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

Holding It Together: A Seal—Or Not?

Long before Scotch tape and lamination impeded the efforts of archivists and researchers to access unique information in a document, a whole world of fasteners existed to help hold documents together. In celebration of American Archives Month, we’re hosting a series of posts on the history of the various fasteners and seals found in records … Continue reading Holding It Together: A Seal—Or Not?

Victory at Home and Abroad: Combating Segregation in the Armed Forces

February is Black History Month. Visit our website for information on related resources and virtual events. Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. The valiant effort of those who fought and sacrificed themselves in the line of duty during World War II is … Continue reading Victory at Home and Abroad: Combating Segregation in the Armed Forces

American Archives Month 2018: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at an archive?

October is American American Archives Month. Rebecca Grandahl, intern in the Office of Public and Media Communications, will be highlighting the work of our staff throughout the month. As children, many people dream of what they'll be when they grow up: an astronaut, a veterinarian, a school teacher, or a world-famous singer. But did you … Continue reading American Archives Month 2018: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at an archive?

American Archives Month 2018: What’s your favorite tool?

October is American American Archives Month. Rebecca Grandahl, intern in the Office of Public and Media Communications, will be highlighting the work of our staff throughout the month. For today's post, we asked our staff: What's your favorite tool? There are, perhaps, no tools quite like the ones found at the Motion Pictures Preservation Lab … Continue reading American Archives Month 2018: What’s your favorite tool?

American Archives Month 2018: What made you want to work at an archives?

October is American American Archives Month. Rebecca Grandahl, intern in the Office of Public and Media Communications, will be highlighting the work of our staff throughout the month. For today's post, we asked our staff: What made you want to work at an archives? “The mystic chords of memory, stretch… from every… living heart and … Continue reading American Archives Month 2018: What made you want to work at an archives?

“A Real Injustice Was Done to These Two Old Scouts”: The VA Claim File of an Indian Scout

We're wrapping up our month-long celebration of the work of archivists and the importance of archives for American Archives Month. Today’s post comes from Tavis Anderson, an archivist at the National Archives at St. Louis. In the holdings of the National Archives at St. Louis sits a Deceased Veterans Claim File for a veteran named Kayitah, also known … Continue reading “A Real Injustice Was Done to These Two Old Scouts”: The VA Claim File of an Indian Scout