The Iran Hostage Crisis

Today’s post comes from Michael J. Hancock, archives specialist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.  The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library has published a new online exhibit, The Iran Hostage Crisis, and an A.P. US History Lesson Plan in support of National Archives civics programming. Through the lens of primary sources, images, and the … Continue reading The Iran Hostage Crisis

Terror on the Osage Reservation

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The discovery of oil has changed the financial prospects for many people over the years. Wildcatters, drillers, and oil executives … Continue reading Terror on the Osage Reservation

Carlisle Indian School’s World War I Soldiers

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related resources. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Founded in 1879, the United States Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (generally called the Carlisle Indian School) was a federally funded boarding … Continue reading Carlisle Indian School’s World War I Soldiers

World War II Internees and POWs in Switzerland

November 11 is Veterans Day, honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Today’s posts come from Jennifer Halpern, an archives specialist in the National Declassification Center (NDC).  PAIR (Pre-ADRRES [Archival Declassification Review & Redaction System] Indexing Review) is one of the tracks the National Declassification Center (NDC) employs to review classified records … Continue reading World War II Internees and POWs in Switzerland

Facial Hair Friday: John McAllister Schofield

In honor of Veterans Day, today's Facial Hair Friday looks at a bearded veteran of the U.S. Civil War who first suggested the United States take control of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. John McAllister Schofield was a lieutenant general during the U.S. Civil War who led his troops during such battles as Franklin and Nashville. After … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: John McAllister Schofield

Holding It Together: From Pins to Paper Clips

We're wrapping up our celebration of American Archives Month's look at some of the many fasteners and seals found in records at the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. A century after the silk ribbon and sealing wax of the Continental Congress, clerks … Continue reading Holding It Together: From Pins to Paper Clips

Holding It Together: From Red Tape to Grommets

In celebration of American Archives Month we’re looking at some of the many fasteners and seals found in records at the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Early 19th-century government clerks relied on ribbon, pins, thread, sealing wax, and wafers to hold their … Continue reading Holding It Together: From Red Tape to Grommets

Holding It Together: Before Passwords—Ribbons and Seals for Document Security

In celebration of American Archives Month we’re looking at some of the many fasteners and seals found in records at the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. In the centuries before the self-inking notary public's stamp, U.S. government clerks and secretaries used brightly-colored … Continue reading Holding It Together: Before Passwords—Ribbons and Seals for Document Security

Holding It Together: Ribbons in NARA’s Records

In celebration of American Archives Month we’re looking at some of the many fasteners and seals found in records at the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Rachel Bartgis, conservator technician at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Even in the decades when the oldest records in the National Archives were being created, government … Continue reading Holding It Together: Ribbons in NARA’s Records

Covered Bridges in Frederick County

Today's post comes from Joshua Cain, an archives technician at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Fall is a perfect time for a countryside drive as the changing leaves make for beautiful scenery. To enhance that experience, try taking a drive through a covered bridge. There are several covered bridges on the National Register … Continue reading Covered Bridges in Frederick County