Heroes Work Here

The National Archives is home to an abundance of remarkable records that chronicle and celebrate the rich history of our nation. It is a privilege to be Archivist of the United States—to be the custodian of our most treasured documents and the head of an agency with such a unique and rewarding mission. But it … Continue reading Heroes Work Here

Commemorating the 19th Amendment Centennial

Today’s post comes from Debra Steidel Wall, Deputy Archivist of the United States and Commissioner on the Congressional Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. As the home of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives invites you to join our virtual commemoration of the centennial of the Constitutional amendment that guaranteed that "The right of citizens of the … Continue reading Commemorating the 19th Amendment Centennial

Celebrate July 4th Online with the National Archives!

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt a resolution of independence, declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved.  While John Adams originally recognized July 2, 1776 as “the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” he envisioned future celebrations … Continue reading Celebrate July 4th Online with the National Archives!

Founders Online Celebrates Seventh Anniversary

Seven years ago, we launched Founders Online. In partnership with the University of Virginia’s Rotunda electronic imprint and documentary edition projects, we made a freely accessible and searchable online resource for people to read the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.  At the June … Continue reading Founders Online Celebrates Seventh Anniversary

To Our Researchers

It seems like so long ago since we last saw you in our research rooms. We miss seeing you and helping you with your research.  The National Archives is committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the public. With the closure of our facilities, we have adjusted our operations to balance … Continue reading To Our Researchers

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 Donates Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

N-95 masks, nitrile gloves, gowns, Tyvek suits--these supplies are in high demand across the United States right now as hospital teams struggle to provide adequate protection for their staff responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The same equipment that is in short supply at hospitals is used by National Archives employees, preservation and conservation specialists, to … Continue reading National Archives Donates Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

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