Archive for 'Reference'
Today’s post is written by Adam Minakowski, an archives technician who works with researchers in College Park. Opening a box of records in the Textual Research Room at Archives II, you expect to file folders stuffed with typed or handwritten documents. Sure, you’ll sometimes encounter log books, photos, and maps, but these are still paper-based [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on June 11, 2012, under Archives II, Military Records, Reference, Researchers.
So, what is in the RG 286 records and how should researchers approach diving in to world of USAID? Most important is for researchers to have as much specific information as possible depending on how specific your research needs are. Knowing specific offices, project names, beneficiary countries or regions, or any other relevant data that [...]
Posted by Alfie Paul on June 6, 2012, under Archives II, Civil Records, Reference, Researchers, The Process.
The National Archives has a program of presentations called Know Your Records through which archivists, volunteers, and others share their knowledge of our records with you, the public. It is a great way for interested individuals to learn what we have and how to use what we have to their advantage. The Text Message, in [...]
Today’s post is written by Kimberly Kronwall. My grandfather was an avid pilot and builder of airplanes. As a child, I remember walking into his garage to check on the progress of his latest Taylorcraft aircraft. Other than this limited exposure to airplanes (and the commercial flights I frequent) I am not by any means [...]
In her 2005 study Drawing The Line: Nature, Hybridity and Politics in Transboundary Spaces, geographer Juliet Fall recounts a parable from a tumultuous corner of Europe: “A local tale told of a man who was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, christened in Czechoslovakia, married in Hungary, had his first child in the USSR, and died [...]
Posted by Ashby Crowder on March 27, 2012, under Archives II, Civil Records, Reference.
In February 1963, the United Nations (UN) held the UN Conference on the Application of Science and Technology for the Benefit of the Less Developed Areas (UNCAST) in Geneva, Switzerland. This conference, held at the peak of the Cold War, brought together about 1,600 delegates from 96 countries, including delegations from both the West and [...]
Posted by Jason Clingerman on March 22, 2012, under Archives II, Civil Records, Reference.
The “National Archives Researcher News” recently carried an FAQ that provides guidance on ways to improve your research experience at the National Archives. It is reissued here to bring it to the attention of readers of The Text Message. HOW CAN I MAKE MY VISIT MORE SUCCESSFUL? The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) reference [...]
Several months ago, as part of a processing project relating to Record Group 516: Records of the Federal Judicial Center, 1967 – 1994, I did a little research on a woman named Alice L. O’Donnell. In the Archives Research Catalog, also known as ARC, a researcher can, according to the Archives.Gov website, search by a [...]
Posted by Marie Maxwell on March 15, 2012, under Archives I, Civil Records, Reference, The Process.
To assist researchers interested in records of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies, the most heavily used records in the National Archives, the Textual Archives Services Division has launched a newly revamped set of pages on the Archives’ website for providing an introduction to foreign affairs records. The conduct of foreign affairs [...]
Posted by David Langbart on March 5, 2012, under Civil Records, Digital Projects, Reference, Researchers, The Process.
Today’s post is by Alan Walker, a processing archivist at Archives II. As a kid I was captivated by the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The drama of such a man-made behemoth falling victim to an iceberg and the scope of the human tragedy conspired to trigger the imaginations of this impressionable youth. I read [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on February 27, 2012, under Archives II, Civil Records, Reference, The Process.