Category Archives: The Process

A Slap’s a Slap: General John L. DeWitt and Four Little Words

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist at Archives II in College Park. Lt. General John L. DeWitt was in charge of the U.S. Army’s Western Defense Command in 1942 and was instrumental in the development of … Continue reading

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The Origins and Operations of the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher.   During the past several weeks there has been great international interest in the art works that had been in the possession of Hildebrand Gurlitt before and during World War II, some of … Continue reading

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Know Your Records: U.S. Navy Deck Logs

Know Your Records: U.S. Navy Deck Logs U.S. Navy deck logs and muster rolls are among the most popular U.S. Navy records in our holdings. Archivists here at Archives II frequently consult these records to answer researcher requests. Considering their … Continue reading

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“The Numbers Don’t Add Up” — Lessons to be Learned by Archivists and Researchers

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. In reviewing some text that we plan on adding to the International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property in conjunction with albums containing photographs depicting looted art work, Robin Waldman had … Continue reading

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Cuban Missile Crisis, Revisited

Today’s post is written by Michael Rhodes, an archives technician in the Archives’ National Declassification Center.    Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we are still piecing together the actions of his administration. From the Records … Continue reading

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Remembering Leonard A. Rapport {1913-2008} (continued)

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and is a continuation of yesterday’s post. On October 31, 1984, Leonard retired from the National Archives and the next day began turning over to Jim Hutson copies of all the documents he had collected. … Continue reading

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Remembering Leonard A. Rapport (1913-2008)

Have you ever considered a career in archival work? This week, we’re publishing a two-part post by Dr. Greg Bradsher remembering one of NARA’s archivists. The National Archives and Records Administration has been very fortunate to have among its ranks many … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? The story behind the series title “Ciano Papers: Rose Garden”

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. The National Archives of the United Kingdom has many interesting record series titles.  One of my favorites is “Mussolini’s personal files (the ‘Handbag’ files).”  This series consists of the papers that Mussolini … Continue reading

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A personal prologue at the National Archives

The motto of the National Archives is “What is Past Is Prologue.” Recently, while assisting a researcher at Archives II, I ran into my Dad, even though he died several years ago.  A bit of background will help you understand.  … Continue reading

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Yugoslavia 1970: The Writing on the Wall

From time to time while working in the records, NARA staff find documents that provide new perspectives on events through which they lived.  I recently had that experience. I remember well the terrible humanitarian disaster that befell local populations as … Continue reading

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