Mr Rogers circle portal graphicCelebrating Mr. Rogers at the National Archives

Fred McFeely Rogers, more fondly known as Mr. Rogers by generations of children and their parents, was an American icon and a pioneer in children’s television programming for more than 50 years. In celebration of Rogers’ birthday, the National Archives highlights several records from our holdings, including Rogers’ draft card and his selective service records.

Visitor Makes Last-Minute Trek Across Country to See “Remembering Vietnam“ Exhibit portal graphicVisitor Makes Last-Minute Trek Across Country to See Remembering Vietnam Exhibit

More than a quarter of a million visitors toured the “Remembering Vietnam“ exhibit at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, during its recent 15-month run. One visitor, Caitlin Merrell from Colorado, made the last-minute, cross-country trek to see it during its final few hours.

Sunshine week circle portal graphicNational Archives Celebrates Open Government During Sunshine Week

The National Archives and Records Administration kicked off its Sunshine Week celebration with an afternoon of speakers and panel discussions focusing on the role of open government and electronic recordkeeping—past, present, and future. 

Apollo 11 circle portal imageNational Archives Film Footage Fuels Apollo 11 Film

Crafted from unseen film footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, a new documentary transports moviegoers to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—Apollo 11, the one that first put men on the Moon and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into American icons.

First African American Congresswoman portal graphicFirst African American Congresswoman Featured at National Archives

The life and contributions of Shirley Chisholm—the first African American woman elected to Congress—will be celebrated this month at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed 31 newly naturalized citizens at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on the 227th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, December 14, 2018. (National Archives photo by Kitty Kouwenhoven)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Welcomes New American Citizens

The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, welcomed 31 naturalized American citizens during a ceremony in the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC. 

Miss Saigon Cast Tours "Remembering Vietnam" Exhibit circle portalMiss Saigon Cast Tours "Remembering Vietnam" Exhibit

For some cast and crew members of the Broadway hit musical Miss Saigon, their recent visit to the National Archives exhibit “Remembering Vietnam” transformed the way they will share and perform their story on stage.

NHPRC awards grant to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe portal graphicNational Archives Awards Grant to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The National Archives grants program, carried out via the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, awarded $325,152 to support a project for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to create an online platform and make historical records in the Dakota/Lakota language publicly available.

Women and the Vote circle portal graphicRecords Tell Story of Women’s Struggles for Equal Rights

Deputy Archivist of the United States Debra Steidel Wall welcomed a panel of experts on women's rights at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

President George HW BushNational Archives Mourns Passing of President George H. W. Bush

The National Archives and Records Administration will take part in a national day of mourning for George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who died on November 30 at the age of 94.

Canadian Library and Archives Officials Discuss Indigenous Initiatives circle portal graphicCanadian Library and Archives Officials Discuss Indigenous Initiatives

Senior officials from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) presented several initiatives taken by that nation to preserve records related to their indigenous peoples during a panel discussion at the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park, Maryland, on November 14, 2018. 

Efforts Begin to Digitize 377 Native Treaties portal graphicEfforts Begin to Digitize 377 Native Treaties

The National Archives and Records Administration has begun an effort to conserve and digitize 377 native treaties for inclusion in the agency’s online catalog. The project will add the treaties and supplemental records to the digital catalog, providing worldwide public access to them for the first time. 

New York City Archives Exhibits Native Nations TreatiesNew York City Archives Exhibits Native Nations Treaties

The National Archives at New York City recently unveiled a new semi-permanent exhibit, “Be it Remembered: Treaties with Native Nations,” transforming the lower level lobby of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan into a new museum space. 

Vietnam Veterans PilotsVietnam Veteran Pilots Reunited With Helicopter They Flew in Combat

When retired U.S. Army helicopter pilots George Chapman and Matthew McGuire heard about a Vietnam-era helicopter display this week on the National Archives lawn, they knew they had to visit Washington, DC, to see it. 

Private Henry GuntherRecords Shed Light on Last American Killed in World War I

In a recent video, Archives Specialist Mitchell Yockelson relates the story of the last American killed in World War I—two minutes before the Armistice took effect.

Vietnam-era helicopterVeteran Pilots Display Vietnam-Era Helicopters at National Archives

Three Vietnam-era helicopters were displayed on the lawn of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, as part of a week-long celebration honoring veterans.

Soldier in Vietnam Combat Photographers Talk about ‘Shooting’ the War in Vietnam

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the National Archives and Records Administration hosted a panel of five combat photographers who shared their war service experiences.

Perry Gordon tells a visitor about wampumAt Native-Themed Sleepover, Guests Learn History with Hands-On Experience

On the night of the National Archives Sleepover, children learned Native American history from guest speakers and an array of primary sources.

Virtual Genie Fair circle portal graphicVirtual Fair Reaches Thousands of Genealogists Across the Globe

The National Archives  hosted its biggest genealogy event of the year on October 24, 2018. This fair was a live, virtual event conducted by webcast with thousands of viewers from more than 40 countries.

LBJ circle portal imageAuthor Connects 1968 Events and LBJ Presidency

By all accounts, 1968 was a tumultuous year in American history. Historian Kyle Longley explores the effects of these events 50 years ago and the role they played during the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

New Citizens sworn in on Constitution Day portal graphicNew Citizens Sworn In on Constitution Day

Thirty-one new United States naturalized citizens from 25 different countries took the oath of allegiance on Constitution Day at the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, DC, just steps away from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Homes and debris is strewn across Crescent Beach, East Lyme, Connecticut, in the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane that struck New EnglandRecords Provide Reminder of Devastating 1938 Hurricane

As much of the southeastern seaboard of the United States braces for “Hurricane Florence” this weekend, records from the National Archives in Boston provide a look back at the deadly “Great New England Hurricane” that devastated much of coastal New England in 1938.

Paul Sparrow at Civic Education SymposiumNational Archives Aims to Enhance Civic Literacy

At a symposium on the state of civic engagement in America, the National Archives launched a new web page promoting civic education.

Leaders Share National Archives’ Vision for a Digital Future circle portal graphicLeaders Share National Archives’ Vision for a Digital Future

The National Archives’ strategic plan is a major step toward 21st-century records management, the Deputy Archivist of the United States said last week during a major conference of archival professionals.

Meredith EvansPresidential Library Director Named President of Archivists' Society

Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Library, assumes leadership of the Society of American Archivists.

National Archives works to release records related to Judge Kavanaugh circle portal graphic National Archives Works to Release Records Related to Judge Kavanaugh

Each time a candidate is nominated to the Supreme Court by the President, the staff at the National Archives and Records Adminstration immediately begin the task of reviewing and releasing records related to that nominee. 

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 Earlier this week, the National Archives and Records Administration held its first forum to discuss management of digital records moving into the 21st century.

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Tracing a Soldier’s Service at the Archives

Photo historian Larry West acquired an image of a black Civil War soldier and set out to find out details of the man’s history.

National Archives Records Related to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

National Archives Records Related to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

The mission of the National Archives and Records Administration  is to provide access to the permanent records of the Federal Government, which include Presidential records from Presidential Libraries.

The National Archives and Records Administration recently marked the 45th anniversary of a devastating fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri, that destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) documenting the service history of former military personnel discharged from 1912-1964.Archives Recalls Fire That Claimed Millions of Military Personnel Files

The National Archives and Records Administration recently marked the 45th anniversary of a devastating fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, that destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files.

baseball letterheadBaseball Records Provide Historical Perspective on All-Star Game

As baseball's annual All-Star Game comes to the nation's capital, the National Archives provides historical context by sharing some of the many artifacts, documents, and images in our records from games past.

Titanic lifeboatNational Archives Loans Artifacts from the Titanic

 The National Archives loaned 14 original items and dozens more facsimiles to the National Geographic Society for a new exhibition about the ill-fated RMS Titanic.

Martin Luther King and Robert KennedyRecords Illustrate American Icons’ Complex Relationship

Author and journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.

Huzzah for Independence DayThousands Celebrate Independence Day at National Archives

The annual Independence Day Celebration at the National Archives featured a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, music, Revolutionary War–era guests, and family activities.

Presidential reform plan cover graphicFerriero Praises Proposal Inclusion in President’s Reform Plan

The Archivist of the United States applauded the inclusion of the National Archives and Record Administration’s reform proposal in the President’s plan to reform and reorganize the Federal Government.

Rare home movies show FDR walkingPanel Examines Citizen Engagement in U.S. History

From the nation’s founding and the abolitionist movement to the civil rights marches of the 1960s and student activism in the social media age, citizen engagement has played a critical role in shaping our nation’s history. The National Archives recently hosted a cross-generational, bipartisan discussion on how citizen movements have influenced—or failed to influence—policymakers in the United States.

Rare home movies show FDR walkingRare Home Movies Show FDR Walking

Previously unseen and historically significant home movie footage of President Franklin Roosevelt walking at the 1935 White House Easter Egg Roll—made available by the National Archives and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum—offers a rare glimpse into the life of the former chief executive.

National Archives Awards Grant circle portal graphicNational Archives Awards Grants

The National Archives grants program, carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, recently awarded 31 grants totaling more than $4 million for projects in 15 states. Fourteen of those projects seek to provide public access to historical records.

Escape RoomWorkshop Participants Enjoy National Archives ‘Escape Room’ Experience

What do flying saucers, mythical creatures, the lunar landing, Santa Claus, and secret codes have in common? Visitors to the National Archives Museum found the answer through a series of clues, cyphers, and puzzles.

Hockey skate patent portal graphicHockey Exhibit Honors Stanley Cup Win

Hockey mania has taken over Washington, DC. With the Washington Capitals’ recent Stanley Cup victory—the first one in franchise history—Washingtonians are #ALLCAPS these days.

Archives Displays Hamilton in Unique Exhibit portal graphic.Archives Displays Hamilton Documents in Unique Exhibit

Records related to one of our nation’s founders are paired and displayed with lyrics from a smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, in an innovative new exhibit at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. 

300,000 scan imageCitizen Archivists Help Make Access Happen, One Scanned Record at a Time

Citizen archivists recently helped the National Archives and Records Administration reach a new milestone, collectively scanning their 300,000th page for inclusion in the National Archives Catalog. It’s all part of an agency-wide effort to make more records publicly accessible online. 

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Archives Welcomes Award-Winning Authors of Children’s Literature

Caldecott and Newbery award–winning authors will share their experiences and inspiration with aspiring young authors at the National Archives Museum for the second annual “Write” Stuff event on June 2, 2018. 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United StatesFerriero to Serve on Semiquincentennial Celebration Commission

Ferriero is one of nine Federal Government officials 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. 

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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.