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This morning in Dallas, TX, the Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Senior Archivist Greg Bradsher, and President of the Monuments Men Foundation Robert M. Edsel announced the discovery of two original albums of photographs of paintings and furniture looted by the Nazis.
The Monuments Men Foundation will donate these albums, which have been in private hands since the end of World War II, to the National Archives.
These albums were created by a special Nazi task force, the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), to document the systematic looting of Europe by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The ERR was the main Nazi agency engaged in the theft of cultural treasures in Nazi-occupied countries.
“The Foundation often receives calls from veterans and their heirs, who don’t know the importance of items they may have picked up during their service, or aren’t aware that anyone is looking for the items,” Edsel said. “These albums are just the tip of the iceberg for hundreds of thousands of cultural items still missing since World War II.”
In the closing days of World War II, U.S. soldiers entered Adolf Hitler’s home in the Bavarian Alps. Many picked up souvenirs to prove they had been inside the Berghof.
Cpl. Albert Lorenzetti (989th Field Artillery Battalion) and Pfc. Yerke Zane Larson (501st Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division) each took … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on March 27, 2012, under - World War II, News and Events, preservation, Rare Photos.
Tags: 989th Field Artillery Battalion, art, Berchtesgaden, Girl with Two Doves, hitler, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Monuments Men, Nazis, Nuremberg, Robert Edsel, Rothschild, stolen art, World War II, WWII
No, I’m not talking about January 18, when English Wikipedia went dark in protest of the House’s proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act.
(Just 10 years ago, having no Wikipedia would not have fazed me in the least. We still had a dial-up Internet connection, and I regularly visited a brick-and-mortar library for reference books and articles. How things have changed . . .)
No, January 18 made me think of the original Day of Infamy, December 7.
Last month, I was contacted by NARA’s own Wikipedian in Residence, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, regarding Wikipedia, NARA, and the events of December 7, 1941. Although we are more than a month past the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Wednesday’s events reiterates the significance of Wikipedia and reemphasizes NARA’s involvement with it.
“Not only are there multiple NARA images on the article, it also includes two of the images that were digitized on request by Benjamin Christensen from Still Pictures,” McDevitt-Parks said. “They are the articles lead image, and then the second one down. The first one is really useful because it actually gives a full-length side view of the ship, unlike most other images.”
“When I met the primary author of the article, Eddie Erhart, at … [ Read all ]
Posted by Victoria on January 20, 2012, under - World War II, preservation, Social Media Guides.
Tags: day of infamy, December 7, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, Pearl Harbor, PROTECT IP Act, SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, Wikipedia, Wikipedian in Residence
Although the National Archives Building was nearly completed in 1935, the Rotunda sat empty.
Then, on December 13, 1952, an armored Marine Corps personnel carrier made its way down Constitution Avenue, accompanied by two light tanks, four servicemen carrying submachine guns, and a motorcycle escort. A color guard, ceremonial troops, the Army Band, and the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps were also part of the procession. Members of all the military branches lined the street.
Inside the personnel carrier were six parchment documents. The records were in helium-filled glass cases packed inside wooden crates resting on mattresses.
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were going to the National Archives.
In 1926, $1 million was appropriated for a national archives building, and in 1930 President Hoover appointed an Advisory Committee for the National Archives to draw up specifications for the building. John Russell Pope was selected as architect, and a year later, ground was broken. By 1933, the cornerstone of the building had been put in place by President Herbert Hoover. Staff were working in the unfinished building by 1935.
But despite this flurry of activity, the vault-like building did not house the founding documents that we call the “Charters of Freedom.”
The documents had been shuttled around to various buildings for various reasons. They started out in the Department of State, and as the capital moved from New York to Philadelphia to Washington, DC, these documents moved too. Eventually … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on December 13, 2011, under - Constitution, - Great Depression, - Presidents, News and Events, preservation.
Tags: 1952, bill of rights, Constitution, December 13, declaration of independence, President Hoover, Rotunda
Last week’s image may have sparked some of our best captions yet! Apparently a giant roll of paper makes our readers think of their experiences in the National Archives research room, Twitter, and toilet paper at the State Department.
But it reminded us of another enormous rolled document featured on Pieces of History: a 1954 petition from Hawaii. And so we asked conservator Morgan Zinsmeister, who worked on that outsized record, to choose a winner.
Congratulations to Jill! Morgan thought your caption was the one we should preserve as the winner.
So what is really happening here? It turns out we made the right connection in thinking of Morgan and his Hawaiian petition. This photograph is from the “Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel, 1935–1975,” and it shows Archives employee Kay Brewington examining a large petition. (We admire her ability to crouch gracefully in that dress and those shoes!)
Today’s photograph also shows a woman hard at work under the glare of a bare lightbulb—but what is she teaching? Give us your best caption in the comments below!
Posted by Hilary on November 17, 2011, under petitions, Photo Caption Contest, preservation, Unusual documents.
Tags: 1954, caption contest, Hawaii, Kay Brewington, Morgan Zinmeister, National Archives staff
Americans are used to waiting in line for things they really want: tickets to a rock concert, a World Series game or a controversial new movie, for example.
At the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, this week some people waited all night for a brief look at one of the nation’s most historic documents — the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Proclamation was on display for 36 hours in conjunction with the showing at the museum of NARA’s “Discovering the Civil War” exhibit, which is on display there through September 5, before moving on to Houston and Nashville.
The Emancipation Proclamation, part of the National Archives’ holdings, is displayed very infrequently and for short periods because of its fragile condition, which exposure to light can worsen, and the need to preserve the document for future generations. On display in Dearborn were only two of the five pages and a replica of the front page; the document is double-sided.
With this historic document on display, the Henry Ford Museum got one of the biggest turnouts ever. The 36 hours began at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, and ended at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 22.
Press accounts reported that there were waits of up to six to eight hours, some of it in the rain.
The line was so long, according to Kate Storey, a museum spokesman, that it had to be cut off at … [ Read all ]
Posted by Jim on June 24, 2011, under - Civil War, News and Events, preservation, Unusual documents.
Tags: 36 hours, Dearborn, discovering the civil war, Emancipation Proclamation, Henry Ford Museum, Houston, Michigan, Nashville, President Lincoln, slavery