Category Archives: History

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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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 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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Fur Warden Sketches Map of Fortymile River Basin in Alaska

Today’s post was written by Laurie Moyer, who volunteers on education and archival projects at the National Archives at College Park. Throughout December of 1917, the thermometer in Chicken, Alaska, a village about 40 miles west of the Canadian border, … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and World War II, 1941-1942

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor, Archivists at the National Archives at College Park. During the summer of 1940, as German military forces overran France, many Americans began to support the need for compulsory … Continue reading

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The Death of a Lady: The USS Lexington (CV-2) at the Battle of the Coral Sea, Part I: The Log

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. This is the first post in a three-part series. After the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, imperial Japanese forces seemed unstoppable, winning battle … Continue reading

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Walk the Line

Today’s post was written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. It’s all well and good to have defined boundaries between countries, but somebody has to go out and make sure that they are accurate. And … Continue reading

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A Record of Protest

Today’s post is written by M Marie Maxwell, an archives specialist who works at Archives I.   Recently, as a citizen, I attended a local community meeting regarding a contentious proposal, hosted by a city government department. Besides the subject being contentious, … Continue reading

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Douglas MacArthur Turns 70: Birthday Greetings from the Secretary of State

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880.  As his 70th birthday approached, he was serving as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) in … Continue reading

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