Category Archives: Civil Records

A Flag for the United Nations

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Reference Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. John Kelly, a respected columnist for the Washington Post, recently (June 14, 2016) wrote about Brooks Harding’s “Four Freedoms Flag.”  Harding designed the flag … Continue reading

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The Unforgettable Calamity – 40th Anniversary of the Teton Dam Failure

Today’s post was written by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver “As I sit here and watch I can see it caving in. It is just coming apart, completely coming apart… my advice to people downstream that … Continue reading

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Drafting a Guide: American Jewish History Resources

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. In 1957, archivist Nathan Reingold distributed a memo to each custodial unit at the National Archives asking for their staffs’ help in tracking down records … Continue reading

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Danny Thomas Goes to Lebanon, 1962

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. Danny Thomas was a major mid-20th Century entertainment star of radio, screen, and television.  He is most known for his television show that ran … Continue reading

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Aiding the Jews of Europe, 1946

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Although the war was over, the agony of its survivors continued unabated. The United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, now in the aftermath called upon … Continue reading

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IRELAND: THE EASTER RISING, 1916: FOLLOW-UP ON EAMON DE VALERA

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Ambassador (ret.) Peter Bridges was good enough to post a link to an interesting article by Robert Schmuhl in a comment on the earlier post … Continue reading

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50 Years of the Pull Slip

Today’s post was written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Can you believe it? April of 1966 saw the introduction of NAR Form 1, the “Reference Service Slip.” This paper (commonly referred to as a … Continue reading

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The Misadventures of a Soldier and His Bounty-Land Warrant

Heather Jager was a 2015 summer intern in the Archives 1 Reference Section in Washington, DC. During my summer internship, I came across an orphan document – a document that has been separated from its file. It was made of … Continue reading

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The President Goes to Cuba: 1928

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. President Obama will visit Cuba later this month.  It will be only the second time an incumbent President visits that island nation.  The first presidential … Continue reading

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Setting up the Federal Register, 1935

Today’s post was written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. Today we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Federal Register. On that day long ago, the press ballyhooed its arrival. Official Washington had long lamented … Continue reading

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