I Wish to Acknowledge
The following entries constitute an online addendum to the 2009 published piece in Prologue, which spotlights examples of "acknowledgments" to archivists working at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as found in various works of nonfiction. Although all of these acknowledgments (and many more) deserved inclusion in the piece, not all could be due to space limitations in Prologue’s printed edition. Here we have listed the acknowledgments to NARA and its archival staff in fuller form, so that the reader might gain a better understanding of the scope of NARA’s influence on the type of work produced by authors and historians over the years. Time and resources permitting, the present list will be supplemented with additional entries as they become known. Readers should feel free to contact Chief Librarian Jeffery Hartley at email@example.com with additional suggestions for inclusion on this list.
Adler, Jessica L. Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System (2017).
"At the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland, Mitch Yockelson and Hayley Maynard provided expert assistance with World War I-era government records. Juliette Arai and Paul Harrison offered valuable guidance at the National Archives in Washington, DC, especially as I attempted to decipher the complex finding aids of Record Group 15. Likewise, Richard McCulley and Kate Mollan helped me navigate House and Senate records at the Center for Legislative Archives in Washington."
Alexander, Benjamin F. The New Deal's Forest Army: How the Civilian Conservation Corps Worked (2018).
"In my library research, I have much appreciated the staff at the National Archives in both College Park, Maryland, and Washington, DC, especially Gene Morris, the specialist in College Park with the closest connection to the CCC collection."
Alford, Kenneth D. American Crimes and the Liberation of Paris: Robbery, Rape, and Murder by Renegade GIs, 1944-1947 (2016).
"I am thankful to Holly Reed and Sharon Culley, archives specialists, National Archives, College Park....A special thanks to staff of the National Archives at St. Louis, Bryan K. McGraw, director; Eric Kilgore, Research Room supervisor; Eric Voelz, archivist; and Corey Stewart, Archive Specialist."
Anziska, Seth. Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo (2018).
"I am indebted to the archivists, librarians, and researchers who helped me locate material across multiple locations....In Atlanta, Keith Shuler, Brittany Parris, and Amanda Pellerin assisted at the Jimmy Carter Library; in Sim Valley, Kelly Barton and Shelly Williams assisted at the Ronald Reagan Library...."
Avrea, Peter and Barbara. Burma Warrior: Pete Avrea's World war II Story in China-Burma-India 1944-1945 (2018).
"Next came a trip to Washington D.C. where my wife Barbara and I worked with another great professional named Eric van Slander in the Textual Reference Operation at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland. It is an incredible facility."
Baier, Brett and Catherine Whitney. Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (2018).
"Professionals at presidential libraries are the gatekeepers of the history and wisdom of our highest office. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened its doors to me and allowed inside their remarkable store of knowledge and insight. In particular, I would like to thank...archivist Ray Wilson, who was so generous with his time and input; audiovisual archivist Michael Pinckney, who helped select wonderful photos for the book...."
"Thanks, too, to archivists Doug Campbell and Buffie Hollis at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, who helped give substance to President Bush's role in the end of the Cold War. I also returned to the Eisenhower Library for research into the relationship between our thirty-fourth and fortieth presidents, and am grateful as always to the wonderful professionals there, especially acting director Tim Rives and archivist Mary Burtzloff."
Baime, A.J. The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World (2017).
"Completing a book of 160,000 words feels like shepherding 160,000 beloved kittens across a busy highway. I owe a great deal of gratitude to a lot of people. First, I would like to thank the archivists at the research institutions where I visited, most notably the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Independence. Missouri; the National Archives in College Park, Maryland;...the FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, New York... "
"Particular gratitude goes to Greg Bradsher at the National Archives, Randy Sowell at the Truman Library..."
Beevor, Antony. The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II (2018).
"I once again owe a great deal to Dr Tim Nenninger of the National Archives at College Park, Maryland...."
Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (2016).
"For access and assistance in locating primary materials, I thank ..the departments and people at the following institutions:...The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Archives Department, Robert Clark, Matthew Hanson, Virginia H. Lewick, Robert Park, Mark Renovitch, and Jay Teichmann."
Beschloss, Michael. Presidents of War (2018).
"For the period I worked on this book, I thank David Ferreiro, Archivist of the United States, Cynthia Koch and Paul Sparrow of the Roosevelt Library, Michael Devine of the Truman Library, and the Johnson Library's Mark Updegrove, Tina Houston, Claudia Anderson, and the late Harry Middleton...."
Brower, Kate Andersen. First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power (2018).
"I appreciate the help of the women who work at the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives: Stephannie Oriabure, Jessica Owens, and Anna Yallouris. The staffs at several presidential libraries helped me cull through thousands of papges of letters and memos and they include Mary McMurray, Sam Rushay, and David Clark at Harry Truman's Library; Liza Talbott at Lyndon Johnson's library; Scott Russell and Jonathan Movroydis at Richard Nixon's library; and Elaine Didier, John O'Connell, Kate Murray, and Stacy Davis at Gerald R. Ford's library."
Burke, Colin B. America's Information Wars: The Untold Story of Information Systems in America's Conflicts and Politics from World War II to the Internet Age (2018).
"The staffs at the National Archives in College Park and Washington, D.C., especially Jeff Hartley, often led me to unexpectedly valuable files...."
Carroll, Andrew. My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War (2017).
"For going out of their way to help with my research, there are numerous historians, archivists, and librarians throughout the United States whom I wish to thanks, including:...Deanna L. Kolling and Kathy Struss at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home;...Kurt Graham, Jim Armistead, David Clark, Sam Rushay, and Randy Sowell at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum..."
Clark, J.P. Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917 (2017).
"As anyone who has done archival research can attest, some collections are more pleasant places in which to pursue the past then others. In my journeys, I have found the most helpful and considerate to be...Timothy Nenninger of the National Archives;..."
Clune, Lori. Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy on a Cold War World (2016).
"I owe a great deal to David Pfeiffer at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland for using his 'very educated guess' on an indefatigable hunt to track the untrackable Rosenberg State Department documents. I am indebted to wonderful and knowledgeable people at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas (particularly Valoise Armstrong); the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri (Sam Rushay and the late Liz Safly)... "
Cobbs, Elizabeth. The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers (2017).
"Others smoothed my path...Holly Reed,...and Mitchell Yockelson contributed generously. Their knowledge guided me. Their kindness encouraged me. The staff of the National Personnel Record Center in St. Louis, especially Cara Moore, provided invaluable assistance."
Daddis, Gregory A. Withdrawal: Reassessing America's Final Years in Vietnam (2017).
"All historians know the value of knowledgeable archivists and library staff and I have benefited from working with more than a few. John Wilson at the LBJ Library helped me find some important documents on pacification and the term 'one war'. At the Nixon Library, I have been fortunate to work with some amazingly talented folks: Greg Cummings, Pamela Eisenberg, Mike Ellzey, Mellissa Heddon, Ida Kelley, Meghan Lee-Parker, Ryan Pettigrew, and Jason Schultz."
Dearborn, Mary V. Ernest Hemingway: A Biography (2017).
"I have had significant help from archivists and librarians. Every Hemingway scholar is indebted to the matchless Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library and its staff, especially Susan Wrynn, Stephen Plotkin, Laurie Austin, and Connor Anderson - all of whom brought me materials, answered my questions, and generally made life easier for me."
Drury, Bob and Tom Clavin. Valley Forge (2018).
"We especially want to recognize the help provided by...Rose Buchanan at the National Archives and Records Administration...."
Dunn, Susan. A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America (2018).
"One of the great pleasures of working on this book was returning again and again to the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, where director Paul Sparrow and archivist Robert Clark steered me through miles of documents."
Eckstein, Arthur M. Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution (2016).
"I also owe a great debt to James Mathis, a chief archivist at the National Archives, and to his assistant Britney Crawford. They organized the dozens of boxes of FBI material for me, provided an outline of what files were in each box, and even underlined which boxes would hold the most interesting files. Moreover, James gave me his deep historical insights into the FBI in the last years of J. Edgar Hoover; and Britney provided expertise at my talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center."
Edsel, Robert M. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: The Story of the Monuments Men (201).
"The Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, and his outstanding team at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, in particular Greg Bradsher, have been an important part of my success. They continue to share my commitment to see this important part of our nation's history broadly known.'"
Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach: A Novel (2017).
"Bonnie Sauer at the National Archives gave me physical access to the collection 'Photographs of the Construction and Repair of Buildings, Facilities and Vessels at the New York Navy Yard (1903-1945).'"
Eizenstat, Stuart E. President Carter: The White House Years (2087).
"I benefited greatly from the dedicated assistance of Jay Hakes, David Alsobrook, and, more recently, David Stanhope and his colleagues at the Carter Presidential Library, who helped find key memoranda to the president along with his contemporaneous notes and comments, plus a trove of valuable information in the Evening Reports sent each night to the president by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance or Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as well as the Weekly Reports to the president from his National Security Advizor Zbigniew Brzezinski."
Emery, Theo. Hellfire Boys: The birth of the U.s. Chemical Warfare Service and the race for the World's Deadliest Weapons (2017).
"While I've not quite gained senior status as a regular at the National Archives, I did receive a great deal of help from the diligent research assistance there, who guided me through the struggles of navigating century-old records."
"NARA historian and author Mitch Yockelson swooped in like an angel of history for a final, fine-tooth fact-check - an astonishing act of generosity for which I am humbly in his debt."
Engel, Jeffrey A. When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War (2017).
"Archivists are the unsung heroes of this story, in particular those at the George Bush Library in College Station, where Warren Finch and Robert Holzweiss have assembled an exemplary knowledgeable and friendly staff. They are uniformly excellent, energetic, and no doubt underpaid. Zachary Roberts has been my prime contact throughout the long declassification odyssey, one we were both surprised and dismayed to realize dated back more than a decade, and was thus the recipient of many late-night emails that began 'Do you know where...' He answered each with enthusiasm and patience. Thanks as well to the Bush library's team of declassification experts who assisted with this project in one form or fashion: Douglass Campbell, Buffie Hollis, Amber Macicek, McKenzie Morse, Kathy Olson, Rebecca Passmore, Christopher Pembleton, Ashley Seely, Elizabeth Staats, Simon Staats, Lisa Trampota, and Deborah Wheeler. Mary Finch and Cody McMillian made sure the photographs for the book were, as always, ideal."
Engle, Stephen D. Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors (2016).
"The following repositories also deserve special thanks for assisting me with this project:...National Archives and Records Administration - Trevor Plante."
Faulkner, Richard S. The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces (2012).
"This book also rests upon the hard work and assistance of numerous dedicated librarians, archivists, and researchers. The efforts, understanding, and kindness shown by Timothy Nenninger and Mitch Yockelson of the National Archives...were essential to the crafting of this work. Their commitments to helping this novice researcher navigate the records of the Great War have won my undying gratitude and admiration."
Fitzpatrick, David J. Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer (2017).
"The staffs of various manuscript libraries played important roles in the successful completion of this work. Tim Nenninger and Mike Pilgrim at the National Archives were invaluable in helping to sift through the volumes of relevant material located there."
Ford, Walter G. Reducing the Saint-Mihiel Salient, September 1918 (2018).
"Among the many on the author's list warranting special salutes...Mark C. Mollan, archivist, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC...."
Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2017).
"On repeat visits [to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library], I've grown to depend on the archival expertise of Matthew Schaefer, Spencer Howard, and Craig Wright. Photo archivist Lynn Smith kindly tracked down additional items, as did audiovisual specialist Jim Detlefsen....On several occasions, beginning in the 1990s, I benefited from discussions with Dwight M. Miller, now retired senior archivist, about the Library's acquisition of the Rose Wilder Lane Papers, and his pivotal early visit to Wilder's Rocky Ridge farmhouse."
Friedman, Norman. Fighters over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War (2016).
"The situation as to aircraft information has been transformed in the last few years as files have been opened at the National Archives center at College Park, Maryland (NARA II). For access to these files, I am grateful to the naval specialists at College Park, particularly Nate Patch, and also to the declassifiers there (including Kenneth A. Johnson, now retired) and to Stephanie Coon, the head of the Indexing Project (consolidating files already reviewed)."
Gallagher, Patrick. Traumatic Defeat: POWs, MIAs, and National Mythmaking (2018).
"I am exceptionally grateful for the assistance given by the staff at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Similarly, the staff at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library were very helpful - particularly Jason Schultz, who helped me coordinate my research at that facility."
Goldberg, Sheldon A. From Disarmament to Rearmament: The Reversal of US Policy toward West Germany, 1946–1955 (2017).
"Outside of the University of Maryland, where much of my research took place, my thanks go to the archivists of the Modern Military Records Branch, especially Mr. Richard Boylan, and the archivists of the Diplomatic Branch at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. All of them were instrumental in teaching me how to use the archive's resources to find those records upon which the majority of this work is based. "
"Further afield, I must thank Dr. Randy Sowell of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, who made my short stay very productive, and Dr. Christopher Abraham at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, who prepared my visit and made my research of pertinent records of the president and his advisors both easy and rewarding. Both of these gentlemen were also extremely helpful in answering questions and providing other information long after I departed."
Golway, Terry. Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Unlikely Alliance That Created the Modern Democratic Party (2018).
"The bulk of my research took place in one of my favorite places on earth, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. My thanks to the library's former deputy director, Bob Clark; archivists Kirsten Carter, Sarah Navins, and Virginia Lewick; archives technician Patrick Fahy; and public program specialist Cliff Laube."
Graff, Garrett M. Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die (2017).
"This research project took me to the majority of the country's presidential libraries, which together are an underused national treasure. The National Archives writ large and the presidential libraries in particular are a fount of knowledge of the twentieth century. In each of the libraries I visited - from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston to the Richard Nixon Library a continent away in Yorba Linda, I interacted with talented and knowledgeable staff. The archivists whom I had the chance to work with intimately knew their collections and pointed me to files that I never could have uncovered myself. In Abilene, at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, I'm grateful to Valoise Armstrong and Tim Rives, who also introduced me to some great fried chicken. In Austin, John Wilson navigated me through the archives of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, and then Lara Hall spent years following up on my declassification requests. In Simi Valley, Ray Wilson helped me track down some highly amusing records about Project Elf at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library."
Graham, Mary. President's Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power (2017).
"I am grateful to the many archivists at presidential libraries who helped answer research questions. They include Claudia Anderson, Sarah Cunningham, and Jennifer Cuddeback at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential library; Randy Sowell at the Harry S. Truman Library; Jeremy Schmidt and Elizabeth Druga at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library; Jon Fletcher at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library; Ira Pemstein at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; Keith Shuler at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library; Jason Kaplan at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library; and Brandon Zogg at the George W. Bush Presidential Library."
"Others who assisted with research questions included...Bruce Bustard and Abigail Myrick at the National Archives and Records Administration..."
Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2017).
"Several research institutions were critical to this project, and I am indebted to them and their staffs. Particularly, I want to thank David S. Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, as well as Greg Bognich, Jake Ersland, Christina Jones, Amy Reytar, Rodney Ross, Barbara Rust, and others at the National Archives..."
Green, Michael. By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (2017).
"I am also indebted to...Kelly Barton at the Ronald Reagan Library..."
Harden, Blaine. King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea (2017).
"A small legion of men and women at the National Archives and the Air Force Historical Research Agency spent many hours helping me find documents and photographs. In particular, at the archives in College Park I want to thank Eric van Slander, a reference archivist, and Timothy K. Nenninger, chief of the textual records reference branch. Both of them suggested new directions for research and provided contacts that me obtain Nichols's military service record from the National Archives in St. Louis. There, the chief of archival operations, William Siebert, personally located Nichols's service record and directed me to the air force officials who were authorized to release it."
Hasting, Nancy Vanada. A Tragedy of the Great War: The Story of Chester Schulz (2018).
"Eric Van Slander, Archivist, National Archives II for going above and beyond in helping with my research."
Hedren, Paul L. Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War (2016).
"Scott Forsythe of the National Archives-Great Lakes Region in Chicago suffered the longest: he was the first to support in a rather meaningful way my Powder River collecting by providing copies of courts-martial records, ACP files, and maps, no doubt believing that this was the project of the moment, not of two decades later. But here it is, Scott: thank you, and enjoy retirement."
Holloway, Anna Gibson and Jonathan W. White. Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018).
"Trevor Plante at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., always goes above the call of duty to facilitate my research."
Howell, Gerald Andrew (Jeffrey L. Patrick, ed.). Yesterday There Was Glory: With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I (2017).
"Thanks are also due to World War I historian Mitchell Yockelson, who offered valuable suggestions and directed me to the records of the 39th Infantry in the National Archives."
Hyslop, Stephen G. Atlas of World War II: History's Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography (2018).
"Tim Nenninger and Richard Peuser at the National Archives directed me to secret OSS maps from Burma."
Jennings, Audra. Out of the Horrors of War: Disability Politics in World War II America (2016).
"I have benefited greatly from the help and support of many amazing archivists and librarians. I would like to thank the archivists and staff of the Truman library, particularly Liz Safly, who is missed, for patiently answering my many questions, for their kindness and consideration, and for the support of my research. I am also grateful for the assistance of archivists at the Roosevelt Library and National Archives at College Park and in Washington, D.C."
Johnsen, William T. The Origins of the Grand Alliance: Anglo-American Military Collaboration from the Panay Incident to Pearl Harbor (2016).
"Wherever I carried out research, I received able assistance from archivists who guided me through their collections. I thank in particular...Charles Shaughnnessy of the Navy and Old Army Branch, National Archives..."
Jones, Howard. My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness (2017).
"For guiding me through the rich collections in the National Archives, I thank Richard Boylan, Marie Carpenti, Stanley Fanaras, and Martin Gedra....For locating files at the Nixon Library, I wish to express my appreciation to Gregory Cumming, Pam Eisenberg, Meghan Lee-Parker, and Ryan Pettigrew....And John Wilson, Vietnam archivist at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, brought the William Westmoreland Papers on My Lai to my attention."
Jones, Seth G. A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland (2018).
"At the Reagan Library, Ray Wilson helped steer me through the archives and suggested new avenues to look for information. He saved me from wasting countless hours."
Kang, S. Deborah. The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 (2017).
"This book is so much better thanks to the assistance and expertise of numerous archivists and librarians throughout the country. At the National Archives in Washington, DC, Suzanne Harris' efforts on my behalf were nothing short of Herculean."
Kaufman, Scott. Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford (2017).
"There are numerous people who made this book possible. First and foremost is the staff at the Gerald R. Ford Library, who went out of their way to assist me: research archivists Donna Lehman, Elizabeth Druga, Tim Holtz, Mark Fischer, and Hannah Brookhart; supervisory archivist Geir Gundersen; grants coordinator Jeremy Schmidt; and the library's director, Elaine Didier. I will forever appreciate their kindness, suggestions for places to see and eat in Ann Arbor, and all the amazing work they are doing to put numerous documents online."
Kehn, Donald M. In the Highest Degree Tragic: The Sacrifice of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the East Indies during World War II (2017).
"Quite a few colleagues and correspondents from a variety of institutions, associations, and websites likewise deserve special mention:...and Pat Osborn at NARA II all merit acknowledgement."
Kennedy, Kerry. Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope: Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Father's Impact on Their Lives (2018).
"Thank you to Laurie Austin at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library for helping me find photographs, track down photographers, and determine copyrights. Laurie is a dedicated public servant."
Kramm, Robert. Sanitized Sex: Regulating Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Intimacy in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952 (2017).
"At the archives I visited, I always received a warm welcome and I want to express my gratitude to all the archivists without whose assistance this book wouldn't have been possible. I especially want to thank Eric Vanslander at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, who showed much patience in navigating me through finding aids and piles and boxes of records. His vast knowledge enabled me to discover hidden treasures."
Lauterbach, Preston. Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers (2019).
"I obtained copies of the files released as a result of that settlement through the National Archives and Records Administration in the spring of 2017. I'm grateful to...archivist James Mathis for bringing these documents to light."
"In response to my FOIA request...the National Archives provided FBI case files on the 1966 James Meredith march and on the security investigation of Charles Cabbage; thanks to...Mary Kay Schmidt, Noah Shanklin, and Laurel Macondray."
Lee, Mordecai. Get Things Moving! FDR, Wayne Coy, and the Office for Emergency Management, 1941-1943 (2018).
"Months after getting back from my last research trip to DC, I stumbled across a 1973 book citing an interview Coy did in 1943 with the historian of the Foreign Economic Administration (something of a successor to Lend-Lease). The book's author had found it at the Washington National Records Center, the Archives' records management service for departments and agencies. I submitted an email inquiry to the National Archives asking if the document could be located. After searching, archivists Cate Brennan and David Langbart shared with me the definitive bad news that the hard copy had been destroyed with other agency records. The State Department might have it on microfilm, but most of its microfilms remained classified. It was possible, though not certain, that it might have been microfilmed as part of a different set. Typical of so many archivists I've worked with, they had a never-say-die attitude. Finally, Langbart found it on a different microfilm at the National Archives II site. Another obstacle: he said there was some administrative uncertainty about how to make a copy, including the need to formally declassify it. A few days later, he solved that. The quality was poor, he admitted, but beggars can't be choosy. I was thrilled to obtain it and appreciative of his extra effort. "
Lelyveld, Joseph. His Final battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt (2016).
"I'm indebted to members of the staff at the Roosevelt Library, especially Virginia Lewick for introducing me to FRANKLIN, a search engine that opens the digitized portion of the collection to online browsing. "
Lentis, Marinella. Colonized through Art: American Indian Schools and Art Education, 1889-1915 (2017).
"Research for this book could not have been completed without the invaluable knowledge and assistance of many archivists in private and public repositories across the country. I want to thank in particular Randy Thompson and Debra Schultz at the National Archives and Records Administration, Riverside, California...Dave Miller at the National Archives and Records Administration, Denver, Colorado...Ken House at the National Archives and Records Administration, Seattle, Washington...and everyone at the Still Pictures Division at the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland."
Levingston, Steven. Kennedy and king: The President, the pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights (2017).
"I'm grateful to others for their thoughts and assistance:...Abigail Malangone at the JFK Library..."
Longley, Kyle. LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval (2018).
"In particular, the amazing people at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library assisted me with gathering materials and have been advocates for this project, especially the outstanding archivists Allen Fisher and Brian McNerney. They spent countless hours helping me search for research materials and always updated me on potential finds. We enjoyed a number of wonderful meals together as they shared their expertise way beyond the normal hours of library operations. I also must acknowledge Margaret Harman, who helped me track down the photographs for the book. I am happy that my next book will also be on LBJ, which will allow me to continue to work with the best people in the business."
Maney, Patrick J. Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President (2016).
"Herbert Reagan at the Clinton Library in Little Rock was enormously helpful in the selection of photographs."
Mills, Bill. Treacherous Passage: Germany's Secret Plot against the United States in Mexico during World War I (2017).
"Archivist Jennifer Albin was extremely helpful in locating the complete court records of the Alexander Agassiz Prize Court Trial at the National Archives at Riverside, California."
Mundy, Liza. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (2017).
"Any number of archivists helped bring records to light. Among these are...Nathaniel Patch, archivist in the reference section at the National Archives II facility in College Park..."
Nichols, David A. Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy (2017).
"No serious scholar of the Eisenhower presidency can function without the assistance of the wonderful staff at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. Karl Weissenbach, the former director, and his successor, Tim Rives, have supported my research and promoted my Eisenhower books. Archivist Christopher Abraham was helpful in the early stages of my research. Retired long-time archivists David Haight and Jim Leyerzapf advised me. The research-friendly condition of the Eisenhower archives can be attributed, in no small part, to their decades of dedicated labor."
Perrusquia, Marc. A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement (2018).
"After settlement of our lawsuit, Martha Murphy and her staff at the National Archives and Records Administration were most professional in processing the large records release and in fielding my many questions."
Prados, John. The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA's Heart of Darkness (2017).
"At the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library I've not until now had the opportunity to specially acknowledge the late Ted Gittinger, or the recently retired Regina Greenwell. Lara Hall continues to handle my declassification requests there very ably. At the Harry S. Truman Library I am recently indebted to David Clark, Sam Rushay, Randy Sowell, Tammy Williams, Jim Armistead, Jan Davis, and Lisa Sullivan. At the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library my thanks go to Mary Burtzloff, Nicole Beck, Deanna Kolling, and Michelle Kopfer."
Priess, David. The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents, from Kennedy to Obama (2016).
"For their expert help, I acknowledge the undervalued employees of our presidential libraries, most of all Steve Plotkin and Stacey Chandler (Kennedy), Regina Greenwell (Johnson), Meghan Lee-Parker and Jon Fletcher (Nixon), Jeremy Schmidt (Ford), Keith Shuler and Polly Nodine (Carter), Ray Wilson and Michael Pinckney (Reagan), Bob Holzweiss and Mary Finch (George H.W. Bush), and Herbert Ragan (Clinton)."
Proctor, Pat. Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception that Plunged America into the Vietnam War (2016).
"I would also like to thank the many others who made this work possible. First, I would like to thank Margaret Harman and the entire audiovisual archival team at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for their help in making available hundreds of hours of rare television materials that were essential to the completion of this work."
Rauchway, Eric. Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash over the New Deal (2018).
"This book depended on the assistance of archivists, particularly those at...the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West branch, Iowa (where Matthew Schaefer was especially helpful), and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York."
Reel, Monte. Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash over the New Deal (2018).
"Of all the people that deserve thanks for helping me with this book, the librarians and archivists - the unsung heroes of narrative nonfiction - might as well come first. The staff at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Library of Congress were, without exception, welcoming and helpful. Archivist Valoise Armstrong at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, deserves to be singled out for her tireless patience and encouragement while guiding me through the protracted process of filing declassification requests for redacted and withheld materials. The staff at the National Archives Records Administration building in College Park , Maryland, helped me navigate their trove of declassified CIA documents, many of which were - mercifully - released online in early 2017."
Reynolds, Nicholas. Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway 's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (2017).
"The staff at the JFK Presidential Library, which houses the Ernest Hemingway Collection, has been uniformly helpful. On my first day there, Hannah German offered me a tour of the Hemingway Research Room (the place is set up like his living room in Cuba) and an associated display of memorabilia - starting off my research on just the right note. On subsequent visits staff members were good enough to listen to me expound on my ideas at a noontime talk, and to bring particular sources to my attention. Stephen Plotkin, Michael Desmond, Laurie Austin, Jessica Green, and Connor Anderson all made my work easier."
Rosenzweig, Laura B. Hollywood's Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles (2017).
"Thanks, too...to William Davis at the United States National Archives in Washington, DC, who cut through the complexities of the Dies Committee collection to locate the Los Angeles-related documents."
Russell, Jan Jarboe. The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp during World War II (2016).
"William Creech, archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC, was a patient tutor as I made my way through the boxes of Record Group 85 and gained access to the Special FBI files of key characters."
Rust, William J. Eisenhower and Cambodia: Diplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War (2016).
"I am especially thankful for the help provided by Stanley Fanaras and Jeffery Hartley at the National Archives; Mary Burtzloff, Chalsea Millner, and Kathy Struss at the Eisenhower Library; and and Stacey Chandler and Michael Desmond at the Kennedy Library."
Schlosser, Nicholas J. Hollywood's Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles (2017).
"First, I am indebted to the archivists who helped guide me through the vast collections of records and documents upon which this book is based: Amy Schmidt at the National Archives...."
Shapiro, Laura. What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their Stories (2017).
"Thanks as well to Virginia Lewick at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park...'"
Sherwood, John Darrell. War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965-1968 (2016).
"Federal historians, librarians, and archivists are a close-knit community always willing to help colleagues in other agencies. I am fortunate indeed to be a member of this fraternity. Nate patch, a military records specialist at the National Archives, helped me on numerous occasions to track down documents and photographs related to the project."
Shetterly, Margot. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016).
"My first thanks are to the historians and archivists who helped me reconstruct this story through its documents: to...Patrick Connelly at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Philadelphia, Meg Hacker at NARA Ft. Worth, Kimberly Gentile at the National Personnel Records Center, and Tab Lewis at NARA College Park."
Simon, James F. Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties (2018).
"At the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, the entire staff was courteous and helpful. The archivists served as both guides and experts on that superb collection. In particular, I would like to thank Kevin Bailey, Mary Burtzloff, and Kathy Struss for their advice and assistance."
Smith, Susan L. Toxic Exposures: Mustard Gas and the Health Consequences of World War II in the United States (2016).
"In addition, I want to acknowledge the assistance provided by archivists and librarians at the following locations: US National Archives in College Park, Maryland (Tab Lewis and Mitch Yockelson)..."
Stahl, Ronit Y. Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (2017).
"Many thanks as well to...the late Herb Pankratz at the Eisenhower Presidential Llibrary...Richard McCulley at the Legislative Archives of the National Archives...."
Stern, Scott W. The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades=Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women (2018).
"Then there were the zillions of people who assisted me in oh so many archives. I will acknowledge all that I can, but please forgive me and my abysmal memory for names:...Tab Lewis and James Kelling, among many others, at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland; Catherine Miller at the National Archives in Atlanta...."
Stoltzfus, Nathan. Hitler's Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany (2016).
"Thanks to the experts and archivists...William Cunliffe...who...found and made sources available."
Symonds, Craig L. World War II at Sea: A Global History (2018).
"Thanks also to...Holly Reed and Michael Bloomfield at the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Maryland."
Taylor, William A. Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars (2016).
"A grant from the Harry S. Truman Library Institute funded extensive research at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Michael Devine, Lisa A. Sullivan, and Samuel Rushay were tireless helpers. Randy Sowell and David Clark delivered invaluable aid by locating pertinent records there, while Janice Davis contributed high-quality photographs of key personalities involved in this story. A grant from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation sponsored productive research at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas. Meredith Sleichter administered the grant and supplied cheer during my visit. Kevin M. Bailey offered useful suggestions about relevant records at the library. A grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation underwrote wide-ranging research at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jeremy Schmidt coordinated the grant, greeted me at the library, and proved most attentive to my project. Stacy Davis delivered outstanding archival support and steered me through a plethora of primary source documents...A Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation backed extensive research at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas. Amy Barbee and Samantha Stone administered the grant, while Claudia Anderson and John Wilson provided exceptional support...At the National Archives and Records Administration, Paul Brown presented expert guidance through Record Group 220 and Record Group 330. He also deciphered the War Department decimal system as it related to U.S. military service...At the Richard M. Nixon Library, Dorissa Martinez afforded adept archival aid, specifically steering me through the massive subject files within the White House Central Files. She also explained the intricacies of the Nixon Administration White House Special Files and White House Central Files and the differences between executive and general classification. Finally, she called attention to useful material on Martin Anderson's pivotal role for the Nixon administration in the transition to the all-volunteer force (AVF). Jon Fletcher supplied high-resolution photos of significant personalities in the Nixon administration and furnished relevant captions for them."
Thompson, Jenny and Sherry Thompson. The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E. Thompson, America's Man in Cold War Moscow (2018).
"Last, but not least, we would like to show our appreciation for archivists at the various libraries, who were so helpful:...Mary Burtzloff, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library...Charlene Hester, Lyndon B. Johnson Library...David Langbart, National Archives, College Park... "
Twomey, Steve. Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack (2016).
"The National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland is huge (and beautiful), and many hands helped retrieve navy files and photographs, but my thanks go in particular to Holly Reed and Nathaniel Patch."
Updegrove, Mark K. The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush (2017).
"Our presidential libraries, under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration and the direction of archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, and director of presidential libraries, Susan Donius, are national treasures. The George Bush Presidential library and the George W. Bush Presidential Center are no exceptions. At the George Bush Presidential Library, my thanks to director Warren Finch, Mary Finch, Robert Holzweiss, and Cody McMillian; and at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the directors Alan Lowe and Pat Mordente, Brook Clement, Eric McCrory, and Emily Robison."
Usdin, Steven T. Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections between Espionage and Journalism in Washington (2018).
"I'd like to thank...and John Powers of the National Archives for their generous help."
Vincent, Lynn and Sara Vladic. Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man (2018).
"Giant bouquets of thanks to Nathaniel Patch and Lauren Theodore at the National Archives for SS Wild Hunter and USS Harris records. The Harris deck logs sent us down a storytelling path that had remained hidden for more than seventy years."
Vuic, Kara Dixon. The Girls next Door: bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines (2019).
"Research for this book took me to libraries across the country, where I benefited from the tireless help of archivists and historians who amazed me with their encyclopedic knowledge of their collections. Special thanks go to Richard Boylan, who, despite being retired, continued to assist me at the National Archives. Finding one's way through military and civilian records of several wars at the National Archives was a daunting task, but archivists Tab Lewis, Wil Mahoney, and Martin Gedra helped me find my way, even when the subject terms and decimal files did not easily answer my questions. Eric VanSlander did double duty by answering a number of questions and helping with image scans long after I'd left the archive."
Walker, J. Samuel. Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968 (2018).
"The staff at the National Archives is always a source of valuable information, and, with rare exceptions, offers friendly assistance. I am especially grateful to David Langbart for his sleuthing abilities and to Carly Docca for her rescue mission. Allen Fisher of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library shared his large supply of expertise to guide my research in the collections of the library."
Walker, William. Betrayal at Little Gibraltar: A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I (2016).
"I owe a vast debt to archivists and librarians:...Timothy Nenninger, Mitchell Yockelson and others at the US National Archives in College Park, Maryland...."
Waters, W. Davis and Joseph Brown. Gabriel Rains and the Confederate Torpedo Bureau (2017).
"We also thank the following individuals, without whose help much of this research, useful in our study, might have been missed:...Mike Musick, Reference Services Branch, National Archives and Records Administration...."
"Others who were helpful are...Elmer Parker, National Archives Military Service...."
Weinberger, Sharon. The Imagineers of War: The Untold History of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World (2017).
"This book was the first opportunity I had to work extensively with the incredible staff at the National Archives and Records Administration, including at the presidential libraries. Many staff there assisted me, but I am particularly grateful to David Fort, at the National Archives in College Park, for his help in processing my FOIA requests."
Whyte, Kenneth. Hoover: An extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times (2017).
"Spencer Howard, my main contact the library, and his colleague Matthew Schaefer, are incredibly knowledgeable and resourceful archivists. they steered me through their vast collections, introduced me to primary and secondary sources I might otherwise have missed, and answered innumerable questions about Hoover, Iowa, its corn, its weather, its politics, and its football. They are two of the most pleasant and interesting people I have ever met in the course of my book work. Spencer read this manuscript and saved me from at least a dozen embarrassing errors. Craig Wright, another archivist whom I came to know in my later visits to West Branch, also provided useful guidance."
"Thomas Schwartz, a historian and director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, took me to lunch at Reid's and generously shared his profound views on Hoover's life and work. He also read a draft of my manuscript, asked searching questions, and made many comments that were of benefit to the final product. I thank him with respect and admiration."
Wilkins, Warren K. Nine Days in May: The Battles of the 4th Infantry Division on the Cambodian Border, 1967 (2017).
"Similarly, Martin Gedra at the National Archives and Records Administration...dutifully retrieved essential documents."
Woolner, David B. The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace (2017).
"None of this would have been possible, of course, without the resources of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. It has been my privilege to work in close association with the FDR Library for the past two decades and I owe much to the entire staff, especially Supervisory Archivist Kirsten Carter and her colleagues Sarah Navins, Matt Hanson, and Virginia Lewick, for their help and especially their tolerance of my all-too-frequent habit of rushing into the reading room at the last minute to request assistance in finding a particular document. I would like to thank FDR Library director Paul Sparrow for his support and encouragement and extend my appreciation as well to the former director, Lynn Bassanese, for the steady leadership she provided the Library over the years, and to former Senior Archivist Robert Clark for his help and willingness to discuss the merits of this project when I first began."
Ziparo, Jessica. This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce in Civil War-Era Washington, D.C. (2017).
"A special thank you is owed to Rod Ross, the legislative archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., who went above and beyond in his assistance."