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Archive for August, 2009

Question: If you could personalize your experience of NARA’s research Web pages and online catalog with a customized user account, what features would it include and how would they help you?

If you could personalize your experience of NARA’s research Web pages and online catalog with a customized user account, what features would it include and how would they help you? Our latest ARC update included a new feature called “My List,” which allows users to temporarily collect, print and email descriptions. These lists can be […]

Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records Online

Digitized and indexed marriage records from the Virginia Field Office of the Freedmen’s Bureau are available online via FamilySearch. FamilySearch digitized the microfilm and, in collaboration with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, coordinated volunteers who indexed the materials. The Virginia records are part of the pilot phase of the project to […]

Question: Should we allow the public to tag descriptions in our online catalog? Why or why not?

NARA is in the very early phases of designing its next generation online catalog.  Should we allow the public to tag catalog descriptions?  Why or why not? Our current online catalog, the Archival Research Catalog (ARC), does not allow for tagging.  Staff archivists can add subject terms from our authority list of approved subject headings (based on […]

Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to NARAtions, a blog about online public access to the records of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).   (Yes, we know the proper spelling of narration contains two r’s, but we couldn’t resist the pun!) We hope to hear from NARA researchers and anyone interested in the Archives on topics related to online access […]

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