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Archive for April, 2013

Hello? Hello? How to Answer the Phone in a Few Easy Steps: Secretarial Training of the 1960s

Today’s post is the second in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. If you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss yesterday’s post! In the life of the modern secretary, communication is an important part of our daily […]

Flashback! Secretaries of the 1950s and 1960s: Do You Have What it Takes to be One?

This week we’re publishing a series of posts by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Today marks the beginning of Administrative Professionals Week. Since the advent of television and the movies, Americans have come to love secretarial characters from Miss Hathaway in the Beverly Hillbillies to Mrs. Wiggins in […]

What’s in a name? The story behind the series title “Ciano Papers: Rose Garden”

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. The National Archives of the United Kingdom has many interesting record series titles.  One of my favorites is “Mussolini’s personal files (the ‘Handbag’ files).”  This series consists of the papers that Mussolini was carrying in two handbags when he was captured in April 1945.  Likewise, the National […]

On the Waterfront, or, The Smell of Discovery

Today’s post is by College Park processing archivist Alan Walker. True story: Thursday, March 28 was shaping up to be a typical day. I had before me a cart’s worth of boxes full of case files from the Department of Justice that needed to be listed for a spreadsheet of “temporary” files to be disposed. These […]

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