Monthly Archives: January 2011

Family Tree Friday: An overview of Vietnam War-era records

As I’ve been reviewing pertinent records over the past several weeks relating to 20th-century military service, it’s finally time to say a few words about those that document the Vietnam War.  Instead of focusing on any one specific series, a general … Continue reading

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"What Are You Working On, Meghan Ryan?"

Ever wonder what exciting new projects the many employees at NARA are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog feature aims to introduce a variety of NARA employees and highlight some of the exciting projects we are working … Continue reading

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Keeping NARA out in front for Digital Democracy

Last month, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted their report to the President and to Congress, “Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology.“ In this report, the PCAST provides recommendations – with specific mention of NARA’s role in Digital Democracy – regarding IT research priorities, challenges, and opportunities for the Federal government in the years ahead. Continue reading

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Citizen Archivists on Flickr

The National Archives’ photostream on Flickr has been a popular place for our users to view, comment, and discuss photos in our collection since June 2009.  We recently hit 2 million views on our photos on Flickr.  As we’ve seen … Continue reading

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Keep Up with the National Archives and Follow @USNatArchives!

If you’ve ever wished you could make it to a National Archives event, but couldn’t quite get there, we now have a solution for you!  The National Archives is launching a new Twitter feed that will feature live tweets from … Continue reading

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Have you tried Online Public Access?

Online Public Access (OPA) launched to the public on December 27th. What is Online Public Access? It’s the public search and display for online access to our records or information about our records. What does it contain? OPA contains all … Continue reading

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"What Are You Working On, Robert Gaugler?" Volunteer Edition!

In early December, the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, awarded Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards to three National Archives volunteers.  Robert Gaugler was honored for his leadership of volunteer projects to make America’s military records more accessible. What’s … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Birthday, Wikipedia!

Ever been to a birthday party for an encyclopedia? No? Well, here’s your chance. Wikipedia turns 10 tomorrow, and there will be celebrations worldwide over the next two weeks. On Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, it’s our turn to get in … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Korean War-era Command Reports

While World War II usually dominates attention as the largest and most important U.S. war of the 20th century, let’s also consider that perennially “forgotten” conflict of the early 1950s, the Korean War.  The participation of U.S. military units in the … Continue reading

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"What Are You Working On, Mark Conrad?"

Ever wonder what exciting new projects the many employees at NARA are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog feature aims to introduce a variety of NARA employees and highlight some of the exciting projects we are working … Continue reading

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