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Archive for 'Civil Records'

Diplomats Expressing Displeasure

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. This blog post is derived from an article published on the web site “American Diplomacy: Foreign Service Despatches and Periodic Reports on U.S. Foreign Policy” An essential aspect of the U.S. foreign policy program, especially since the 1930s, is the use of […]

“North by Northwest” Starring…Mount Rushmore?

Today’s post is written by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver “This is only one more step in our national disintegration, a loss of respect for things sacred to our history. This guardianship has been entrusted to you and it’s high time you did something about it.” It was August 1959 and an […]

Know Your Records: Railroad Accident Reports

Today’s post is written by David Pfeiffer, a reference archivist at Archives II in College Park, Maryland. There has always been public interest in railroad accident reports, especially by genealogists eager to learn the circumstances of an accident that an ancestor was involved in.  The National Archives at College Park textual reference has accident report […]

Mason Hammond: The Early Activities of the First American Monuments Man in the Field

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of posts on real-life Monuments Men by Dr. Greg Bradsher. See also his posts on Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, Walter J. Huchthausen, and Seymour J. Pomrenze. The forthcoming movie, The Monuments Men, has focused great attention on the Monuments Men (and women) and their work during and […]

Rosslyn Skyline

Recently, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), a federal agency charged with planning for the Washington, DC area, released a draft study regarding the height of buildings inside the District of Columbia. The city of Washington, DC does not have skyscrapers like New York or Chicago, because of a law limiting tall buildings. This height limitation […]

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