“Forgotten Soldier” at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The exhibition Forgotten Soldier at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Virginia features the "Inspection Roll of Negroes" from the holdings of the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Jim Zeender, senior registrar in the National Archives Exhibits Office. "Forgotten Soldier" exhibit at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown … Continue reading “Forgotten Soldier” at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

A Declaration for the Rights of Women

Today’s post comes from Ashley Dorf, an intern in the Office of Public and Media Communication. You just spent July 4 celebrating the Declaration of Independence, but have you heard of the Declaration of Sentiments?  The Declaration of Sentiments was written at the first women’s rights convention in American history at Seneca Falls, New York, … Continue reading A Declaration for the Rights of Women

Caribbean American Heritage Month: Marcus Garvey

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month. Visit the National Archives website for more information on related holdings. Today’s post comes from Vincent Bartholomew from the National Archives History Office. Marcus Garvey envisioned a Pan-African and Black Nationalist movement and used the Black Star Line, a shipping corporation, to unite Africans in the U.S. and the … Continue reading Caribbean American Heritage Month: Marcus Garvey

Designing a 21st-Century National Archives: International Archives Week 2019

Today's post comes from Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison at the National Archives. This week is International Archives Week, time set aside by the International Council on Archives (ICA) to celebrate the founding of ICA in 1948. It provides a single time when all archives around the world can call attention to the value of … Continue reading Designing a 21st-Century National Archives: International Archives Week 2019

The 19th Amendment at 100: Sharing the Story

This story is cross-posted on the websites of the Library of Congress, National Archives, and Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative. On June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress passed a federal woman suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. It was a thrilling moment for the movement to win the women's vote and the culmination of … Continue reading The 19th Amendment at 100: Sharing the Story

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