Archives II turns 30

Thirty years ago on May 12, 1994, the National Archives at College Park, MD, popularly known as "Archives II," was dedicated. The 1.8-million-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, located just outside of Washington, DC, provides much-needed space for historically significant holdings of the National Archives.   The National Archives at College Park, MD. (NARA photo by Jeff Reed) When … Continue reading Archives II turns 30

#ArchivesGames: Bowling and the National Archives

On May 3, 2024, we’re having another #ArchivesHashtagParty with this month’s focus on #ArchivesGames. Today we’re rolling in with a post on bowling and the National Archives that we hope is right up your alley. So we don't cross the line, we promise to spare you of any more bowling puns! National Archives employee organizations … Continue reading #ArchivesGames: Bowling and the National Archives

Babe Ruth Day

April 27 is National Babe Ruth Day, when baseball fans worldwide celebrate baseball's all-time greatest player. It originated on April 27, 1947, when the new Commissioner of Baseball Albert "Happy" Chandler proclaimed it, and a major celebration of Ruth’s career was held at Yankee Stadium. Today’s post comes from Thomas Richardson, an expert archives technician … Continue reading Babe Ruth Day

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

April 20 to April 28 is National Park Week, and on April 20, 2024, the National Park Service is waiving park entrance fees to kick off the celebration. Today we’re looking at the northernmost national park in the United States—the Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve in Alaska.  Established in 1980, Gates of the … Continue reading Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

The Inventors Behind America’s Favorite Pastime

Today’s post comes from Saba Samy, an intern at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson made his debut in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. That year, Robinson also won the Rookie of the Year Award, making his entrance into the major league unforgettable as the … Continue reading The Inventors Behind America’s Favorite Pastime

Total Eclipse of the Sun

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Today’s post, an update of Riley Lindheimer's 2017 piece, looks a solar eclipses past and present. Visit the National Archives website for more information. On April 8, 2024, the continental United States will experience … Continue reading Total Eclipse of the Sun

The Federal Women’s Program

March is Women’s History Month. Visit the National Archives website for resources and virtual events related to women’s history. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, Title VII prohibited discrimination by certain employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. State and local governments, however, were exempt.  The Civil Rights Act of … Continue reading The Federal Women’s Program

Russell Lee’s Coal Survey Exhibit

On Saturday a new exhibit opened in the National Archives Building, Power & Light: Russell Lee's Coal Survey. It will run in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery until July 6, 2025. This exhibit features more than 200 of Russell Lee’s photographs of coal miners and their families.  Russell Lee, 1935. (Photo courtesy of the Library … Continue reading Russell Lee’s Coal Survey Exhibit

Historic Staff Spotlight: Faye Geeslin

It’s Women’s History Month, and we are taking a look at past staff and their many contributions to the National Archives throughout history. Today’s staff spotlight is on Faye Geeslin, who served as the administrative assistant for three Archivists of the United States.  Faye Geeslin (née Faye Killingsworth) was born on October 24, 1912, in … Continue reading Historic Staff Spotlight: Faye Geeslin

WAVES: It’s a Woman’s War Too!

Today’s post, from Alyssa Moore in the National Archives History Office, is in honor of Women's History Month and looks at the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service program, or WAVES, during World War II. Advertisement poster to join the WAVES. (National Archives Identifier 514649) Less than one year after the United States entered World … Continue reading WAVES: It’s a Woman’s War Too!