Archive for 'The Process'
Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and is a continuation of yesterday’s post. On October 31, 1984, Leonard retired from the National Archives and the next day began turning over to Jim Hutson copies of all the documents he had collected. For the next fifteen months, in his 1952 DeSoto, Leonard traveled the same ground he [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on April 30, 2013, under Archives I, Civil Records, History, Policy and Procedures, Reference, Researchers, The Process.
Have you ever considered a career in archival work? This week, we’re publishing a two-part post by Dr. Greg Bradsher remembering one of NARA’s archivists. The National Archives and Records Administration has been very fortunate to have among its ranks many “giants” of the archival profession. It has also had its share of interesting characters. Leonard [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on April 29, 2013, under Archives I, Civil Records, History, Outside NARA, Reference, Researchers, The Process.
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 [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on April 15, 2013, under Archives II, History, Military Records, The Process.
The motto of the National Archives is “What is Past Is Prologue.” Recently, while assisting a researcher at Archives II, I ran into my Dad, even though he died several years ago. A bit of background will help you understand. My father’s first Government service, like most in his generation, came in the military during [...]
Posted by David Langbart on February 25, 2013, under Civil Records, History, Researchers, The Process.
From time to time while working in the records, NARA staff find documents that provide new perspectives on events through which they lived. I recently had that experience. I remember well the terrible humanitarian disaster that befell local populations as Yugoslavia ripped itself apart during the 1990s. I remember, too, how many commentators expressed surprise [...]
Posted by David Langbart on January 23, 2013, under Archives II, Civil Records, History, The Process.
Today’s post (part one in a two-part series) is by National Archives Volunteer Bill Nigh. When I was assigned my first volunteer project, one associated with the U.S. Secret Service (Record Group 87), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like many my age, I picture the Secret Service agent climbing on the rear deck of [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on January 10, 2013, under Archives II, Civil Records, The Process.
Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. During the first days of August 2012, at Archives II, I looked at three archival boxes that were labeled as Captured Korean Documents. They were Japanese documents, bound together in small groups of pages by the Allied Translator and Interrogator Section (ATIS) of MacArthur’s General Headquarters, [...]
Posted by Guest Blogger on August 10, 2012, under Archives II, Military Records, The Process.
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 [...]
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.