From Armistice to Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day. Visit the National Archives website to learn more about our resources and events related to holiday, and visit our exhibit, “Remembering Vietnam,” which runs in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery at the National Archives Building until January 6, 2019. Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver, an intern in the National Archives … Continue reading From Armistice to Veterans Day

The 1918 Boston Red Sox and World War I

Today’s post comes from Daniel J. Fleming, an archives technician at the National Archives at Boston. The successful postseason run of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox provides a timely opportunity to revisit the franchise's championship team from 100 years ago. As America entered World War I and many of Boston’s ballplayers joined … Continue reading The 1918 Boston Red Sox and World War I

Wear a Mask and Save Your Life: the 1918 Flu Pandemic

This year marks the centenary of the worst pandemic in human history, the 1918 influenza. Today’s post comes from Megan Huang in the National Archives History Office. The 1918 influenza pandemic was a pandemic in the truest sense possible, affecting not just major population centers but also the most remote communities in the Pacific Islands … Continue reading Wear a Mask and Save Your Life: the 1918 Flu Pandemic

“It is Now or Never”: Final Victory in the Great War

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. To commemorate the historic battle, the National Archives is having a special document exhibit in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from September 21 through October 31, 2018. Today’s post comes from Mike Hancock in the National Archives History … Continue reading “It is Now or Never”: Final Victory in the Great War

Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons

Today’s post comes from Garet Anderson-Lind from the National Archives History Office. World War I was one of the first great wars during the industrial revolution. From the introduction of airplanes to the use of tanks and railway guns on the battlefield, soldiers had to contend not only with each other but with the productions … Continue reading Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons

The First to Fight: The 11th Engineers in the Battle of Cambrai

Today’s post comes from Austin McManus with the National Archives History Office. The United States, following the tradition of neutrality established by President George Washington and maintained over the decades, remained uninvolved as Europe became embroiled in World War I in 1914. American public attitude toward neutrality began to change after Germany’s policy of unrestricted … Continue reading The First to Fight: The 11th Engineers in the Battle of Cambrai

Vietnam and the Women Who Served

In honor of Veterans Day, today’s post comes from Bailey Martin, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Visit our website for more information on our resources related to veterans. As we open the new Vietnam exhibit at the National Archives, we also mark the anniversary of important milestones for women in the U.S. … Continue reading Vietnam and the Women Who Served

Beyond the Hindenburg: Airships Throughout History

October is American Archives Month! We’re celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts highlighting our “Archives Across America.” Today’s post comes from Alex Champion, archivist at the National Archives in College Park, MD. The dramatic, fiery fate of the German rigid airship LZ-129, the Hindenburg, in … Continue reading Beyond the Hindenburg: Airships Throughout History

New in our Catalog: Famous Faces in the Military

Today's post comes from Marie Taylor, Preservation Technician with Preservation Programs at the National Archives. Have you ever wondered what Elvis did during his time in the military? How about Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis Jr., or even legendary boxer Joe Louis? Many people forget or simply don’t know that these famous individuals served in our … Continue reading New in our Catalog: Famous Faces in the Military

World War I: Now in HD

Today’s post comes from Sonia Kahn in the National Archives History Office. Visit the National Archives website for a full list of events and activities related to the 100th anniversary of World War I.  It is almost eerie to watch the silent black-and-white footage, panning over the rubble remaining from small villages of France and Belgium, … Continue reading World War I: Now in HD