Discovering “Origin Stories” of the National Archives

Today's post comes from Alan Walker, an archivist in the Textual Processing unit in the National Archives at College Park, MD. In celebration of American Archives Month, Alan gave a talk on interesting finds in the Records of the National Archives. You can view Alan's talk on the National Archives YouTube Channel.  What’s so great … Continue reading Discovering “Origin Stories” of the National Archives

The National Archives at New York

We are wrapping up our month-long celebration of American Archives Month with a post about the National Archives at New York City. In 1950 the National Archives and Records Service (NARS), which was then part of General Services Administration (GSA), began a pilot Federal Records Center project. The original objective of the Federal Records Center … Continue reading The National Archives at New York

Making Room for Records

Continuing our celebration of American Archives month, today’s post comes from Christina James, intern in the National Archives History Office. Since it opened and began accepting records in 1935, the National Archives has had to face the issue of space. Housing the records of the Federal Government is no small task, even when only 1-3 … Continue reading Making Room for Records

“The Posner Affair”

Continuing our celebration of American Archives Month, today’s post comes from Christina James, an intern in the National Archives History Office. As the inscription on the west side of the National Archives Building reads, the National Archives is home to “the chronicles of those who conceived and builded the structure of our nation.” Primarily thought … Continue reading “The Posner Affair”

Survey of Federal Archives

Continuing our celebration of American Archives Month, today’s post comes from Tom Ryan, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Do you ever wonder where records were stored before the National Archives was created in 1934? Before 1934, the Federal Government lacked a uniform manner to handle its records. Congress enacted legislation requiring each Government … Continue reading Survey of Federal Archives

Symbols of Significance: The Pediments of the National Archives Building

October is American Archives Month! To celebrate the month dedicated to all things archives, we will feature weekly posts on the history of the National Archives. Today’s post comes from Christina James, intern in the National Archives History Office. Measuring 118 feet wide and 18 feet high at their peaks, the pediments on the north and south sides of … Continue reading Symbols of Significance: The Pediments of the National Archives Building