Searching the Dawes Rolls

Today's post comes from Jason Clingerman, Digital Public Access Branch Chief at the National Archives. Are you looking to sharpen your research skills? We’re exploring some of the most requested records at the National Archives and how to search for them in the Catalog. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Applications for Enrollment in … Continue reading Searching the Dawes Rolls

Teaching from the Archives

Today’s post comes from Meredith Doviak, Community Manager for the National Archives Catalog.  Meredith recently spoke to Dr. Jaime Cantrell, Visiting Assistant Professor of English at The University of Mississippi. Dr. Cantrell has introduced undergraduate students to the importance of archival research and materials by encouraging them to become citizen transcribers for the National Archives … Continue reading Teaching from the Archives

The Catalog is Cooking!

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!

Get More from Archives.gov with our New Search

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

Try Out Our New Calendar of Events

Today’s post is the second in a series about recent enhancements to NARA’s flagship website, Archives.gov. From book signings to workshops, NARA’s educational programs and public events provide many opportunities to learn about America’s government and history. We host hundreds of events each year in locations across the country, including 13 Presidential Libraries, the National … Continue reading Try Out Our New Calendar of Events

Are you a Writer? Come Join us for NaNoWriMo Write Ins!

November is known for many things: Autumn weather, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving. It’s also known as NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. Every November thousands of folks (over 430,000 people signed up in 2015) spend November completing life dreams of novel writing. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Many of … Continue reading Are you a Writer? Come Join us for NaNoWriMo Write Ins!

Archives.gov is Now Mobile-Friendly!

A few days ago, our website underwent a substantial behind-the-scenes overhaul (learn more on the AOTUS blog). While most of the changes we made are “under the hood,” there are a few visible enhancements we’d like to highlight for you. Today’s post is the first in a series that will share some of the details … Continue reading Archives.gov is Now Mobile-Friendly!

Join us for a Gender Equality Edit-a-thon on October 22, 2016

Come out and join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Gender Equality in the Innovation Hub at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Register for this event today!     Help us improve Wikipedia entries related to gender equality with the National Archives and … Continue reading Join us for a Gender Equality Edit-a-thon on October 22, 2016

Your First Thoughts on the Social Media Strategy

This post is written by Jeannie Chen, Mary King, and Hilary Parkinson and is part of our ongoing series about our social media strategy. We welcome comments from staff, other cultural institutions, and the public, and will continue to update the strategy as a living document. When we introduced NARA’s new social media strategy in August, … Continue reading Your First Thoughts on the Social Media Strategy

The Wartime Films Project: Remembering WWI

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: Remembering WWI