Hurricane Katrina: Natural Disaster and Man-Made Urban Policies

Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. While natural disaster is something that cannot be predicted, it is something that can be prepared for. Many cities are planned and built with natural disaster consequences in mind. However, the history of New Orleans shows that while these ideas may have been … Continue reading Hurricane Katrina: Natural Disaster and Man-Made Urban Policies

NARA Screams for Ice Cream! National Ice Cream Month

Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an expert archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri.  Good Humor banner. (National Archives Identifier 5916724) There’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of ice cream, especially with these hot summer days. We hear the ice cream truck rolling through the neighborhood, parents … Continue reading NARA Screams for Ice Cream! National Ice Cream Month

International Archives Week 2022: Archives Are You

Today’s post comes from Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison at the National Archives.  The International Council on Archives (ICA) and the global archives community are celebrating International Archives Week from June 6 to June 10, 2022. The week commemorates the founding of the ICA and gives archivists a time to call greater attention to the … Continue reading International Archives Week 2022: Archives Are You

Check Your List Twice for #ArchivesGIFgiving

Just like eggnog, #ArchivesGIFgiving comes but once a year. On Friday, December 10, you’re invited to the second Archives Hashtag Party GIF exchange! In the spirit of the season, we’ll be “giving” GIFs to other cultural institutions. We hope you’ll share a GIF from your holdings, tag a fellow organization with a GIF they’ll love, or … Continue reading Check Your List Twice for #ArchivesGIFgiving

Covered Bridges in Frederick County

Today's post comes from Joshua Cain, an archives technician at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Fall is a perfect time for a countryside drive as the changing leaves make for beautiful scenery. To enhance that experience, try taking a drive through a covered bridge. There are several covered bridges on the National Register … Continue reading Covered Bridges in Frederick County

Madam C. J. Walker’s Rags-to-Riches Story Found in the Holdings of the National Archives

Today’s post comes from Missy McNatt, Education Specialist at the National Archives in Washington, DC.   I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from there to the washtub. Then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair … Continue reading Madam C. J. Walker’s Rags-to-Riches Story Found in the Holdings of the National Archives

International Archives Week: Accountability, Collaboration, and Diversity #EmpoweringArchives

Today's post comes from Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison at the National Archives. The International Council on Archives (ICA) and the entire worldwide community of archivists celebrate International Archives Week from June 7 through June 11. The ICA is fostering a series of discussions this week on the theme #EmpoweringArchives. The goal is to focus … Continue reading International Archives Week: Accountability, Collaboration, and Diversity #EmpoweringArchives

Poets for Every Age: American Poets and Writers

April is National Poetry Month, which celebrates the importance of poets and poetry. Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an archives technician at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The United States has a rich literary history with some of the most prolific poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. Their writings … Continue reading Poets for Every Age: American Poets and Writers

Russian Wild Boars at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Today’s post comes from Patrick Connelly, supervisory archivist at the National Archives at Philadelphia. The National Park Service (NPS) is well known for its robust efforts in the area of environmental and wildlife management. In 1959, the two clashed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing park officials to delicately weigh their solution. Great Smoky … Continue reading Russian Wild Boars at Great Smoky Mountains National Park