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Did you know that the Micro film and public computers in the research area at National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region building on Third Avenue in Anchorage will be closed by the end of the fiscal year and the archives moved to Seattle? I do know that NARA is under financial pressure, and […]

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The following press release from the National Archives and Records Administration regarding a new exhibition opening Friday, November 8 on the Iraqi Jewish artifacts—See below: Washington, DC…On Friday, October 11, 2013, the National Archives will unveil a new exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials […]

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The National Archives is hosting the 9th annual forum on communications with former White House photographers on October 30th at 7 p.m. The event will be webcast live on the National ARchives UStream channel. The link is available on the following press release from NARA: “Washington, DC…On Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., the National […]

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The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is being permanently retired on August 15, 2013. Since you can still search descriptions and digital content using the Online Public Access search. Online Public Access has all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC as well as the ability […]

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“Washington, DC…On Friday, October 11, 2013, the National Archives will unveil a new exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of […]

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The latest press release form the United States National Archives and Records Administration regarding the FY 2014 budget is as follows: “Washington, DC April 10,2012, President Barack Obama sent to Congress his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Federal Government, which includes $385.8 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The requested […]

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We’ve often heard the opinion that the platform used by Wikipedia in which anyone can contribute is likely to be filled with errors and bias that would make it completely unreliable and unusable. This unfortunate perception continues in spite of evidence that Wikipedia is every bit as accurate as printed encyclopedias. The latest rumble is […]

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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a critical time 50 years ago and the National Archives and Records Administration and the JFK Library are marking the 50th Anniversary of the historic time with an exhibition “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis”, which features items from both collections. The news release from NARA is […]

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The following is a press release from the National Archives and Records Administration: “Washington, DC…The National Archives commemorates the War of 1812 bicentennial with a free display of a recently restored sail drawing of the USS Constitution created by sail maker Charles Ware in 1817. The drawing is on display today through Monday, September 3 […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration has today released a press notice to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act featuring Presidential records on a new web research page as follows: “Washington, DC…To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Archives is featuring Presidential records related […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has recently published an updated Open Government Plan for 2012-2014 designed to guide their efforts “in transparency, participation, and collaboration”. Although I can’t agree with the transparency, participation, and collaboration mantra for all government organizations, I believe that NARA always puts its best foot forward. Unlike some other […]

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The National Archives at San Francisco officially opened 40,000 case files on immigrants to the United States on May 22, 2012. The research room was dedicated to U.S. Representative Tom Lantos who pushed to have the files re-designated as records of permanent historical value. Transferred from the U.S. Cititzenship and Immigration Servives (USCIS), the files […]

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If you’d like to learn what records are available and where to look at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), there’s a series of presentations available from archivists, volunteers and other experts who share their knowledge of the NARA records with you. To learn more about the program click on Know Your Records.

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The following is an announcement from the National Archives and Records Administration regarding a new Microfilm Research Room: “A new Microfilm Research Room is scheduled to open on Monday, May 21, 2012, in the Robert M. Warner Research Center in the National Archives Building, Washington, DC. It will house 27 researcher carrels, 5 public use […]

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Hot on the heels of my post today about the Ancestry.com name search indexing project on the 1940 Census, I’d like to share a request from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for volunteers to help with their Name Search indexing effort. The current problem for many family researchers and genealogists is not […]

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The following is an announcement from The Foundation for the National Archives: “WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben. This 160-page step-by-step guide […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. The link to the site will be: 1940Census.archives.gov Click on the video below to watch the […]

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Beware! My personal opinion is voiced in this article. Here we go again. This is the most recent reported case of the theft of historical documents by a presidential historian and his assistant for profit.  Who would actually buy these artifacts and not realize that they were “hot” properties? Most of us have seen movies […]

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Sandy on September 29th, 2011

The following information was posted by the National Archives and Record Administration of the United States: “The National Archives just joined iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store giving users public access to thousands of free lectures, videos, books and podcasts from learning institutions all over the world.  If you already have iTunes on your […]

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Sandy on June 3rd, 2011

As of Monday, June 6th, when you make copies in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) research rooms in the Washington, area they will be printed on Windsor Blue paper. This is being done to help delineate which papers were copied on NARA equipment or printed at one of the public use PC printers […]

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The National Archives Science Working Group has just released a publication developed with a team of archivists, records managers, data managers and scientists in Federal agencies is designed to help Federal agency CIOs, IT program staff and records officers understand what procedures are in place now and what policies and process procedures need to be […]

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On May 5, NARA and five national and international research organizations met in Washington DC to launch a new international research portal for records related to Nazi-era cultural properties. The purpose of the project is to extend public access to the records through a single internet portal. This includes access to descriptions and digitized copies […]

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The following copied from the National Archives and Records Administration website to help spread the word  about a media conference scheduled by the NARA to take place on April 12. The discussion is one on how technology could improve access to government information for all. It’s  free and open to the public but registration is required. […]

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The following information was posted on the National Archives blog “NARations” including the link to the minutes of the February 18, meeting. Anyone involved in the research process will find this interesting. I’ve also provided a link to the NARations blog where you can see the very interesting blog comments: “The minutes from the Researcher […]

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Sandy on February 28th, 2011

According to the National Archives and Records Administration there are two words that records managers never want to hear—unauthorized destruction. This occurs when records are destroyed or deleted without an approved disposition; when a records has been approved for permanent retention; prior to the end of the approved retention period unless by court order;  when […]

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