Monthly Archives: April 2011

The One Who Got Away

This week I was in Kansas City visiting two of our three facilities in the area. The limestone caves at Lenexa hold both temporary and permanent records of Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska including the Internal Revenue … Continue reading

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Spies and Secret Writing

Iodite of potassium, sulphate of iron, nitrate of silver, rice starch, ferro cyanite of potassium, and even lemon juice. These are some of the ingredients necessary to reproduce the secret writing techniques described in the six documents declassified by the … Continue reading

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Mens et Manus: Reaching for the Future

On Sunday, I was honored to provide the keynote address for the Next Century Convocation at MIT, the institution which launched my career and shaped my worldview. I shared my thoughts on MIT’s striking founding vision and how pervasive its … Continue reading

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Understanding Watergate

A test of a nation’s commitment to transparency and self-government comes in how it explains to succeeding generations the more difficult or controversial moments of the past. Watergate is one such moment in our nation’s history — and a topic … Continue reading

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How to be a “Smooth Criminal”

You may think that the National Archives is an unlikely place to learn the secrets of Michael Jackson’s dance moves — but you’re wrong! Within Record Group 241, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, patent 5,255,452 gives us the … Continue reading

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