Collaborate, Innovate, Learn

Difficult times demand innovative thinking. In March, the National Archives began closing buildings around the country in order to protect our staff and public from the pandemic. NARA staff members were plunged into a world where the work to support the mission of the agency became fully digital. In response, NARA quickly created a wide … Continue reading Collaborate, Innovate, Learn

Popup Exhibits Celebrate Women’s Suffrage Centennial

The National Archives, in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC), is providing 2,500 free Rightfully Hers popup displays to cultural institutions nationwide in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote.  While many of our institutions remain closed due to COVID-19, we are grateful for the … Continue reading Popup Exhibits Celebrate Women’s Suffrage Centennial

A Temple to American History

I recently walked the perimeter of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC as a reminder of the subtle and not so subtle ways the building's architecture emphasizes NARA’s mission.  The National Archives Building was designed as a temple to American history. The four monumental statues placed at the entrances to the building reflect its … Continue reading A Temple to American History

National Archives Operations during COVID-19: Mission Critical Functions Continue

The National Archives is committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff, and we continue to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While our museums and facilities are closed to the public, we are continuing to perform mission essential emergency services to support our nation and citizens. These mission … Continue reading National Archives Operations during COVID-19: Mission Critical Functions Continue

A Message to the Archival Community

The National Archives and Records Administration exists to provide access to the records that document the history of the United States. However, sometimes history happens around us and forces us to change the way we approach our work, at least for the time being. All of us are living through a historic crisis as we … Continue reading A Message to the Archival Community

New Archival Storage Space for Congressional Records at GPO

In February 2020, NARA took occupancy of new archival storage space for congressional records on the third floor of the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Building A, located on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC. The Center for Legislative Archives, the custodial unit responsible for the permanent, official records of the U.S. House of Representative, U.S. … Continue reading New Archival Storage Space for Congressional Records at GPO

A New Path for Exploration: Record Group Explorer

NARA staff have been developing a new digital tool that you can use to explore our records. The tool draws from over 100 million digital copies in our Catalog. And we are adding more digital copies every day. This can be overwhelming, especially to new users of the Catalog.  So we have been working to … Continue reading A New Path for Exploration: Record Group Explorer

Remembering Doc Edgerton

One of the great things about growing up the libraries of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was getting to work with retired faculty. No one ever seemed to really retire at MIT! Most retained their office or lab space, continued their research, and still used the libraries.  One of my favorites was Harold “Doc” Edgerton, … Continue reading Remembering Doc Edgerton

By the Numbers 2019

National Youth Administration (NYA) Photographs showing Projects in New England and New York, 1935 - 1942. National Archives Identifier 7350922 Number of Record Group descriptions in the National Archives’ Catalog: 569*Number of Collection descriptions in the Catalog: 4,752Number of creating organization authority files in the Catalog: 100,714 Number of person name authority files linked to descriptions: 23,709Number of geographic authority files … Continue reading By the Numbers 2019