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Archive for January, 2011

NARA and The Digitization Partnership Project, an introduction

Today’s post is written by archives technician Kate Sohasky. What exactly is it that you do? This is the question I was repeatedly met with during my first weeks of training at the National Archives.  This is the question I continue to be met with when I speak with other NARA employees.  Allow me to introduce us […]

U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Research Report Document Files Consolidated

Today’s post is written by Tom McAnear, a processing archivist who works with civilian textual records. The Research Report document files from the Office of Research and Media Reaction in RG 306 (Records of the U.S. Information Agency) are important for researching both foreign and domestic opinion about key events, important issues, and the actions of […]

NARA’s 75th Anniversary – Discovering Our Own Records

Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, a processing archivist who works with civilian textual records. It’s NARA’s 75th Anniversary season, a perfect time to reflect on the impact which the National Archives has made on archival theory and practice in the United States. Spanning the continuum of archival administration, records appraisal, scheduling, accessioning, disposal, holdings […]

So…what's accessioning?

Today’s post is written by Sarah Farinholt and Meghan Ryan who work on the Accessioning team.    Ever wonder how documents get to the National Archives?  Before federal records become part of the National Archives holdings, they must be accessioned.  Accessioning is the process by which the National Archives takes legal and physical custody of records – it […]