The Harrison Report, President Truman, and General Eisenhower

Today's post was written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor, Archivists at the National Archives at College Park. The Jewish community in the United States expressed many complaints during April and May 1945 about how displaced persons, particularly Jews, were being treated by the U.S. Army in Germany.  Secretary of the Treasury Henry … Continue reading The Harrison Report, President Truman, and General Eisenhower

On the Road Again: Presidential Visits to the West, Part II

Today's post was written by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver. This is part two in a three part series. Read Part I. In 1930 Secretary of Interior Ray Lyman Wilber visited southern Nevada to inaugurate the construction of a long planned dam on the Colorado River. Known until then as Boulder … Continue reading On the Road Again: Presidential Visits to the West, Part II

Efforts by Ernst Posner and the National Archives to Protect European Archives during World War II

Today's post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. The National Archives began to think, after the invasion of North Africa in World War II, of the practical importance of records in connection with the government of conquered territory.  Archivist of the United States Solon J. Buck and senior National Archives official Oliver W. Holmes took … Continue reading Efforts by Ernst Posner and the National Archives to Protect European Archives during World War II

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Protection of Cultural Property

Today's post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and Dr. Sylvia Naylor.   The movie The Monuments Men has generated great interest in the subject of the protection of cultural property during World War II and raised the issue of how far commanders should go in protecting cultural property in instances of risk to the … Continue reading General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Protection of Cultural Property

Sir Charles Leonard Woolley-The Background and Early Activities of an Unlikely Monuments Man

Today's post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and is the first in a series featuring real life Monuments Men. The forthcoming movie, The Monuments Men, has focused great attention on the Monuments Men (and women) and their work during and after World War II.  Of course the movie cannot tell the story of the over … Continue reading Sir Charles Leonard Woolley-The Background and Early Activities of an Unlikely Monuments Man

Transferring records

Today's post is written by Amber Thiele, a processing archivst with civilian textual records in College Park.   Sometimes while processing textual records you find something that makes you think, "hmmm…this would get more use if it was in another part of the National Archives and Records Administration."  Usually in the Textual Archives Services Division, … Continue reading Transferring records

Uncle Walt, Papa, and The Prom Queen of Soul

What do Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, and Whitney Houston have in common? They all served with the American Red Cross! Disney served as a Red Cross ambulance driver in France during World War I. Likewise, Hemingway served as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. In fact, Hemingway's service was the inspiration for … Continue reading Uncle Walt, Papa, and The Prom Queen of Soul