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Civil War and Later (SC) Pension Application Files Re-Boxing Preservation Project

Our guest blogger today is Dennis Edelin, Chief, Forms Section at Archives I. On September 26, 2011, the National Archives began a preservation re-boxing project.  The purpose of the project is to re-box the nearly 900,000 Solider Certificate (“SC”) Civil War and Later pension application files in our custody.  Please note, these records are not leaving […]

The War of 1812: Beyond Battle Reports and Correspondence

In a previous blog (Music at the National Archives, June 2011) I wrote about those rare instances when archivists and researchers come across a document that stands out because it is so different from what is usually found within our holdings.  On one occasion I located two such records within the Secretary of War records at Archives […]

Researching Forts at Archives I

A common research topic concerns information on military installations, i.e., forts, camps, depots, barracks, etc.  Generally, the bulk of the records we have relate to permanent installations, but we do have a few records pertaining to some temporary posts. Records relating to military installations can be found in a number of different record groups in […]

Music at the National Archives

RG 93 (War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records), Entry 50 (Music Book, n.d.) As most researchers are aware, the National Archives has many records that are administrative in nature.  In some very rare cases, however, we do come across a document that is so much more interesting than the everyday letter sent to and […]

Civil Records at Archives I

“What records do you have here?” is a common question we are asked everyday at Archives I.  This post — Part 3 of a 3-part series — provides a brief description of the civilian agency records one can find at our facility in Washington, DC.  Part 1, Army [records at AI], and Part 2, Navy/Maritme [records […]

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