Citizen Archivists and the bearded miner


Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty.

There was heated debate in the press room today as we struggled to marry our dedication to Facial Hair Friday and our latest “Inside the Vaults” video. Fortunately for us, Jon White, one of the film’s featured Citizen-Archivists, just did a great cartoon on the statehood of California, bearded gold-rusher and all. Problem solved.

The National Archives’ sixth “Inside the Vaults” video short features Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero discussing contributions of the public to the National Archives. Researcher Jonathan Webb Deiss talks about his discovery of a Revolutionary War diary in Senate records. Educational cartoonist Jon White discusses his use of cartoons as a means to get children excited about history on his website Today’s Document.

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One Response to Citizen Archivists and the bearded miner

  1. Rebecca Warlow (NARA staff) says:

    Researchers and citizen archivists interested in sharing their research or their research tips are invited to join Our Archives, NARA’s researcher wiki featured in the video. Go to Our Archives at


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