Pulled From the Flames: Paintings Rescued from the Great Chicago Fire

Today’s post was written by Addie Portela, an intern at the National Archives at Chicago. On Sunday October 8th, 1871, fire raged across the city of Chicago. Not quelled until Tuesday morning, fires devastated Chicago’s central business district. The Crosby Opera House, a theater with an art gallery attachment, was not spared from the damage. … Continue reading Pulled From the Flames: Paintings Rescued from the Great Chicago Fire

Cannonball! Swimming Pools in the National Register of Historic Places

Security overlooks ducks swimming in the White House Swimming Pool (National Archives Identifier 276564131) In the month of July, when the temperature is hot, people will find relief in swimming pools all over the country.  Did you know there are a number of pools that are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the … Continue reading Cannonball! Swimming Pools in the National Register of Historic Places

Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part VII: Baghdad, Iraq

This is the seventh in a series of occasional blog posts. So far this series of posts has made stops in Tokyo, Shanghai, Amoy, and Calcutta.  The Army Around the World Flight, flew out of Calcutta on July 1 to continue the journey west.  The planes stopped in Allahabad, Ambala, Multan, Karachi, Bander Abbas, and landed … Continue reading Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part VII: Baghdad, Iraq

Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part VI: Calcutta, India

This is the sixth in a series of occasional blog posts. When we last left the Army Around the World Flight, the planes were departing Amoy, China on June 8 heading for Hong Kong.  From Hong Kong they flew on, making official stops at Haiphong, Tourane, Saigon, Bangkok, Rangoon, Akyab, and Chittagong before arriving in … Continue reading Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part VI: Calcutta, India

The Values of an Index: A Statistical Analysis of the Index of Case Files from Record Group 228: Records of the Committee on Fair Employment preserved by the National Archives at Philadelphia

Today's post is written by John C. Harris, Archives Technician at National Archives at Philadelphia with a special thanks to Michael Demofonte, Archives Technician, Archives II, Research Services, Digitization Division for his editorial feedback and helping me make sense of the data. Introduction: Data. It is a daunting word for those of us who entered … Continue reading The Values of an Index: A Statistical Analysis of the Index of Case Files from Record Group 228: Records of the Committee on Fair Employment preserved by the National Archives at Philadelphia

Records about the Civilian Conservation Corps in the National Register of Historic Places

CCC Camp (National Archives Identifier 281450) When the United States was mired in the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps, to help improve America’s public lands, forests, and parks.  There are just under one thousand properties in the National Register of Historic Places associated with the CCC, including the Stowe CCC … Continue reading Records about the Civilian Conservation Corps in the National Register of Historic Places

Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part V: Amoy, China

This is the fifth in a series of occasional blog posts. Departing Shanghai on June 7, the Army Around the World Flight planes flew along the Chinese coast and arrived in Amoy (now Xiamen) later the same day, after making an intermediate refueling stop at Tchinkoen Bay.  The team remained in Amoy until June 8, … Continue reading Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part V: Amoy, China

Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part IV: Shanghai, China

This is the fourth in a series of occasional blog posts. From Japan, the Army Around the World Flight planes flew across the the East China Sea to Shanghai, China.  Due to technical problems, two of the the three planes arrived on June 4, 1924, and the third plane on June 5.  They received an … Continue reading Around the World in 175 Days, 1924: Department of State Contributions to the U.S. Army Flight Around the World: Part IV: Shanghai, China

80 Years Later: Documenting the Loss and Honoring the Sacrifices of D-Day

Today's post was written by Rachael Salyer, archivist in the Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Soldiers Presenting Arms on a Beachhead , Jun 12, 1944 (Local ID: 111-SC-320872; NAID 176888636) June 6, 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World … Continue reading 80 Years Later: Documenting the Loss and Honoring the Sacrifices of D-Day

“Blood and Determination and Then Victory” – Digitized Operations Reports Related to D-Day

Today’s post is by Rachael Salyer, Archivist in the Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD. End of First Phase Map of France, June 1944 (NAID 18558251) The Textual Reference Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD (Archives II) has custody of numerous records that document U.S. Army operations … Continue reading “Blood and Determination and Then Victory” – Digitized Operations Reports Related to D-Day