Category Archives: The Process

Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part II

So, what is in the RG 286 records and how should researchers approach diving in to world of USAID?  Most important is for researchers to have as much specific information as possible depending on how specific your research needs are.  … Continue reading

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Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part I

The National Archives has a program of presentations called Know Your Records through which archivists, volunteers, and others share their knowledge of our records with you, the public.  It is a great way for interested individuals to learn what we … Continue reading

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Finding Alice

Several months ago, as part of a processing project relating to Record Group 516: Records of the Federal Judicial Center, 1967 – 1994, I did a little research on a woman named Alice L. O’Donnell. In the Archives Research Catalog, … Continue reading

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Transferring records

Today’s post is written by Amber Thiele, a processing archivst with civilian textual records in College Park.   Sometimes while processing textual records you find something that makes you think, “hmmm…this would get more use if it was in another … Continue reading

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Launch of new web pages on Foreign Affairs records

To assist researchers interested in records of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies, the most heavily used records in the National Archives, the Textual Archives Services Division has launched a newly revamped set of pages on the … Continue reading

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That Cognac Can Get You Into Very, Very Bad Trouble!

As Black History Month draws to a close, nothing illustrates the great progress of the civil rights movement more than a glimpse at a bleaker era. The work we do every day at the National Archives is for the express purpose … Continue reading

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Browsing, Serendipity, and a Titanic Discovery

Today’s post is by Alan Walker, a processing archivist at Archives II. As a kid I was captivated by the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The drama of such a man-made behemoth falling victim to an iceberg and the scope … Continue reading

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From a researcher’s perspective

Today’s post is written by  Aaron Mannes, a citizen researcher from the University of Maryland’s Laboratory of Computational Cultural Dynamics. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy who is writing a dissertation on … Continue reading

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A Georgetown, DC Building in 1994 and 2012

Last time I wrote here on the Text Message blog, I had written about the Old Georgetown Act Numbered Case Files (ARC 559486), found in Record Group 66, Records of the Commission of Fine Arts, and highlighted some photographs from … Continue reading

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Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part II

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist in Research Services. Earlier I described to you the Overseas Mission records of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our project to transform them from the unfortunate and inaccessible state … Continue reading

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