America’s National Seashores

September 3 is Labor Day. Visit the National Archives website to learn more about records related to the holiday. This post comes from Danielle Sklarew, an intern in the National Archives History Office. This Labor Day, whether you’re in Massachusetts, down south in Florida, or along the west coast of California, you can visit one … Continue reading America’s National Seashores

Happy National Dog Day!

Today's blog post comes to us from Brooke Engerman, summer intern at the Office of Public and Media Communications. August 26 is National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite pictures of Presidential pooches from the holdings of our Presidential Libraries. Meet Buddy, President Clinton’s chocolate lab. This is Buddy’s official presidential portrait. Talk … Continue reading Happy National Dog Day!

The Navajo Treaty of 1868: A Personal Story

Today's post comes from C.P. Weaver, a descendant of Indian Peace Commissioner Samuel F. Tappan. She found an original copy of the 1868 Navajo Treaty in her family home.  On June 1, 1868, Indian Peace Commissioners Gen. William T. Sherman and Samuel F. Tappan signed a treaty with the Navajo Nation at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. … Continue reading The Navajo Treaty of 1868: A Personal Story

First Woman on the Court: Sandra Day O’Connor

On August 19, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Today’s post comes from Danielle Sklarew, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Four. Roughly 3.5%. That is how many women have served on the United States Supreme Court since its inception … Continue reading First Woman on the Court: Sandra Day O’Connor

The origins of the Society of American Archivists

As the Society for American Archivists (SAA) meets for the 82nd annual meeting here in Washington, DC, we’re taking a look back at the origins of the organization. SAA was founded just two years after Congress created the National Archives and came to be, in part, because the efforts of National Archives staff. The nation's … Continue reading The origins of the Society of American Archivists

The “Legal and Administrative Difficulties” of the Watergate Files

Today’s post traces the legal and administrative challenges the National Archives faced when presented with the transfer of the papers of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. It's from Joseph Gillette, an archivist on cross-training with the National Archives History Office.  Four and a half years after the Watergate break-in—and years of investigation, scandal, legal activity, … Continue reading The “Legal and Administrative Difficulties” of the Watergate Files

Facial Hair Friday: Walt Disney, Presidential Aficionado

Today’s Facial Hair Friday post comes from Danielle Sklarew, an intern from the National Archives History Office. He built a media empire. His name is internationally known. His company’s products are loved. He almost always kept a mustache on his face. His name is Walter Disney, but you probably known him better as Walt. Born … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Walt Disney, Presidential Aficionado

The Navajo Treaty Travels to the Navajo Nation

Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, senior registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Office. On a cool Sunday morning under a cloudless blue sky, I was standing on the loading dock at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. I was there with the museum director, Manuelito (Manny) Wheeler, and Navajo Chief Ranger Stan … Continue reading The Navajo Treaty Travels to the Navajo Nation