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Celebrating the Faithful Colored Mammies of the South

Today’s blog post was written by Dr. Lopez D. Matthews, Archives Technician in the Holdings Maintenance Staff at the National Archives and current Secretary of the Afro-American History Society at NARA. He is also currently the Vice-President/President Elect of the National Archives Assembly.   The idea for a monument to the “Faithful Mammies of the South” began […]

The Significance of Motion Picture Footage Housed at the National Archives and Records Administration Relating to the African American Soldier

By Donald Roe, Associate Professor of History, Howard University, and former Archivist and Subject Area Expert in the Motion Picture Sound and Video Branch at NARA.   The film collection housed at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), consisting of both edited and unedited film footage, is among the largest in the world.  Included […]

Remembering 1963 through NARA Records

Today’s blog post is by Tina L. Ligon.   2013 marks the 50th anniversary of several significant events regarding the modern Civil Rights Movement. The year 1963 witnessed the murder of Mississippi activist Medgar Evers, the forced desegregation of the University of Alabama, the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs (MOW), the death of […]

Other Finding Aids Relating to African American History Post The Black History Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives and Records Administration

 Today’s Blog post is by Christina Violeta Jones, Ph.D. Dr. Jones is currently an Archivist in the Textual Records Reference Division at the National Archives in College Park, MD were she specializes in Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement Federal agency records.   There are several other printed findings aids […]

Making the Original Black History Guide

This week’s blog post is by Dr. Debra Newman Ham, a former Archivist at NARA and the editor of the original Black History Guide. Ham is currently a professor of history at Morgan State University   After I graduated as a history major from Howard University in 1970, I spent the summer working as an […]



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