Facial Hair Friday: Fidel Castro

Famous for his long and bushy beard he grew during his time as a guerrilla rebel fighter, Fidel Castro’s beard became a badge of honor and later a symbol of the triumph of the revolution. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and Cuban Prime Minister … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Fidel Castro

The Last Attempt: The Indian Peace Commission of 1867-1868

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. In 1867, after the Civil War and amid a surge in western expansion, railroad development and White western settlement became a top government priority. Native … Continue reading The Last Attempt: The Indian Peace Commission of 1867-1868

Geronimo, Apache Chief

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. Entering a library or a bookstore, one might see the autobiography Geronimo: His Own Story sitting on the shelves. At the end of his days, … Continue reading Geronimo, Apache Chief

Teamwork On and Off the Field: 1994 FIFA World Cup

Enjoy this year’s FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18, 2022, hosted by Qatar, and in just four years, watch out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup tickets for matches in 11 U.S. cities. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. On June 16, 2022, the Fédération Internationale … Continue reading Teamwork On and Off the Field: 1994 FIFA World Cup

Navajo Code Talker: Adolph Nagurski

November 11 is Veterans Day. Visit the National Archives website for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an expert archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. The Navajo code talkers were pivotal U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater of World War II, … Continue reading Navajo Code Talker: Adolph Nagurski

Native American Heritage Month: N. Scott Momaday

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. In July 2003, Jackie Autry, wife of Gene Autry, wrote a letter to President George W. Bush. This letter was an invitation to the annual Autry Museum Gala, an … Continue reading Native American Heritage Month: N. Scott Momaday

Private Charles Samuel Addams: Creator of the Addams Family

Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an expert archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s creepy and he’s cooky, mysterious and spooky, he’s altogether ooky, he’s Charles Samuel Addams. Charles Addams for Look magazine, 1952. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress) A noted cartoonist and artist whose … Continue reading Private Charles Samuel Addams: Creator of the Addams Family

Siblings, But Not Twins: Researching at the National Archives and the Library of Congress

We're wrapping up American Archives Month. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. Say you want to explore the history of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase using primary sources. Where do you go? Well, you could start by exploring the National Archives Catalog or the Library of Congress Catalog. Both of … Continue reading Siblings, But Not Twins: Researching at the National Archives and the Library of Congress

The National Archives Council

October is American Archives Month, and we’re looking at moments in National Archives history that shed light on the importance of archives. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. Before 1934 and the creation of the National Archives, the U.S. Government lacked an adequate way to store all the records … Continue reading The National Archives Council

A Matter of National Security: The Role of the National Archives in Protecting Citizens

October is American Archives Month, and we’re looking at moments in National Archives history that shed light on the importance of archives. Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. On May 21, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the National Archives Building to an audience of members of … Continue reading A Matter of National Security: The Role of the National Archives in Protecting Citizens