Category Archives: NARA beyond DC/MD

Hometown Hero: Walker Kirtland Hancock, St. Louis’s Monuments Man

Today’s post comes to us from archivist Theresa Fitzgerald of the National Archives at St. Louis. Theresa has previously shared her expertise with us in a popular post on how to access veterans’ records and today she applies that knowledge to … Continue reading

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Building a Better Christmas: The U.S. Corps of Engineers Wives Club Santa Claus Shop

Today’s post is written by Cody White, an archivist at the National Archives at Denver Christmas is often a time for charity, the bringing of holiday cheer to those less fortunate, and one such heartwarming tale can be found at the National … Continue reading

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An Archives Filled with Firsts

The National Archives holds records relating to many firsts: First President. First airplane. First computer. First atomic bomb. First man on the moon. Here is another first. This is Lucile Atcherson. [Source: Lucile Atcherson; Official Personnel Folders-Department of State; Record … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill and Urbanizing the Taming of his Wild West

Today’s post is written by Cody White, an archivist at the National Archives at Denver. He is not related to Buffalo Bill. It is said that nobody can stop progress… and apparently not even William “Buffalo Bill” Cody when in the … Continue reading

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The War of 1812: Privateers, Plunder, & Profiteering

Today’s post is written by archivist Shane Bell of the National Archives at Atlanta. The so-called golden age of piracy ended in the early 18th century, decades before the first shot of the American Revolution.  During what is often referred to … Continue reading

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Defendant Jackets, Legal Abbreviations, and Aliases, Oh My!

Today’s post is written by Stephanie Stegman, the special media projects volunteer at the National Archives at Fort Worth. What exactly is a “defendant jacket”?  What does the charge “RLD” stand for?  How do you find the records of a … Continue reading

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An Ode to the Secretary

This is the final post in a week-long series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Don’t miss their posts from day one, day two, day three and day four.   This week’s … Continue reading

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Heaven Protects the Working Girl, But She Still Has to Learn to Type

Today’s post is the fourth in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Don’t miss their posts from day one, day two and day three. The typical everyday world for … Continue reading

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No Girdle Can Do it All and Other Grooming Tips for Secretaries

Today’s post is the third in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Don’t miss their posts from day one and day two. Pill box hats, shorter … Continue reading

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Hello? Hello? How to Answer the Phone in a Few Easy Steps: Secretarial Training of the 1960s

Today’s post is the second in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. If you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss yesterday’s post! … Continue reading

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