Historic Staff Spotlight: Dorothy Hill Gersack

We are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout history. Today’s staff spotlight is Dorothy Hill Gersack, who worked for the National Archives from 1936 until her retirement in 1975. Born in Livingston, Illinois, on October 24, 1910, Dorothy Jeanne Hill earned a BS and MS in … Continue reading Historic Staff Spotlight: Dorothy Hill Gersack

Top Ten of 2022

As we say goodbye to 2022, we’re taking a look at the most popular posts of the year. We would like to thank the National Archives staff who have worked so hard this past year to Make Access Happen through their numerous contributions.  10. In 10th place comes a post for Constitution Day—Drafting the U.S. … Continue reading Top Ten of 2022

Historic Staff Spotlight: Mildred B. Berry

We are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout its history. Today’s Historic Staff Spotlight features Mildred B. Berry, who worked at the Federal Register where she oversaw two major publications: the U.S. Government Manual and the Public Papers of the Presidents.  Mildred Van Valkenburgh Bunch was born … Continue reading Historic Staff Spotlight: Mildred B. Berry

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

Facial Hair Friday: Thad Page, First Administrative Secretary for the National Archives

To celebrate American Archives Month, today's Facial Hair Friday looks at the National Archives' first Administrative Secretary: Thad Page. Thad Page, 9/1/1951. (National Archives Identifier 12167532) Thaddeus “Thad” Shaw Page was born in 1890 in Aberdeen, NC, to a prominent North Carolina family. After attending the University of North Carolina, Page served as secretary to … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Thad Page, First Administrative Secretary for the National Archives

Historic Staff Spotlight: Blanca Tomé

We are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout its history. Today’s staff spotlight is Blanca Tomé, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in her 50s and became an expert bookbinder at the National Archives.  Blanca Tomé (née Biosca) was born on June 24, 1907, … Continue reading Historic Staff Spotlight: Blanca Tomé

Drafting the U.S. Constitution

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The National Archives is the home to the original, engrossed Constitution of the United States, which is displayed in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. But that isn’t the only version of the … Continue reading Drafting the U.S. Constitution

Historic Staff Spotlight: Fran Brooks

We are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout history. Today’s staff spotlight is on Fran Brooks, who had an incredible 50-year career in the federal government, with the vast majority of it at the National Archives. Frances “Fran” Edmonia Brooks (née Woods) was born on October … Continue reading Historic Staff Spotlight: Fran Brooks

Historical Staff Spotlight: Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston

We are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout history. Today we’re featuring Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston, who became famous for uncovering the backdated deed for Nixon’s pre-Presidential materials donation.  Mary Walton McCandlish was born in 1914 in Fairfax, Virginia. She attended high school at the National … Continue reading Historical Staff Spotlight: Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston