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Last year, I tried to get a discount on my entrance fee to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by explaining that I worked at the National Archives. The woman at the counter frowned at me. “The National Archives,” she said. “What’s there?” The Constitution, a copy of the Magna Carta, I told her. It’s open [...]
Pennsylvania Avenue is synonymous with iconic destinations and extraordinary events. From the White House to the United States Capitol, the notable institutions that line the street have hosted many of America’s most momentous occasions. Last month, the National Archives Building at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue continued this tradition by holding its Eighth Annual Genealogy Fair. The [...]
Posted by Gregory Marose on May 3, 2012, under Genealogy, News and Events, Social Media Guides.
Tags: 1940 census, Eighth Annual Genealogy Fair, genealogy, indexing, indexing the 1940 census, Pennsylvania Avenue
This week, NARA will be premiering a film halfway across the globe in Beijing, China, for the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). Our film preservation lab will be represented by Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist Criss Kovac. “We rejoined FIAF last spring, and it’s required for us to send a member to the conference each spring,” [...]
Posted by Victoria on April 23, 2012, under News and Events, Rare Videos.
Tags: 1949, animation, Beijing, cartoon, FIAF, film motion picture, International Federation of Film Archives, Navy recruitment, preservation, The Sailor and the Seagull, US Navy
While Union and Confederate forces clashed on southern battlefields in 1862, a historic piece of legislation ended “the national shame” of slavery in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia Emancipation Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862. The legislation provided for immediate emancipation and monetary compensation to former [...]
Don’t be fooled by the sleepy demeanor of this mustachioed man. It’s 1933, and the world is changing. And the Federal Government would be recording these changes on April 1, 1940. Over 120,000 enumerators would fan out across 48 states and 2 territories, with copies of this Federal Decennial Census Population Schedule. They would use [...]
Posted by Hilary on March 30, 2012, under - Great Depression, Facial Hair Fridays, Genealogy, News and Events.
Tags: 1940 census, Anna May Wong, April 2, census, Depression, Dorothea Lange, federal government, live webcast, mustache