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The Washington Monument Collection and the Know-Nothing Party

Today’s post comes from John Lockwood, a long-time federal employee who has written numerous articles, many for the National Archives. I was recently downtown at the National Archives, looking for old records of the Know-Nothing Party, when they were in … Continue reading

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UFOs: Man-Made, Made Up, and Unknown

Today’s post comes from Joseph Gillette, an archivist on a cross-training assignment in the National Archives History Office. This is the last in a series concerning the Air Force’s Project Blue Book investigation. Part I addressed the challenges the National … Continue reading

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UFOs: Natural Explanations

Today’s post comes from Joseph Gillette, an archivist on a cross-training assignment in the National Archives History Office. This is the second in a series concerning the Air Force’s Project Blue Book investigation. From 1947 to 1970, the United States … Continue reading

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11 Bookmobiles that Make Archivists Want to Hit the Road

Librarians have different jobs than archivists. And the National Archives is not the Library of Congress (hi, neighbors!). But, librarians and archivists have a lot in common, and the Archivist of the United States had a long career as a … Continue reading

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Play Ball!

Opening day of baseball is upon us, and believe it or not, the National Archives is full of records related to America’s favorite pastime. For instance, within the Records of the United States Senate at the Center for Legislative Archives … Continue reading

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16 Times History Made Us Hungry For Pi Day

Happy Pi Day! Are you baking up a fresh dessert to celebrate? Get inspired by some historic pie deliciousness, fresh from our archives. 1 Everything about this photo is vintage #piegoals. The apron, the polka-dot potholders, that oven!

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LBJ and MLK

We are wrapping up our commemoration of Black History Month. Today’s post comes from Madie Ward in the National Archives History Office. The National Archives has countless items that highlight African Americans’ struggles for freedom and civil liberties. Included are … Continue reading

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Bienvenue à Port-au-Prince, Monsieur Douglass

Today’s post comes from John P. Blair with the National Archives History Office. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, arguably America’s most accomplished African American civil rights leader of the 19th century. As we … Continue reading

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The “Terr-A-Qua Globe”

On October 21, 1969, a large, illuminated, rotating globe was dedicated in the Exhibition Hall at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The globe was one of eight made by the Terr-A-Qua Globes & Maps Company of Santa Ana, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Clifford Berryman was one of the most widely acclaimed political cartoonists in the first half of the 20th century. For over 50 years, his cartoons appeared on the front page of Washington newspapers, first the Washington Post and later the … Continue reading

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