Ten Most Popular “Pieces of History” of 2018

It’s hard to believe 2018 is nearly over! This year we have brought you nearly 100 posts, and below are the most viewed of the year. We would like to give a big thank-you to the National Archives staff who work so hard to bring you information on what we do here at the National … Continue reading Ten Most Popular “Pieces of History” of 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Claus Were Not Communists

Today's post comes from Alan Walker, an archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Ha, you probably thought I was speaking of that jolly old elf and the missus. Nope. This story begins in 1936, soon after the publication of what would become a standard: Consumers Union Reports. It was the first publication devoted … Continue reading Mr. and Mrs. Claus Were Not Communists

Notorious RBG at the National Archives

This year we have Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s returning to the National Archives on December 14, 2018, for our annual Bill of Rights Day naturalization ceremony. Today's post comes from Danielle Sklarew in the National Archives History Office. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the National Archives on August 26, 1993—16 days after she … Continue reading Notorious RBG at the National Archives

My Fellow Americans: Bill of Rights Day at the National Archives

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, which commemorates the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. For more information on events and resources at the National Archives, visit our Bill of Rights Day website. "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity … Continue reading My Fellow Americans: Bill of Rights Day at the National Archives

Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855

Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, senior registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Office.   That the exclusive right of taking fish in the streams running through and bordering said reservation is hereby secured to said Indians; and at all other usual and accustomed stations, in common with citizens, of the United States, and of … Continue reading Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855

The Rubenstein Gallery: Five Years of Celebrating Citizens’ Rights

This month marks the five-year anniversary of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives. Today’s post come from Michael J. Hancock in the National Archives History Office. Magna Carta is the benchmark by which the principles of democracy are tested. Written more than 800 years ago, the document codified the fundamental truths that … Continue reading The Rubenstein Gallery: Five Years of Celebrating Citizens’ Rights

Facial Hair Friday: Santa Claus

Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver in the National Archives History Office. It’s the holiday season, and you are likely to see jolly old fat men with big fluffy white beards dressed in red suits. This iconic image of Santa Claus, a man who flies around the world in his sleigh pulled by magic reindeer … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Santa Claus

Remembering Pearl Harbor: the Ni’ihau Incident

This month marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Visit the National Archives News website to learn more about resources related to that infamous event. Today’s post comes from Michael J. Hancock in the National Archives History Office. When the Empire of Japan launched its attack on Pearl Harbor the morning of December … Continue reading Remembering Pearl Harbor: the Ni’ihau Incident

Two Generations of Flight and One Historic Mission

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. To commemorate the historic event, the National Archives is having a special document exhibit in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from November 29, 2018, through January 1, 2019. Today’s post comes from Michael Hancock in the National … Continue reading Two Generations of Flight and One Historic Mission

Quiet Revelations at Navajo Nation

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today's post comes from DongEun Kim, a conservator at the National Archives.  Just under two years ago, I joined the staff of the National Archives as a conservator to focus exclusively on records and documents. It was … Continue reading Quiet Revelations at Navajo Nation