The US National Archives (NARA) recently held its annual Preservation EXPOsed! event in Washington, DC, highlighting a diverse slate of preservation specialists and topics. The event, which Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero introduced, was made up of three elements: short talks given by conservation professionals about their work; exhibits and displays about the conservation of important documents at NARA such as the Declaration of Independence; and tables staffed by conservation and preservation specialists dedicated to different media, including books, paper, film and video, digital artifacts, photographs, and others.
On July 10, 2011, the stars were aligned. On that day, according to Jim Warwick, assistant US attorney for the Department of Justice, a sharp-eyed employee of the Maryland Historical Society sensed that two researchers, later revealed to be Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff, were acting strangely. Following this hunch, the employee crawled into the rafters and observed as Savedoff stuffed documents into his jacket while Landau distracted another employee. A few phone calls later, with the assistance of the FBI and the National Archives Office of the Inspector General (NARA OIG), Savedoff and Landau were in custody.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), with the generous support of the Foundation for the National Archives, announces the 2013 Regional Residency Fellowship Program’s Request for Proposals. The Residency Fellowship Program gives researchers the opportunity to conduct original research using records held at National Archives locations in Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Fort Worth, TX; Riverside, CA; San Francisco, CA; and St. Louis, MO. It offers an opportunity for researchers to explore often overlooked records held by NARA and to experience what many researchers have discovered – that it is not necessary to go to Washington, D.C.
January 1, 2013, marked the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although the general historical consensus is that slavery was at the root of the conflict, questions about the role of the proclamation in defining the Civil War and 19th century race relations continue to dominate the field. In the past few weeks, Washington, D.C., has hosted two events on the topic: A panel discussion at the National Archives (NARA), chaired by Annette Gordon-Reed and featuring James Oakes, Eric Foner, James McPherson, and Ed Ayers, and a more intimate lecture led by Foner at the Wilson Center and sponsored by the National History Center.
National Archives hosts an event for the “unveiling” of the records
The U.S. Census “gives a gift to the nation twice,” remarked Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, at the unveiling of the 1940 Census records yesterday at the National Archives in Washington D.C. The first gift is of overall aggregations of data, released shortly after the count is done. The second gift is delayed for 72 years to protect privacy, and involves the release of the actual forms filled out by individuals and enumerators.
The National Archives launched its Citizen Archivist Dashboard last year on December 23, 2011. This well-designed interactive site encourages visitors to engage with National Archives records by tagging, transcribing, editing articles, uploading images, and participating in contests.
While many visitors will participate in the Citizen Archivist Dashboard just because it’s fun, they’re contributing to the National Archives’ important efforts to make historical documents more searchable and accessible. Today, we take a closer look at the Citizen Archivist Dashboard, and encourage you to try it out for yourself.
On August 18, 2011, the National Archives released the statement below, addressing an allegation that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had been destroying documents it wasn’t authorized to destroy. Part of the AHA’s mission is to advocate for the proper collection and preservation of historical documents, so we follow situations like this one closely.
Washington, DC. . . In July 2010, the National Archives contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an allegation that the SEC had been destroying files pertaining to Matters Under Inquiry (MUI) for the past 17 years.
In honor of the 4th of July, we’ve embedded below the National Archives’ video on preserving the Declaration of Independence. Also this week, check out links to Star Wars and History, the history of the future of food, a profile of Smithsonian employee Richard Rathbun, WWII conscientious objectors, and two historical mapping sites.