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

Promoting Our Documentary Heritage: The NHPRC

Today’s blog post comes from Paige Weaver, an intern in the History Office of the National Archives. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), part of the National Archives and Records Administration, recently awarded 31 grants totaling more than $4 million for projects in 15 states. Fourteen of those projects seek to provide public … Continue reading Promoting Our Documentary Heritage: The NHPRC

#Archives80s: DC in the 80s

On August 8, 2018, the numbers will align for a totally epic 80s-themed #ArchivesHashtagParty! We'll be celebrating all things 80s—the 1780s, 1880s, and 1980s—that is! We’ll be using the hashtag #Archives80s on Twitter and Instagram to feature highlights from the National Archives from the 1780s, the 1880s, and the 1980s. Join the party and share some of … Continue reading #Archives80s: DC in the 80s

“You Can’t Dig Coal With Bayonets”

Today’s post comes from Michael Hancock, a research and writing intern at the National Archives at Philadelphia. Part of the legacy of World War II is rallying cries and imagery associated with “loose lips sink ships” and “we can do it.” On the home front, coal miners coined their own slogan when the government threatened … Continue reading “You Can’t Dig Coal With Bayonets”

Facial Hair Friday: Uncle Sam, the Bearded Man

Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver and Danielle Sklarew, summer interns in the National Archives History Office. One hundred years after the production of this poster, everyone’s favorite uncle, Uncle Sam, turned 242 years old this July 4. Sporting an outfit adorned with stars and stripes, he runs toward battle, undeterred by the red, white, … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Uncle Sam, the Bearded Man

Dunlap’s Declaration of Independence

Today’s post comes from Megan Huang, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Visit our July 4th web page to learn more about the Declaration and our celebration of it at the National Archives.  Before people came to see the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, the Declaration came to the people, only … Continue reading Dunlap’s Declaration of Independence

The National Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian: A Partnership

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Museum of the American Indian have been working together for many years. Over that time, we have built a strong partnership, evidenced in our programming on the National Mall in Washington, DC, at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, and online. … Continue reading The National Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian: A Partnership