Category Archives: Policy and Procedures

Know Your Records: U.S. Navy Muster Rolls and Personnel Diaries

The Know Your Records series aims to inform our readers of the types of records in our holdings, the information found in those record types, and the process by which researchers can request/get access to these records. Know Your Records: … Continue reading

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Cuban Missile Crisis, Revisited

Today’s post is written by Michael Rhodes, an archives technician in the Archives’ National Declassification Center.    Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we are still piecing together the actions of his administration. From the Records … Continue reading

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Remembering Leonard A. Rapport {1913-2008} (continued)

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and is a continuation of yesterday’s post. On October 31, 1984, Leonard retired from the National Archives and the next day began turning over to Jim Hutson copies of all the documents he had collected. … Continue reading

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On the Waterfront, or, The Smell of Discovery

Today’s post is by College Park processing archivist Alan Walker. True story: Thursday, March 28 was shaping up to be a typical day. I had before me a cart’s worth of boxes full of case files from the Department of Justice … Continue reading

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An American Archivist at Ascona, Switzerland, October 1997

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. One clear, chilly evening this week fifteen years I was alone in the foothills above the town of Ascona, Switzerland, wondering “how in the world did I end up here?” The answer begins … Continue reading

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Make Your Research Visit to NARA More Successful

The “National Archives Researcher News” recently carried an FAQ that provides guidance on ways to improve your research experience at the National Archives. It is reissued here to bring it to the attention of readers of The Text Message. HOW … Continue reading

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So…what’s accessioning?

Today’s post is written by Sarah Farinholt and Meghan Ryan who work on the Accessioning team.    Ever wonder how documents get to the National Archives?  Before federal records become part of the National Archives holdings, they must be accessioned.  Accessioning is the … Continue reading

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