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

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

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

Happy National Dog Day!

Today's blog post comes to us from Brooke Engerman, summer intern at the Office of Public and Media Communications. August 26 is National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite pictures of Presidential pooches from the holdings of our Presidential Libraries. Meet Buddy, President Clinton’s chocolate lab. This is Buddy’s official presidential portrait. Talk … Continue reading Happy National Dog Day!