Category Archives: Civil Records

Walk the Line

Today’s post was written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. It’s all well and good to have defined boundaries between countries, but somebody has to go out and make sure that they are accurate. And … Continue reading

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A Record of Protest

Today’s post is written by M Marie Maxwell, an archives specialist who works at Archives I.   Recently, as a citizen, I attended a local community meeting regarding a contentious proposal, hosted by a city government department. Besides the subject being contentious, … Continue reading

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Douglas MacArthur Turns 70: Birthday Greetings from the Secretary of State

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880.  As his 70th birthday approached, he was serving as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) in … Continue reading

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The Funeral of General George S. Patton, Jr.

Today’s blog was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. December 21 is the 70th anniversary of the death of General George S. Patton, Jr., renowned and controversial general and subject of the unforgettable 1970 … Continue reading

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The Harrison Report, President Truman, and General Eisenhower

Today’s post was written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor, Archivists at the National Archives at College Park. The Jewish community in the United States expressed many complaints during April and May 1945 about how displaced persons, particularly … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Tourist Traps: the Creation of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado

Today’s post was written by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver “We can’t get too much science so am for the park.” And so opened a 1962 letter to the National Park Service from Orson Rice, an … Continue reading

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Lithograph Company v. Adolph Coors – a Case of an Unpaid Tab

Today’s post was written by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver 142 years ago this fall Adolf Coors, along with Denver businessman Jacob Shueler, recorded a deed of purchase for an abandoned tannery in Golden, Colorado. Within … Continue reading

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The National Archives and Jefferson Davis’ Cloak, Shawl, and Spurs

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park The Civil War was swiftly coming to an end on April 3, 1865, when the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, … Continue reading

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A President Complies with Federal Regulations: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Form TFR-500

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor, archivists at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Midway through World War II it became apparent that the United States Government had increasing need for comprehensive financial … Continue reading

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The Department of State and the Battle Against Thalidomide

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, a long-time medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), died recently.  Her obituaries describe a long and distinguished career at the FDA but highlight her role in preventing the approval of the drug Thalidomide … Continue reading

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