More Department of State Records Now Available Online: Consular Despatches, 1783-1906

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. The National Archives is pleased to announce that additional records of the Department of State have been digitized and are now available online through the National Archives Catalog.  An earlier post described the microfilm digitization project … Continue reading More Department of State Records Now Available Online: Consular Despatches, 1783-1906

Cuban refugees on a sailboat, clipped from New York Times article

Castro, Cuba, and a Fleet of Fishing Boats: The Causes and Effects of the Mariel Boatlift

Today’s post was written by Lynn Nashorn, textual processing and accessioning archivist at the National Archives at College Park. In 2020, the United States marked the 40th anniversary of the Mariel boatlift that brought approximately 125,000 Cubans to the United States in the course of just over six months. The journey to this mass exodus … Continue reading Castro, Cuba, and a Fleet of Fishing Boats: The Causes and Effects of the Mariel Boatlift

Problems with Mutiny on the Bounty, 1960

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Mutiny on the Bounty is a major 1962 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris.  It is a fictionalized account of the true mutiny that took place on HMAV Bounty in April … Continue reading Problems with Mutiny on the Bounty, 1960

Responding to the release of “On the Beach:” Early use of emojis

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. An earlier post discussed the U.S. Government’s preparations for dealing with international reaction to the 1959 motion picture On the Beach. That film depicted the post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear war.  It was the first major … Continue reading Responding to the release of “On the Beach:” Early use of emojis

Mike Nichols: Coming to America, 1939

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Mike Nichols was one of the greats of American stage and screen.  Successful as comedian, actor, and director (of stage and screen), he is one of the few to have won the so-called EGOT prize – … Continue reading Mike Nichols: Coming to America, 1939

Confederate Descendants in Brazil, 1908

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. The following is an example of the odd requests made to the Department of State. After the Civil War ended in 1865, numerous Confederates fled the United States.  They had many reasons to leave – economic … Continue reading Confederate Descendants in Brazil, 1908

Ellen Ochoa: A Pioneer on Land and in Space

Today's post was written by Lynn Nashorn, textual processing and accessioning archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa taking photos out the window from a flight deck stations, 17 Apr, 1993 (NAID 23272400) On April 8, 1993, the space shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Ellen … Continue reading Ellen Ochoa: A Pioneer on Land and in Space

directing that 3 classes of communication be established

To Avoid Embarrassment: Setting Priorities for the Handling of Documents in the Department of State, 1907

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. The pre-World War II Department of State is often referred to as a sleepy, slow-moving bureaucracy.  This is especially true of the period before the First World War.  Even departmental officials made remarks along those lines.  … Continue reading To Avoid Embarrassment: Setting Priorities for the Handling of Documents in the Department of State, 1907

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“Everything was burned down to the ground”: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Today’s post was written by Bob Nowatzki, Archives Technician in Research Services at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. **Please note some of the images are graphic and disturbing, but we include them as  important evidence in the historical record.** The Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31-June 1, 1921 was one of the deadliest … Continue reading “Everything was burned down to the ground”: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Mark Twain Goes Overseas in the 1950s

Today's post was written by David Langbart, archivist in Textual Reference at the National Archives at College Park, MD. The actor Hal Holbrook, who died in January of 2021, had a long and distinguished career.  He appeared on stage and in many motion pictures and television shows.  Those of us of a certain age especially … Continue reading Mark Twain Goes Overseas in the 1950s