Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part IV: The Foreign Affairs Records Web Pages

By David Langbart This is the fourth post in a four-part series about conducting research in the records of agencies specifically responsible for U.S. foreign relations.  It is derived from information on the NARA web pages devoted to that topic. Please visit Part I, Part II, and Part III. To assist with preparing for a … Continue reading Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part IV: The Foreign Affairs Records Web Pages

Researching Foreign Affairs Records Part III: Research Hints

By David Langbart This is the third post in a four-part series about conducting research in the records of agencies specifically responsible for U.S. foreign relations.  It is derived from information on the NARA web pages devoted to that topic. Please visit Part I, Part II, and Part IV. Here are some very basic hints on … Continue reading Researching Foreign Affairs Records Part III: Research Hints

Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part II: Getting Started

By David Langbart This is the second post in a four-part series about conducting research in the records of agencies specifically responsible for U.S. foreign relations.  It is derived from information on the NARA web pages devoted to that topic.  The recommendations herein are applicable to other records, too. Please visit Part I, Part III, … Continue reading Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part II: Getting Started

Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part I: Introduction

By David Langbart This is the first post in a four part series about conducting research in the records of agencies specifically responsible for U.S. foreign relations. It is derived from information on the NARA web pages devoted to that topic. Please visit Part II, Part III, and Part IV. The United States has played … Continue reading Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part I: Introduction

Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part II

By Alfie Paul So, what is in the RG 286 Records (Record Group 286: Records of the Agency for International Development, 1948 - 2003), and how should researchers approach diving in to the world of USAID? Most important is for researchers to have as much specific information as possible depending on how specific your research … Continue reading Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part II

Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part I

By Alfie Paul The National Archives has a program of presentations called Know Your Records through which archivists, volunteers, and others share their knowledge of our records with you, the public.  It is a great way for interested individuals to learn what we have and how to use what we have to their advantage. The … Continue reading Know Your Records: USAID, RG 286, Part I

Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)

By Jason Clingerman Given the recent appearance of the development company Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) in the news regarding the case of Alan Gross, the development worker who was jailed in Cuba in 2009 accused of working for U.S. intelligence services, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention that records relating to development projects … Continue reading Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)

Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part II

Today's post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist in Research Services. Earlier I described to you the Overseas Mission records of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our project to transform them from the unfortunate and inaccessible state in which they arrived at Archives II. These records have proven a time-consuming challenge for … Continue reading Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part II

Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part I

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist in Research Services. Since 2010, the Record Group 286 Processing Team has been steadily transforming the 11,700 cubic feet of paper records of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) housed here at Archives II. A lot of preparation goes into such a massive project … Continue reading Our Mission: The Missions of AID, Part I

Foreign Service Friday: Despatch vs. Dispatch

Today’s post is written by archivist David Langbart who works primarily with diplomatic records. In my earlier post about Despatches, I noted that the correct spelling in Department of State usage is dEspatch and not dIspatch.  After writing that post, purely by serendipity, I located a document that shows just how seriously the Department of … Continue reading Foreign Service Friday: Despatch vs. Dispatch