The Rubenstein Gallery: Five Years of Celebrating Citizens’ Rights

This month marks the five-year anniversary of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives. Today’s post come from Michael J. Hancock in the National Archives History Office. Magna Carta is the benchmark by which the principles of democracy are tested. Written more than 800 years ago, the document codified the fundamental truths that … Continue reading The Rubenstein Gallery: Five Years of Celebrating Citizens’ Rights

“Observations” of Native American Records at the National Archives

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. In 1972 the National Archives held a conference on the history of the Federal Government’s relationship with Native Americans. The Archives held—and still holds—a vast amount of material documenting Native Americans, so it was only natural to … Continue reading “Observations” of Native American Records at the National Archives

Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Archives | Mes de la Herencia Hispana en los Archivos Nacionales

Today’s post comes from Anayeli Nunez at the National Archives and is available in both English and Spanish. Each year the National Archives coordinates a number of public events—film screenings, guest speakers, and even musical performances—in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. These events all highlight the history and culture of Hispanic individuals and their tremendous contributions … Continue reading Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Archives | Mes de la Herencia Hispana en los Archivos Nacionales

New Online Exhibit: The “Old Navy” Prints and Watercolors

Today’s post comes from Megan Huang from the National Archives History Office. Besides his role as President during two of the greatest crises in American history, Franklin D. Roosevelt is also famous for having been a collector. Well-known as a collector of stamps, Roosevelt also carefully accumulated a vast amount of paraphernalia relating to the … Continue reading New Online Exhibit: The “Old Navy” Prints and Watercolors

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

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

The National Archives’ larger-than-life statues

Do you want to learn more about the history and architecture of National Archives Building in Washington, DC? Join us online Thursday, May 24, 2018, at noon for a Facebook Live tour of the building’s exterior. For more information, follow us on Facebook! On each side of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC (on … Continue reading The National Archives’ larger-than-life statues

National Archives-Thai Friendship

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Visit the National Archives website for more information and related resources. In March 2018, a new exhibit opened in Bangkok, Thailand, featuring more than 40 records and gifts from the National Archives. “Great and Good Friends: 200 Years of U.S.-Thai Friendship” runs from March 21 through June 30, … Continue reading National Archives-Thai Friendship