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Eyewitness

“Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” – Thomas Jefferson In my last post I raised the question of the role of museums in a digital world.  There are some obvious answers.  No one standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon would believe that a picture or […]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Phillip Dick’s 1974 novel with this title is one of best treatments of the blurring line between man and machine. You may know it from the film based on the novel, Blade Runner. When machines are indistinguishable from humans, Dick asks, what does it mean to be a machine or a human. I have always […]

How are you celebrating Sunshine Week?

This week is “Sunshine Week,” a week-long celebration of government openness!  Here’s a roundup of activities you might want to do as you celebrate Sunshine Week: Participate in the Open Government Idea Forum on IdeaScale.  Help shape the National Archives’ Open Government Plan.  Your ideas and input matter! Participate in the Managing Government Records discussion […]

Finding FDR in the Brooklyn Navy Yard: An example of “One NARA” at work.

Today’s post comes from Michael Horsley, a Digital Imaging Specialist with the Digitization Services Team. During a long day of scanning glass plate negatives in the Digital Image lab a fleeting image with an intriguing caption caught my eye during a quality control inspection session. As hundreds of images depicting various scenes of the Brooklyn […]

Putting Women on the Map: New Women’s History Collections on Historypin

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Greenhut, Education Technology Specialist, in the Education and Public Programs division. March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’ve created four new collections focusing on women of the past in the National Archives’ profile on Historypin. We began partnering with Historypin back in November, and have since been pinning historic […]

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