You might already know that jelly beans were a staple in Cabinet meetings with President Reagan, or that President George H. W. Bush was not a particular fan of broccoli, but did you know the National Archives Catalog contains many food related records, including recipes from the White House chefs and First Families? The holdings … Continue reading The Catalog is Cooking!
Today’s post is the third (and last) in a series about recent enhancements to NARA’s flagship website, Archives.gov. On average, about 180,000 queries are entered into the search box on Archives.gov each month. Roughly 8-10% of those queries originate on our homepage. What these statistics tell us is that search is a critical pathway for … Continue reading Get More from Archives.gov with our New Search
This post comes from the team working on the Wartime Films engagement project, and is part of a series outlining how NARA is using design thinking to reach new and existing audiences. This project was made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Read the whole … Continue reading The Wartime Films Project: Choosing our User-Centered Design Pilot – A WWI App
It’s a fact that the National Archives holds billions of records. It’s also true that, even with the awesome level of description that staff accomplish each year, it’s a challenge to make items available online as fast as we’d like. Large scale digitization partnerships help, as does every individual record scanned by Citizen Archivists in … Continue reading National Archives at Boston Collaborates to Digitize Over 900 Popular Photos
From political campaigns to conventions, from constitutional amendments to landmark documents, the holdings of the National Archives document the history of American democracy in action. To share some of these historic moments, we are pleased to participate in Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, contributing thirteen interactive online exhibits that tell the story of presidential … Continue reading Sharing historic moments through Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy Collection
Summer is here and we hope your plans include visiting one or more of the 411 national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails in the National Park System. If you can’t make it to one of the locations found in every state, the District of … Continue reading National Park Service Turns 100
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In today's edition of Catalog Updates, Jason Clingerman, the National Archives' new Digital Public Access Branch Chief will focus on the improved search features that make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. What’s changed? You shouldn’t have to start your research with a hunt for the Search bar. We’ve relocated it to the center … Continue reading Catalog Search Gets an Upgrade
Today's post comes from Jason Clingerman, archives specialist in the Office of Innovation, Digital Engagement Division Have you visited the National Archives Catalog lately? Now’s a great time to stop by! The Catalog is the online public portal to National Archives records and information about our records. We’re excited to announce some big changes that will make … Continue reading Searching for Something? Try the New Catalog!
Today's post comes from Suzanne Isaacs of the Digital Public Access Branch in the Office of Innovation. Recently I met Alex Smith through an email he sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through our correspondence I learned that he began transcribing our records as a retirement project. I was really interested in transcription through the eyes of a Citizen … Continue reading Virtual Volunteering, Retirement Project 2.0