Facial Hair Friday: Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads

Fifth Archivist of the United States James Berton “Bert” Rhoads (Archivist: 1968–1979) had many distinctions. He was the youngest person to become Archivist; he started the National Archives annual Fourth of July celebrations; and he presided over the Archives during the largest influx of genealogy researchers during the Roots era. He also sported a nice mustache. … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads

Facial Hair Friday: Percy Wyndham, Soldier Extraordinaire

Today’s post comes from Megan Huang, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Today's Facial Hair Friday is about a little-known Civil War Union officer, Col. Percy Wyndham, who has a perfectly pointed beard and mustache. An Englishman, Wyndham did not have the the usual path to participation in the American Civil War. Perhaps being … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Percy Wyndham, Soldier Extraordinaire

Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855

Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, senior registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Office.   That the exclusive right of taking fish in the streams running through and bordering said reservation is hereby secured to said Indians; and at all other usual and accustomed stations, in common with citizens, of the United States, and of … Continue reading Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855

The Power of American Indian Boarding School Records

November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit National Archives News for more information on related events and resources. Today’s post comes from Gwen Granados, Director of the National Archives at Riverside, California. Not only the voices of policy makers and administrators appear in the records of the National Archives, but also those of individual people … Continue reading The Power of American Indian Boarding School Records

From the Battlefield to the Oval Office: Presidents Who Were Veterans

Today’s blog post comes from Paige Weaver in the National Archives History Office. From George Washington to the present day, 44 different men have been elected President of the United States. The men who compose this exclusive list are diverse and unique in many ways, but 26 of them shared a significant common experience: service … Continue reading From the Battlefield to the Oval Office: Presidents Who Were Veterans

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 Nuclear Rocket to the Stars

Today's blog post in honor of NASA's 60th anniversary comes from Oliver Manning, an intern in the Office of Public Media and Communications. Join us on Twitter on October 1 for #ArchivesInSpace with @NASAHistory for more NASA history from our holdings.  The Saturn V rocket today is best known as the rocket that took Americans to … Continue reading A Nuclear Rocket to the Stars

America’s National Seashores

September 3 is Labor Day. Visit the National Archives website to learn more about records related to the holiday. This post comes from Danielle Sklarew, an intern in the National Archives History Office. This Labor Day, whether you’re in Massachusetts, down south in Florida, or along the west coast of California, you can visit one … Continue reading America’s National Seashores