Monthly Archives: July 2011

Old Glory and the Representation of U.S. Territories

Our guest blogger today is Allison Walsh, an Archives Technician at Archives I who works with Navy / Maritime records.  She is proud to display the Stars and Stripes every Flag Day, which also happens to be her birthday. Finding the … Continue reading

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Wikimedia and the new collaborative digital archives

For today’s post we are thrilled to open our blog space to NARA’s Wikipedian-in-Residence, Dominic McDevitt-Parks. Everyone knows about Wikipedia (though there is certainly a lot of room for clarification of how it works in practice and why it is … Continue reading

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One Small Step

Today’s post is written by Alfie Paul, a processing archivist at Archives II. On July 20, 1969 the world watched as the first human beings landed on the moon.  That day 42 years ago was the culmination of a race … Continue reading

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Researching Forts at Archives I

A common research topic concerns information on military installations, i.e., forts, camps, depots, barracks, etc.  Generally, the bulk of the records we have relate to permanent installations, but we do have a few records pertaining to some temporary posts. Records … Continue reading

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RIP Betty Ford, April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011

In honor of the passing of former First Lady Betty Ford, we thought we would find her in the records. Obviously, there is more to be found in the Ford Presidential Library but she can be found in our corner of … Continue reading

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…And Germany in Ruins Surrendered Unconditionally

Today’s post is written by Lopez D. Matthews, Jr., an Archives Technician in the Holdings Management Division at Archives II. Occasionally, as we work with records we come across a document that completely catches our attention. This was the case as … Continue reading

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Music at the Archives – John Philip Sousa

Today’s guest blogger is Trevor Plante, a supervisory archivist at Archives I.   Following up on two recent blog posts from our office by Juliette Arai and Mark Mollan I thought it would be a great opportunity to blog about one of my … Continue reading

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Before “Your Show of Shows”: Sid Caesar and the Coast Guard

Today’s guest blogger is Mark Mollan, a reference archivist specializing in records of the U.S. Navy and Maritime agencies. Not long ago, an Archives I reference staff member came across a Muster Roll for the USCG unit “Tars and Spars”–a … Continue reading

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