When you signed up as a researcher at the National Archives, what did our staff pull out of the stacks for you? Was it a photo of your great-grandfather with the Secretary of War as he received a commendation? Or did you find a telegraph your favorite president sent at the height of his career? We want to hear about the most memorable experience you’ve had researching with our archivists, and we want your fellow researchers to get inspired too.
For exactly this reason, the National Archives is proud to offer our take on the Society of American Archivists’ recent “I Found it in the Archives” contest . Whether you’ve been searching our holdings in Philadelphia or Oklahoma City, Anchorage or Washington, D.C., if you’ve visited a National Archives facility to do research or have been aided long-distance to find records that you need, we want to hear about the most important document we’ve helped you find.
Entering the contest is simple. You can either submit a 400-word written essay or a short (< two minutes) video. Whichever medium you choose, we ask that you describe your quest for information and explain why finding it has made a difference for you.
Submissions will be accepted June 9th through August 9th and public voting will take place August 23 through September 13th. Winners will be announced September 16th in celebration of Constitution Day. For more information and details on how to enter, please visit our info page or the I Found It in the National Archives Tumblr blog. Entries can be sent via email or post, or uploaded directly on Tumblr. We look forward to hearing what you’ve found in the National Archives!