Category Archives: Archives I

NAACP vs the Washington DC Police Department: A 1957 hearing before the DC Board of Commissioners

Earlier this month millions of Americans voted. Voting is one of the hallmarks of our democracy, and one method to make their elected officials accountable to the people. Government accountability, for the elected and the unelected, is also found through … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Civil Records | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Haunted House Hijinks in the Highlands: Or Sailors in Trouble with Scottish Authorities

Today’s post was written by Nick Baric, a processing Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC. In May of 1918 a group of American sailors detached to a base at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands found themselves in … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, History, Military Records, Reference | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Curse of Hindsight: December 7, 1941

Today’s blogger is Stephanie Stork, a summer 2013 intern in the Archives I Reference and Processing Sections who worked with Navy records. Working at the National Archives this past summer as an intern with the Old Navy/Maritime Reference staff allowed … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Military Records, Reference | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rosslyn Skyline

Recently, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), a federal agency charged with planning for the Washington, DC area, released a draft study regarding the height of buildings inside the District of Columbia. The city of Washington, DC does not have skyscrapers … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Civil Records, History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

General Haupt’s Economic Legacy

Today’s guest blogger is Mark C. Mollan, a reference archivist specializing in records of the U.S. Navy and Maritime agencies at Archives I. When Herman Haupt reluctantly left the war on September 14, 1863 (150 years ago this week), he … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Military Records, Reference | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Glimpse into the Sedition Case of 1944

Today’s blogger is Meghan Milam, a summer 2013 intern in the Archives I Reference Section who worked with court records. Rights guaranteed by the First Amendment are by no means clearly defined. Contentious, news-worthy cases like those involving Pfc. Manning or Edward Snowden … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Civil Records, History, Reference | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

“A Rumbling Fearful Noise”: Charleston Earthquake of 1886

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Baric, an archivist in the Archives I Processing Section. On August 23, 2011, the Washington, DC, area was rocked by the one of the largest east coast earthquakes in recorded U.S. history. Few of us … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Reference | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Vaccinated Nation

Today’s blogger is Megan Hamby, a summer 2013 intern in the Archives I Reference and Processing Sections who worked with Army records. While processing a series from the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15), I came across a piece … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Reference | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Price of the Past

Today’s blogger is Emily Hauser, a summer 2013 intern in the Archives I Reference Section who worked with Army records. While writing descriptions of records of the Adjutant General’s Office (Record Group 94), I came across some very interesting documents created by … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Military Records, Reference | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

13 Rue Madeleine and the National Archives

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. Elizabeth Hamer, the chief of the National Archives Exhibits and Publications staff, maintained a very detailed daily diary of everything she and her staff did between 1946 and 1951. While conducting research … Continue reading

Posted in Archives I, Programming | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments