What We’re Reading: October 1, 2009 Edition

LIFE - Google Books every issueNew this week, some Iowa history classrooms are embracing primary resources over textbooks, a British man and his metal detector unearth seventh-century treasures, the Gilder Lehrman Institute releases an issue of History Now on the American Revolution, the National Security Archive joins Facebook, and Google Books features every issue of LIFE ever published. Then, we bring you two articles on NARA: one on NARA’s proposal (and request for public comments) to issue researcher ID cards, and the other on NARA documents on Footnote.com.
Finally, for fun, check out a database of historic bridges, a “virtual postcard tour of Algiers,” and a look at some National Park posters.



  • NARA Proposes New Researcher ID Cards
    The National Coalition for History reports on a new proposal from NARA to require researchers to have a special researcher identification card. NARA is looking for public input on this proposal and will accept comments until November 24, 2009.
  • Free NARA Documents on Footnote.com
    NARA’s blog highlights the availability of NARA documents on Footnote.com. These documents are free to look at as long as you are in a research room in a NARA location.


Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

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  1. Tanya Roth

    I guess I don’t quite see the hoopla over the NARA researcher ID card proposal. It looks specific to the DC and regional locations – however, anyone who goes to the College Park location has to get an ID card – which I’ve found is good at a regional facility (St. Louis) and also got me into the DC facility. The Library of Congress requires an ID card, and given that NARA already requires ID cards at one facility, this doesn’t seem problematic – unless I’m missing something…

    As always – thanks for the links! I love the “what we’re reading” feature.