Category Archives: The Process

Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part I

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist in Research Services.   Since 2010, the Record Group 286 Processing Team has been steadily transforming the 11,700 cubic feet of paper records of the U.S. Agency for International Development … Continue reading

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Washington DC in 1950

Recently I processed two accretions for Record Group 66, Records of the Commission of Fine Arts. The first was for entry 18B for the Shipstead-Luce Act Numbered Case Files (ARC 559476), and the other entry 23 the Old Georgetown Act … Continue reading

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Accessing veterans’ records

One of the most frequent kinds of research requests we receive concerns gaining access to military veterans’ service records. To do our part to commemorate Veterans Day tomorrow, we’ve asked Theresa Fitzgerald of the Archives’ National Personnel Records Center in … Continue reading

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Students Share Scholarly Research at NARA

Many of our NARA colleagues are historians and researchers themselves. In this post, written by Lopez Matthews, we have the opportunity to learn about a few current research projects our staff members are undertaking. If you’d like more information on … Continue reading

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From College Park to Edinburgh: 30 Days with the National Collection of Aerial Photography

Today’s post is written by Tom McAnear, a processing archivist in College Park. Tom is participating in the Archival Development Program, an in-house multi-year training course for all of NARA’s archivists. As part of my Archival Development Program (ADP) training … Continue reading

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The Navy Deck Logs: Personal Experience

Today’s post is written by Anwar Thomas, an archives technician at Archives II. Processing and consolidating the Navy Deck Logs in RG 24 Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel was an interesting project in my large criteria of archival … Continue reading

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10 Years Later: Remembering 9/11

The most asked question this weekend will be “where were you?”  I was living in Massachusetts and on my way to the doctor.  The news on the radio said that something, probably a small plane, had hit the World Trade … Continue reading

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Deputy Marshal v. Deputy Marshal

This post was written by Katy Berube, a student intern working in civilian processing.  It is a follow-up to the post A few good lawmen.  Documentation for this post can be found in the series “Appointment Files for Judicial Districts, … Continue reading

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A few good lawmen

Today’s post is written by Denise Henderson. A few months ago, I was asked to locate a record about Pat Garrett, the famous sheriff who killed Billy the Kid in 1881 when cowboys and cattle thieves made the West wild … 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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