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Archive for August, 2011

Online catalog now links to Wikimedia resources

A few weeks ago on The Text Message, I introduced Wikimedia’s Wikisource project to you. A sister project of Wikipedia, Wikisource is a free repository of primary-source texts which are transcribed, proofread, and arranged—like Wikipedia—collaboratively by a community of online volunteers. It is my pleasure to announce that, since August 15, Wikimedia’s presence now extends […]

Wikipedia Backstage Pass Tour and Scanathon

  On Saturday, August 6, more than a dozen Wikipedians attended the backstage pass tour and scanathon at the United States National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The day began at around 11 a.m., as attendees mingled casually among snacks and swag in a lecture room while others passed through security and registered for visitors […]

DC-Area Researcher’s Briefing: Presentation Materials from Thursday, August 18th

For those of you who were unable to attend the August 18, 2011, Researcher Users Group briefing on changes to the research space at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, the presentation and a script outlining what information was covered for each slide has been posted to the DC-area Researcher Users Group webpage. The […]

Appraising US District Court Records

Today’s post comes from Arian Ravanbakhsh, electronic records policy analyst in the Modern Records Programs at the National Archives. Our colleagues over at Records Express have written about the details of a records appraisal project that will result in considerably more records being transferred to us for permanent retention and made available for researchers. You […]

NARA Coast to Coast: Too Smart-o for Their Own Good

Not all crimes are worthy of great publicity. Petty thievery is commonplace, and certainly does not warrant a lot of attention.  However, some cases are considered “perfect” crimes. One happened near Chicago and is documented not only in the National Archives, but also on television. In 1981, William Smarto, along with assistance from his brother […]

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