Category Archives: Reference

The National Archives, the Fireman’s Insurance Building and the Carter G. Woodson House

What do these three have in common? They all are properties within the District of Columbia, properties that appear in National Archives Textual series housed in Washington, DC. Initially, I had hoped to trace the property ownership of the land … Continue reading

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Reporting the Death of the President, 1865

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater.  While there, he was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth.  He died the next morning. As part of the same murderous … Continue reading

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Baseball Patents

Today’s post is written by archivist David Pfeiffer. Yes, spring is here.  Major League Baseball’s opening day is Monday, April 6.  Finally.  It has been a long cold winter.  As Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby once said “People ask me … Continue reading

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Bipartisanship in Foreign Policy, 1953

The development of the Cold War after World War II and America’s ascension to a position as the leading World power with its attendant dangers and complications led to somewhat of a removal of partisan politics from foreign policy issues.  … Continue reading

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Leaks in the Department of State, 1963

In recent years, the subject of leaks of classified information from U.S. Government agencies has received a great deal of attention.  This is not a new problem; I have seen references to such leaks as early as World War I.  … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy and Domestic Discrimination

As the Department of State noted in a major 1950 publication “There is no longer any real distinction between ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ affairs.”  (Our Foreign Policy, Department of State Publication 3972, released September 1950).  In the post-World War II Twentieth … Continue reading

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The Monuments Men During February 1945: Locating Repositories of Looted and German Cultural Property

Today’s post was written by Dr. Greg Bradsher, archivist at the National Archives in College Park. At the end of January, Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley, head of the 12th Army Group, wrote the G-5s of his four Armies (First, Third, … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Inside!

Today’s post is written by Daniel Dancis, an archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. As most of the eastern seaboard is experiencing record setting low temperatures this week, it is timely to look back at a letter … Continue reading

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Firefly Project and the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (“Smoke Jumpers”)

 Today’s post was written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor, archivists at the National Archives in College Park. This post is also featured on our Rediscovering Black History blog. In April 1945 the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion received orders to move to the West Coast for … Continue reading

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How The West Was Drawn: the Art of Charles Marion Russell in the National Archives at Denver

Today’s post is written by Cody White, an archivist at the National Archives at Denver.  Strolling the two Western American Art galleries at the Denver Art Museum one can see several examples of famed western artist Charles Marion Russell’s depictions, in … Continue reading

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