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The National Archives keeps biggering and biggering on the Internet. Almost two years ago we sent out our first tweet, and just six months later we posted our first YouTube video. Since then we’ve expanded our online presence to suit every niche there is at the Archives, from those interested in records preservation and research, to those interested in policy, all the way down to folks like us who just like to rummage around and find interesting, well, pieces of history.

To better equip you with all that’s going on, we want you to better know our blogs. Here’s a rundown of what we’re currently working on. Expect this list to grow in the future, and be sure to let us know how we can better serve you.

  • AOTUS: Collector-in-Chief — You’ve heard of POTUS (the President) and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States); now you can throw AOTUS into the alphabet soup of DC. The Archivist of the United States’ own blog provides insight into what the man upstairs is thinking. A former Navy man and Beverly, Massachusetts, native, Archivist Ferriero recently stirred the pot with a debate on the birthplace of the Navy (Beverly claims the title, as do five other spots.) One of the other advantages of this weekly blog is that the Archivist, by nature of his title, gets the scoop
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The Constitution has a Facebook Page

While the Constitution may not update it’s own writing too often (the last time was in 1992), it does update its own Facebook page. So why not head on over and see what’s on the Constitution’s mind? The Constitution will be keeping tabs on the 1787 Constitutional Convention up until September 17 on the Notes tab. Have a look and check back often to see what’s new with our nation’s founding document.

The Consitution's own Facebook page!

The Consitution's own Facebook page!

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FR 2.0, now in English

What is the Archivist’s favorite thing about the Federal Register’s new website?  “Its translation into English, into words that make sense. I think that’s the biggest contribution,” Archivist Ferriero explains in a video detailing the history of the Federal Register.

And it’s true. The newspaper of the Federal Government has often been obscured in diplo-speak, but as part of the Federal Register’s digital overhaul, “English” translations are provided for each article and tell us regular folks just what’s going on in our government.

That’s certainly not the only change that turned the Federal Register into FR 2.0. An easily navigable website, social media links, and increased interactivity with the journal has transformed an old print behemoth into the cutting edge of Open Gov.

Who is responsible for the overhaul? It really comes down to three developers who accepted the Sunlight Foundations Apps for America 2 challenge. Hear their story on “Inside the Vaults,” and a cover story on the new website below.

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Top 10 National Archives Web Sites

The National Archives is a behemoth of information.

There are 10 billion or so pages of documents and hundreds of thousands of reels of motion picture footage, all spread out among regional archives, Presidential libraries, and Federal Records Centers to name a few.  But the National Archives family is bigger than just that: we’ve also got the Federal Register and administer the Electoral College, along with the National Declassification Center and plenty of other organizations.

Because of this, navigating through the National Archives—digitally or otherwise—can get a little intimidating. That’s why we here at Pieces of History have put together a top 10 list of some of our favorite haunts in the digital world of the National Archives. By no means is this an official list, or a complete one, or an authoritative compendium/finding aid/compass to navigate the Archives. But it isn’t a bad place to start. Have a NARA website you love, but we missed? Let us know!

fr2010) The Federal Register. Admittedly, this might not look like much now, but FR 2.0, a private/public web site overhaul of the Federal Register, goes live on July 26 and will blow your mind. The sneak peeks show a sleek and user-friendly website that has finally harnessed the power of the contents of the Federal Register.  So what is the Federal Register? It’s the newspaper of … [ Read all ]

What’s on in your neck of the woods?

Each month the National Archives in the Regions puts together a calendar of events that lays out all the great things going on around the country related to our nation’s records. At the top of that calendar is always a great story based on a few records found in our regional locations, and this month is no exception. Read about Mickey Mantle, Ernest “Mr. Cub” Banks, and the Selective Service; and then find out which regional archives is closest to you!

The National Archives in the Regions July Calendar of Events

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