Monthly Archives: November 2010

Blessings of Peace, Union and Harmony

President Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving in October 1863, which is well known for setting the precedent of our national holiday. Since 1863, we have celebrated Thanksgiving every year as a nation. Another Proclamation of Thanksgiving was issued a … Continue reading

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On Hallowed Ground: The History of Arlington National Cemetery

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Poole, author of On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery. In the following video, Mr. Poole discusses his experience as a researcher at the National Archives and several … Continue reading

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Happy Veterans Day!

Every day at the National Archives, we fulfill veterans’ requests for copies of their military records that document their service to our country. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO is an office of the National Archives, … Continue reading

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The Impact of Theft

While I was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, E. Forbes Smiley III stole more than 70 maps from our Map Division and Rare Books division. Only 33 of the maps were ever recovered. Mr. … Continue reading

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Are these Records?

Federal agencies’ Facebook posts, YouTube videos, blog posts, and tweets… are all of these Federal records? Increasingly, Federal agencies are using web 2.0 and social media tools to quickly and effectively communicate with the public. These applications, sites, and tools … Continue reading

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