The Zone

Today’s post is written by Onaona Guay, a processing archivist in College Park. One of the more unique items in the September 11 Recovery Program records is a cartoon sketch of Ground Zero and surrounding areas—referred to as “The Zone”—done on a whiteboard.  Although the National Archives receives records in a variety of media and … Continue reading The Zone

Solidarity

Today’s post is written by Onaona Guay, a processing archivist in College Park. Banners and flags comprise a good portion of the September 11 Recovery Program records.  Some are handmade and some are signed.  One particular United States flag was recovered from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after the horrific bombing on … Continue reading Solidarity

International Reaction

Today’s post is written by Onaona Guay, a processing archivist in College Park. The American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program received many gifts of compassion and sympathy from people around the world: cards from Australia, letters from Romania and Indonesia, drawings from Belize, postcards from Hong Kong.  Students, faculty and staff of Ecole Routhier … Continue reading International Reaction

September 11 Through the Eyes of Children

Today's post is written by Onaona Guay, a processing archivist in College Park. For those of us who lived through September 11, 2001, we will always remember where we were when our nation came under attack. 9:50 am.  I was just returning to our off-campus house from my first class of the day when my … Continue reading September 11 Through the Eyes of Children

Camp Tophat: The Troops Go Home

Today’s post is written by Meghan Ryan, a processing archivist at Archives II. As World War II drew to a close, the United States military faced the daunting task of transporting the majority of the armed forces home. To facilitate this process, temporary base, or “camps” were constructed throughout Europe. Camp Tophat, near Antwerp, Belgium, … Continue reading Camp Tophat: The Troops Go Home

Christmas in April: American National Red Cross Christmas Seals

Starting in 1907, the American National Red Cross (ANRC) began selling Christmas Seals in an effort to raise money to combat tuberculosis. The seals resembled postage stamps, and could be collected or used on holiday correspondence. The first year of sales, 1907, only generated $3,000 towards tuberculosis. However, successive years earned in the millions! A … Continue reading Christmas in April: American National Red Cross Christmas Seals

Image of aid worker with American Red Cross outfit.

Processing Records of the American Red Cross

In March we begin processing the collection of American Red Cross records donated to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 2009. This was made possible due to the closing of the American Red Cross’ Hazel Braugh Records Center and Archives in Lorton, Virginia. These records will be incorporated into NARA’s already existing collection, Records of … Continue reading Processing Records of the American Red Cross