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October is American Archives Month! We’re celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts about the Presidential libraries. The records created by Presidents while in office will become part of the National Archives, and eventually will be used by researchers. Here’s how it happens!
Today’s post comes from Emily Niekrasz, an intern in the National Archives History Office in Washington, DC.
In the 1960s, if one called the Harry S. Truman Library, the former President himself may have answered.
Although Truman was apprehensive about constructing a “shrine” to himself—especially while he was still living—he understood the importance of preserving his Presidential papers for future scholars and administrations.
However, because the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library was the only precedent, the Presidential Libraries Act was still not law. The slow process of construction and planning a library meant that Truman’s papers were without a permanent home for years.
In January 1953, most of Truman’s papers were moved in 12 trucks from Washington, DC, to the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, MO, where the archival process of sorting through his papers began.
Even after the move, however, the President and First Lady Bess Truman continued to be overwhelmed by the volume of records.… [ Read all ]
Posted by Jessie Kratz on October 13, 2015, under - Presidents, American Archives Month, National Archives History, News and Events.
Tags: Bess Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Harry Truman, harry truman letters
When it comes to casualty statistics, we often compare wars. In World War II, it’s estimated that 50 million were killed. During the Civil War, over a half million people lost their lives. In World War I, nearly 16 million were killed.
There was one war that topped nearly all those charts. It happened in 1918, when the human race was fighting off the flu. Fifty million people died. One-fifth of the world was infected. In one year, the average life expectancy in the United States dropped 12 years because of the virus. Town meetings were canceled due to the flu, and one future President was worried when his wife came down with symptoms.
You can see startling images and documents relating to this epidemic in our online exhibit “The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.” This exhibit is just one of many online exhibits available at your fingertips from the National Archives.
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Posted by Rob Crotty on October 12, 2010, under - World War I, News and Events.
Tags: 1918, american history, deadly viruses, epidemic, h1n1, harry truman letters, history of the flu, how many people died from the flu, influenza, NARA, National archives and records administration, pandemics, prologue blog, weird US history