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Private SNAFU: Fighting Tools
 
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In this installment, Private SNAFU learns the lessons of a weapons maintenance. Private SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fouled Up) was produced as a series of instructional cartoons by the US Army Signal Corps, and was originally created by Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-private-snafu-fighting-tools.pdf
Views: 156153 US National Archives
Private Snafu, in "Rumors.", 1944
 
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Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://amara.org/en/videos/NQfzZOR3Hu3R/info/private-snafu-in-rumors-1944/ Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964) (Most Recent) Series : Documentary Films, compiled ca. 1914 - ca. 1944 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 1944 Scope & Content: A cartoon comedy illustrating the effect of rumors. Taking a chance remark that the weather is good for bombing, Pvt. Snafu starts a rumor, becomes increasingly panicky, and is finally confined in a psychopathic ward. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 35828 Local Identifier: 111-M-930 http://research.archives.gov/description/35828
Views: 107138 US National Archives
Private Snafu v. Malaria Mike, 1944
 
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Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://amara.org/en/videos/BFDdprPw90bV/info/private-snafu-v-malaria-mike-1944/ Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964) (Most Recent) Series : Documentary Films, compiled ca. 1914 - ca. 1944 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 1944 Scope & Content: An animated cartoon. Snafu disregards antimosquito measures and is stung by malaria Mike. After contracting malaria Snafu regrets his carelessness. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 35853 Local Identifier: 111-M-1035 http://research.archives.gov/description/35853
Views: 97401 US National Archives
Private Snafu in "Going Home.", 1944
 
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Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://amara.org/en/videos/00gG1cflDAVd/info/private-snafu-in-going-home-1944/ Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964) (Most Recent) Series : Documentary Films, compiled ca. 1914 - ca. 1944 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 1944 Scope & Content: A cartoon in which Snafu returns to Podunk and brags about knowledge of strategy and technical developments. The radio announces that violations of security measures have led to the destruction of his unit. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 35868 Local Identifier: 111-M-1085 http://research.archives.gov/description/35868
Views: 85656 US National Archives
Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech Origins and Significance
 
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address, known for its warnings about the growing power of the "military-industrial complex," was nearly two years in the making. This Inside the Vaults video short follows newly discovered papers revealing that Eisenhower was deeply involved in crafting the speech, which was to become one of the most famous in American history. The papers were discovered by the family of Eisenhower speechwriter Malcolm Moos and donated to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Eisenhower Library director Karl Weissenbach and presidential historian and Foundation for the National Archives board member Michael Beschloss discuss the evolution of the speech. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL52D84470A66DAC4A
Views: 181777 US National Archives
Don't Be a Sucker
 
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National Archives Identifier: 24376 Local Identifier: 111-EF-6 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/24376 Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (9/18/1947 - 3/1/1964) (Most Recent) From: Series: Educational Films, 1942 - 1947 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 This item was produced or created: 1945 Other Title(s):Educational Film, no. 6 Scope & Content: Dramatizes the destructive effects of racial and religious prejudice. Reel 1 shows a fake wrestling match and "crooked" gambling games. An agitator addresses a street crowd; he almost convinces one man in the audience until the man begins to talk to a Hungarian refugee from Germany. A Nazi speaker harangues a crowd in Germany denouncing Jews, Catholics, and Freemasons. Reel 2, a German unemployed worker joins Hitler's Storm Troops. SS men attack Jewish and Catholic headquarters in Germany, and beat up a Jewish storekeeper. A German teacher explains Nazi racial theories; the teacher is dragged away by German soldiers. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) National Archives at College Park 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540 Email: [email protected]
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Learn about the 1940 Census at 1940census.archives.gov
 
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A National Archives 3:13 minute video short provides a "behind-the-scenes" view of staff preparations for the April 2, 2012, 9 a.m. EST launch of the 1940 census, and gives viewers a tutorial on how to use the data once it is launched. This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution of it. The National Archives has launched its new website 1940census.archives.gov in preparation for its first-ever online U.S. census release, which will take place on April 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (EST). The public is encouraged to bookmark the website now in order to more quickly access the 1940 census data when it goes live. No other website will host the 1940 census data on its April 2, release date. Background on the 1940 Census While the original intent of the census was to determine how many representatives each state was entitled to send to the U.S. Congress, it has become a vital tool for Federal agencies in determining allocation of Federal funds and resources. The census is also a key research tool for sociologists, demographers, historians, political scientists and genealogists. Many of the questions on the 1940 census are the standard ones: name, age, gender, and race, education, and place of birth. But the 1940 census also asks many new questions, some reflecting concerns of the Great Depression. The instructions ask the enumerator to enter a circled x after the name of the person furnishing the information about the family; whether the person worked for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24--30, 1940; and income for the 12 months ending December 31, 1939. The 1940 census also has a supplemental schedule for two names on each page. The supplemental schedule asks the place of birth of the person's father and mother; the person's usual occupation, not just what they were doing the week of March 24--30, 1940; and for all women who are or have been married, has this woman been married more than once and age at first marriage. For the release of the 1940 census online, the National Archives has digitized the entire census, creating more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps, and enumeration district descriptions.
Views: 128675 US National Archives
S.S. Lusitania Leaves New York City on Last Voyage
 
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Note: Intertitles have been extended in order to increase readability. Does not reflect original record. Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 9/18/1947-2/28/1964 (Most Recent) Series: Historical Films, ca. 1914 - ca. 1936 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 1936 Other Title(s):Historical Film, No. 1221 Sound Type: Silent Scope & Content: Passengers arrive at the dock and go aboard the ship. The Lusitania's flag is raised. Passengers, including author Elbert Hubert, pose at the ship's rail. Tugs maneuver the Lusitania into the channel. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 24726 Local Identifier: 111-H-1221 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/24726
Views: 50011 US National Archives
Private Snafu in "Censored.", 1944
 
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Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964) (Most Recent) Series : Documentary Films, compiled ca. 1914 - ca. 1944 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 1944 Scope & Content: A cartoon in which Snafu writes to Sally that he is going to the South Pacific. The letter is censored and he unsuccessfully tries to mail an uncensored letter. On a Pacific island he dreams that he was successful but that the Japanese got the information and set a trap. He awakens and realizes the danger of revealing information. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 35864 Local Identifier: 111-M-1076 http://research.archives.gov/description/35864
Views: 1040350 US National Archives
Japanese Planes Bomb Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Explodes & Sinks
 
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Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. (12/1/1959 - ca. 1998) (Most Recent) Series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980 Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004 This footage was filmed during the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The photographer captured footage of an explosion aboard the USS Arizona. Production Date: 12/7/1941 General Note: Original made by Capt. Eric Hakansson, M.M., on 16mm. This is a35mm blown up. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 76168 Local Identifier: 428-NPC-1730 National Archives Catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/76168
Views: 86115 US National Archives
Research at the National Archives
 
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Learn what to expect when you research at the National Archives. This video addresses how to enter the National Archives building in Washington, DC, what security measures the National Archives uses, what you're allowed to bring into the research room with you, and how to use the research room and records.
Views: 38668 US National Archives
Harry S. Truman — Life at the White House
 
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Life in the White House was a lavish experience for the Man from Independence. In this deleted footage from Columbia Pictures' 1964 "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman," Truman weighs in on what it's like to dine at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Transcript (PDF): http://www.archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-truman-life-at-white-house.pdf
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Watergate: The 18 ½ Minute Gap and Haldeman's Notes
 
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Three days after the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff H.R. "Bob" Haldeman met in the Executive Office Building to discuss the incident. This Inside the Vaults video short examines the famous 18 ½ minute gap in the White House tapes, which occurred during this meeting. A multi-agency team under National Archives direction examined Haldeman's two pages of notes, attempting to decipher what was said in the gap in the tape. Nixon Library director Timothy Naftali, David Paynter of the National Archives and independent researcher Phil Mellinger discuss the case and the results of the forensic analysis. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
Views: 36783 US National Archives
Veterans Personnel Records at the National Archives, St. Louis
 
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This Inside the Vaults video short illustrates the primary purpose of the National Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO — to preserve the nation's military personnel files in perpetuity and to make them available to veterans and other interested parties. Air Force veteran and NPRC archives technician Bruce Bronsema demonstrates how veterans can request copies of their records with a simple online application, available at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. As the video details, NPRC receives 4,000 to 5,000 requests each day for military personnel records. According to Director Scott Levins, the NPRC responds to 90 percent of those requests within 10 days. Levins leads viewers through the process from beginning to end, showing where the records are stored and how they are retrieved and copied before being mailed to requestors. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
Views: 32688 US National Archives
America's Veterans and the National Archives
 
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How does a veteran apply for a copy of his military service records? Can this be done online? How does the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC), operated by the National Archives, in St. Louis process these requests? How many requests are received each week? And how long does it take? The National Archives-produced 3:06 minute "Inside the Vaults" video short "America's Veterans and the National Archives," is a journey inside the vaults of one of the National Archives and Records Administration's largest operations. The video features National Archives employee and veteran Ricky Moe as he traces his own military file. NPRC staff showcase both the hi-tech and the low tech -- from computer systems that track each request, to painstaking work by conservators to reconstruct documents damaged by a devastating fire in 1973. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said "As a Navy veteran myself, I know the importance of having access to military records. The NPRC preserves and makes these records available to those who have served our nation." For more "Inside the Vaults" videos check out: http://www.youtube.com/usnationalarchives
Views: 48969 US National Archives
Curious Alice, 1971
 
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Find out more about this film, featured in "The Unwritten Record," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division: http://blogs.archives.gov/unwritten-record/2013/07/17/the-curious-case-of-curious-alice/ and http://blogs.archives.gov/unwritten-record/2014/10/07/a-curious-alice-coloring-book/ This drug abuse educational film portrays an animated fantasy based upon the characters in "Alice in Wonderland." The film shows Alice as she toured a strange land where everyone had chosen to use drugs, forcing Alice to ponder whether drugs were the right choice for her. The "Mad Hatter" character represents Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), the "Dormouse" represents sleeping pills, and the "King of Hearts" represents heroin. Ultimately, Alice concluded that drug abuse is senseless. Creator: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Public Health Service. Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. (09/25/1973 - 05/04/1980) Series: Moving Images Relating to Addiction and Mental Health, compiled 1973 - 1980, documenting the period 1966 - 1971 Production Date: 1971 Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-3540; FAX: 301-837-3620; EMAIL: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 2602586 Local Identifier: 511.50
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A Step Saving Kitchen, 1949
 
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Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://amara.org/en/videos/QD9iPTtZppU6/info/a-step-saving-kitchen-1949/ Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Office of Public Affairs. (1990 - 1995) (Most Recent) Series : Public Information and Training Motion Picture and Television Productions, compiled 1990 - 1995 Record Group 16: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1794 - ca. 2003 Production Date: 1949 Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 1783 Local Identifier: 16-P-1045 http://research.archives.gov/description/1783
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Preservation and Access: Digitization Services at the National Archives
 
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A look inside the digitization labs at the National Archives, where a dedicated team of technicians uses state-of-the-art technology to preserve the Archives' remarkable holdings. Once digitized, the records are available to the public online. Motion pictures, still photographs, paper documents, audio-video recordings are some of the records shown being digitized in the labs of the National Archives in this video.
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Happy Holidays from Barney and Spotty, 2002
 
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Reference Unit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Title: Happy Holidays from Barney and Spotty, 2002 Creator: White House Communications Agency Description: Happy Holidays from the first pets Barney and Spotty, Holiday 2002, The White House Tape ID: WHTV 1916 Rights Status: Unrestricted Rights Object: Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives
 
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In this Inside the Vaults video short, Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante literally takes viewers inside the Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents. They include: • The original text of the "Virginia Plan," Edmund Randolph's proposal for a national government that included three co-equal branches: "supreme legislative, judiciary and executive"; • A printed copy of the Constitution with George Washington's handwritten annotations; • The final printed copy of the Constitution, which was delivered to the Constitutional Convention September 13, 1787, approved by vote on September 15, and then signed on September 17; and • The state of Pennsylvania's ratification copy of the Constitution — unlike the four-page version of the Constitution on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC, the entire text is on one enormous sheet of parchment so it could be more easily transported. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/NNljwi.
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Magna Carta Conservation Treatment
 
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Magna Carta, during conservation treatment at the National Archives, revealed previously illegible writing through ultra-violet photography. This Inside the Vaults video short follows the National Archives' senior conservators Terry Boone and Morgan Zinsmeister as they remove old repairs, fill areas of loss with conservation paper, and humidify and flatten the document during its conservation treatment, the first phase of its re-encasement and public display. The document, written on parchment in 1297 with iron gall ink, is one of 17 surviving versions of Magna Carta in the world today and the only copy in North America. It is currently loaned to the National Archives by owner David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C., and is the only privately owned copy. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
Views: 34934 US National Archives
Lincoln Document Altered by Researcher at National Archives
 
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This Inside the Vaults video short details the altering of an original Lincoln document by independent researcher Thomas Lowry. Lowry admitted that he smuggled a pen into the research room in the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., and used it to change the date on a pardon issued by Lincoln to Union soldier Patrick Murphy, who had been sentenced to death by court martial. Lowry changed the year so that Lincoln's signature was dated April 14, 1865, the day Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater. Lowry then claimed he had found what was likely the final document signed by President Lincoln before his death, granting life to a condemned man. Former Chief of Reference Trevor Plante and Investigative Archivist Mitch Yokelson discuss the case in this video from the National Archives. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
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Preservation Lab at the National Archives-- Boxing our Treasures
 
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The video takes viewers inside the preservation lab at the National Archives where specialists construct custom boxes for items as varied as a Cold War-era pistol and a 1761 Indian treaty. The boxes can be simple affairs, built to house a book -- or extremely complex, holding multiple, related items in multi-chambered constructions. Conservation technician Richard Hnat shows how items are digitally measured and conservation specialist Doug Mcrae shows how those measurements are translated into custom instructions for the Archives' automated box-making machine. Gail Harriman explains that the materials used to construct housings meet rigid archival standards: acid free, lignin free, high cotton content, etc.
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Declaration of Independence
 
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The original Declaration of Independence is on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives. In this Inside the Vaults video short, supervisory conservator Catherine Nicholson discusses the conservation treatment and re-encasement of the document. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae. "Inside the Vaults" will cover a host of topics including highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. Created by a former broadcast network news producer, these shorts will present "behind the scenes" exclusives and offer surprising glimpses of the National Archives treasures. These videos are in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution of them.
Views: 89047 US National Archives
Democracy Starts Here: What's in the National Archives?
 
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What is the National Archives and Records Administration? It's more than the home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. It's more than the nine billion documents in its holdings. The National Archives is the nation's direct link to not only its past as a country, but to your past, too. This is all part of why democracy starts here at the National Archives.
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How to Succeed with Brunettes, 1967
 
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Find out more about this film, featured in "The Unwritten Record," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division: https://unwritten-record.blogs.archives.gov/2013/05/01/dont-shut-your-date-in-the-door-military-dating-dos-and-donts/ Title: How to Succeed with Brunettes, 1967 National Archives Identifier: 4523330 / Local Identifier: 330-DVIC-25147 Item from Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008 Series: Motion Picture Films and Video Recordings on Four Decades of U.S. Military Activities Around the World, compiled ca. 1950 - ca. 1990 Creator: Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense. (09/18/1947 - ) Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. Phone: 301-837-3540 Fax: 301-837-3620 email: [email protected] Production Date: 1967 Scope & Content: Synopsis: Proper and improper etiquette on a movie date and at a formal dance with receiving line.
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Two Breaths To..., ca. 1979
 
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Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://amara.org/en/videos/AN5nu0OLEyMd/info/two-breaths-to-ca-1979/ Creator(s): Department of Energy. (10/01/1977 - ) (Most Recent) Series : Moving Images Relating to Energy, compiled 1977 - 1985, documenting the period ca. 1948 - ca. 1985 Record Group 434: General Records of the Department of Energy, 1915 - 2007 Production Date: ca. 1979 Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly Note: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Scope & Content: This animated film dramatizes the danger of working in oxygen-deficient conditions. It was intended for viewing by mine and construction workers in order to promote safety and prevent accidents. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 4487046 Local Identifier: 434.865 http://research.archives.gov/description/4487046
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DC Emancipation Act
 
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On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the D.C. Emancipation Act, freeing enslaved persons in Washington, DC. Their owners were compensated by the U.S. Treasury Department. In this Inside the Vaults video short, Documentary Archivist Damani Davis discusses the petitions filed by owners and slaves under the Act and the details they reveal about the enslaved African-American community at the time. Archivist Robert Ellis explains how the process worked. Kenneth Winkle, Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explains how the University's new website, Civil War Washington (http://www.civilwardc.org), will make the petitions available to researchers. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
Views: 7258 US National Archives
This place in time: The Mount St. Helens story
 
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Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Forest Service. 7/1/1905- (Most Recent) Series: Forest Service Public Information Films and Public Service Announcements, 1945 - 1995 Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 - 2008 Production Date: 1984 Scope & Content: Recounts through reenactments, personal recollections, and documentary narration, the earth-changing event and aftermath of the May 18, 1980, volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of southwest Washington. The film represents the work of dozens of both professional and amateur cinematographers and still-photographers. The film leaves the viewer with a positive feeling that the devastated area will someday be beautiful again during the course of the earth-shattering and earth-healing process. DocsTeach: http://docsteach.org/documents/13504/detail Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 13504 Local Identifier: 95.206 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/13504
Views: 22629 US National Archives
The Hawaiian Islands, 1924
 
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Creator(s):Ford Motor Company. (Most Recent) Series : Motion Picture Films Relating to the Ford Motor Company, the Henry Ford Family, Noted Personalities, Industry, and Numerous Americana and Other Subjects, compiled ca. 1903 - ca. 1954 Collection FC: Ford Motor Company Collection, ca. 1903 - ca. 1954 Production Date: 1924 Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly Specific Use Restriction: Copyright Note: All rights were conveyed to the U.S. Government on Nov. 28, 1962. However, proprietary rights or existing copyright in footage obtained from other sources by Ford Motor Company may exist. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] http://research.archives.gov/description/91174 National Archives Identifier: 91174 Local Identifier: FC-FC-484
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Preservation Lab at the National Archives, St. Louis
 
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Go behind-the-scenes to see NPRC's new state-of-the-art preservation lab. In 1973 a fire in NPRC's former building destroyed 18 million military personnel files. Six million more were recovered with varying degrees of fire and water damage. As individual files are requested, preservation technicians painstakingly treat the documents for damage and mold. Preservation officer Marta O'Neill and her staff demonstrate the arduous work required to preserve these permanent records of the United States. The preservation lab also treats archival microfilm, an extensive process shown in the video. In the digital section of the preservation lab, military personnel files of "Persons of Exceptional Prominence" are scanned and the images transferred to CDs. In this manner frequently requested records are removed from circulation and preserved, even as their contents are made available to the public. And in a startling display of digital technology, viewers see how text seemingly lost to fire damage can be restored to legibility.
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Maj. Gen. John A. Samford's Statement on "Flying Saucers", Pentagon, Washington, DC, 07/31/1952
 
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Find out more about this film, featured in "Media Matters," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division: http://blogs.archives.gov/mediamatters/2013/09/30/project-blue-book-looking-to-the-film-record/ and http://blogs.archives.gov/mediamatters/2013/10/28/project-blue-book-ufos-in-home-movies/ Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984) (Most Recent) Series : Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, compiled 1964 - 1980, documenting the period 1950 - 1980 Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985 Production Date: 07/31/1952 Contact: National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620 Email: [email protected] Shot List: MS, doughnyut shaped piece of cloth suspended by a wire. MSs, CU, Gen Samford, USAF Intelligence Chief, discusses the "flying saucer" because he says it is an obligation of the Air Force to investigate anything in the air that might prove a threat to the nation. His findings are that the bulk of the 12,000 reports received are hoaxes. He credits others as being the result of aircraft or meteorological and astronomical phenomena. He reveals that there is a certain percentage of credible observations but there is not pattern or measurement for analysis. His conclusions are that they represent no threat to us. He adds that flying saucers are not the result of a secret development by any US agency. A civilian seated at the desk is addressed by off-screen interrogator as Maj Kehoe (?) and queried on the origin of his book, "Flying Saucers Are Real". Kehoe states his belief that "flying saucers are of inter-planetary origin and cites a report of pilots who encountered the objects. National Archives Identifier: 25738 Local Identifier: 111-LC-30875 http://research.archives.gov/description/25738
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Great Smoky Mountains (1936)
 
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A remastered version of this film is available on the National Archives YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/M_apWPy4c_0 The Department of Interior takes a look at its effort in the Great Smoky Mountains in this vintage film. SUMMARY Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men ride in trucks, work with pick and shovel, operate bulldozers, graders and pneumatic drills, construct parapets and guard rails, and march with pick and shovel in the park. Included are views of forests, flowers, and underbrush. Rangers in towers watch for forest fires. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-great-smokey-mountains-1936-11653.pdf CREATED BY Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. ARC ID 11653 LOCAL IDENTIFIER 48.21 REPOSITORY: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. For information about ordering reproductions of moving images held by the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, visit: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/broadcast-quality-film-dc.html SUBJECTS Civilians Earthmoving machinery Department of the Interior. National Park Service.(1916 -1933 ), Producer Great Smoky Mountains MORE INFORMATION: More information is available in the National Archives online catalog: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=11653
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US Constitution -- The "Fifth Page" (Transmittal Page)
 
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The so-called "Fifth Page" of the US Constitution -- also known as the Transmittal Page -- has never been publicly displayed. On the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the US Constitution the Fifth Page was displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The Fifth Page has received the same care as the more famous documents in the Charters of Freedom and is encased in the same type of state-of-the-art oxygen-free encasement as the Declaration of Independence, Constitution pages one to four, and the Bill of Rights.
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Address to Nation on Terrorist Attacks, 9/11/2001
 
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9/11/2001 Records of the White House Communications Agency (George W. Bush Administration) National Archives Identifier: 6171390 Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office regarding the terrorist attacks on the United States. DocsTeach: http://docsteach.org/documents/6171390/detail https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6171390
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Power for Apollo: Saturn V
 
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This NASA film shows static tests of all of the stages of the Saturn V rocket developed to lift the Apollo missions into space. The film also includes static tests of engines on the Apollo lunar module, propulsion module, and launch escape system. Production Date: ca. 1966 Creator(s): National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 10/1/1958- (Most Recent) Record Group 255: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006 Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] Local Identifier: 255-KSC-5 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/562024
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Harry S. Truman — Homecoming
 
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There was a bit of scandal between Harry S. Truman and the newly-minted President Eisenhower as Harry left the White House. But from the Washington, DC, train station, all the way back to Independence, Missouri, Harry was greeted with the smiling faces of grateful Americans. At the end, Harry and Bess stand side by side as Harry addresses the Missourians who came to pay their respects. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-truman-homecoming.pdf Read the letters between Harry and Bess side-by-side for the first time in the new issue of Prologue Magazine, available for purchase soon at bookstores in Washington, DC, or online at http://www.scribd.com/group/78640-prologue-magazine Footage provided courtesy of Columbia Pictures' 1964 "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman."
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We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis
 
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In commemoration of the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley, the National Archives presented a discussion about the meeting between Elvis and President Richard Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970. Timothy Naftali, Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, hosts a discussion with Egil Bud Krogh, Assistant to the Counsel to the President, and Jerry Schilling, veteran music industry professional and long-time friend of Elvis Presley. Krogh and Schilling were present in the Oval Office and now offer their eyewitness accounts of the meeting, along with on-screen projections of related photographs, memos, and correspondence in the holdings of the National Archives. To see the latest expert lecture, book signing or rare film screening, check our calendar at http://www.archives.gov/calendar/. You can also watch events you've missed on our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/LZJ2Jx.
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Batman for U.S. Savings Bonds, ca. 1966
 
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Find out more about this film, featured in "Media Matters," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division: http://blogs.archives.gov/mediamatters/2014/01/28/holy-act-of-congress-batman-equal-pay-for-equal-work/ Creator(s): Department of the Treasury. (1789 - ) (Most Recent) Series : Savings Bonds and Stamps Promotional Moving Images, compiled ca. 1950 - ca. 1977 Record Group 56: General Records of the Department of the Treasury, 1775 - 2005 Production Date: ca. 1966 Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly Note: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property rights restrictions. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 5716995 Local Identifier: 56-BONDS-67 http://research.archives.gov/description/5716995
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Civil War Widows' Pension Digitization Project at the National Archives
 
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The National Archives holds 1.28 million case files of pension applications from family members of deceased Civil War Union soldiers. This Inside the Vaults video short follows a team of more than sixty volunteers, led by National Archives staff, which is digitizing the files and placing them online for researchers and the general public for the Civil War Widows Pension Project. For more information, go to http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2008/nr08-16.html. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
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Ford Cars, 1940
 
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Title: Ford Cars, 1940 Creator(s): Ford Motor Company. (Most Recent) Series: Motion Picture Films Relating to the Ford Motor Company, the Henry Ford Family, Noted Personalities, Industry, and Numerous Americana and Other Subjects, ca. 1903 - ca. 1954 Collection: Ford Motor Company Collection, ca. 1903 - ca. 1954 Description: This promotional film introduces the new 1940 model cars to the Ford sales force. Date: ca. 1940 Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] Local identifiers: FC-FC-4658 (Picture) & FC-FC-4660 (Soundtrack) National Archives Catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/93721 and https://catalog.archives.gov/id/93723
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Torpedo Squadron No. 8
 
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Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. 9/18/1947- ? (Most Recent) Series: Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities, 1947 - 1980 Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004 Scope & Content: Introductory scroll dedicates the film to the many navy aviators and crewmen in Torpedo Squadron Eight who gave their lives during the June 4, 1942 battle near Midway Island in the Pacific. 1) AVO Task Force, CVs, CVL underway. 2) GV planes warm up, aviators pose on deck. 3) MS SBDs taxi, take off. 4) MS SCU Aviator pilots pose as group. 5) Sequence showing servicemen's names, followed by a MS of them posing in front of their planes. In turn: Lieutenant Commander John Charles Waldron and Horace Franklin Dobbs; Ensign Henry R. Kenyon, Jr. and Airman 2nd Class Darwin L. Clarke; Ensign E.L. Fayle and Airman 2nd Class Aswell L. Picou; Lieutenant Raymond A. Moore and Airman 1st Class Tom Hartsel Pettry; Ensign William Robinson Evans and Airman 3rd Class Ross Eugene Bibb; Lieutenant JG Jeff Davis Woodson and Airman 2nd Class Otway David Creasy, Jr.; Ensign William W. Creamer and Seaman 2nd Class Francis Samuel Polston; Lieutenant James Charles Owens, Jr. and Airman 1st Class Amelio Maffei; Ensign Ulvert Matthew Moore and Airman 3rd Class William F. Sawhill; Lieutenant JG George Marvin Campbell and Airman 2nd Class Ronald Joseph Fisher; Ensign John Porter Gray and Airman 3rd Class Max Arthur Calkin; Ensign G.H. Gay and Airman 3rd Class George Arthur Field; Ensign Grant W. Teats and Airman 2nd Class Hollis Martin; Ensign Harold John Ellison and Carneiro; Ensign William W. Abercrombie and Aviation Pilot Robert B. Miles; Airman 3rd Class Robert K. Huntington and Airman 2nd Class Bernard P. Phelps. 6) MS Chaplain at funeral services on deck of carrier; volley squad fires guns; bugler blows taps. 7) LS Sunset at sea. SBD in flight. Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: [email protected] National Archives Identifier: 74563 Local Identifier: 428-MN-2004 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/74563
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Iron Gall Ink
 
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In July of 1776, Timothy Matlack, a clerk in the Pennsylvania State House, was the scribe charged with writing out the Declaration of Independence. This is the original copy now on permanent display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. He would have dipped his quill pen into iron gall ink, the kind typically used in Matlack’s day. Rachel Bartgis, a conservation technician for Preservation Programs at the National Archives, shows us the ingredients commonly used to make iron gall ink at the time the Declaration of Independence was written. Learn more about the creation and preservation of the Delcaration of Independence: http://bit.ly/2s0j3Bd
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Harry S. Truman — Home in Independence
 
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In this vintage footage from Columbia Pictures' 1964 "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman", Harry addresses the camera from his front porch in Independence, Missouri, and isn't shy about which town in America he thinks is the greatest. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-truman-home-in-independence.pdf For the first time in print, read Bess Truman's letters to Harry. Thought lost for some time, Bess's letters are now exclusively available in this quarter's issue of Prologue Magazine. Buy the magazine online for just $3.99 or the article itself for $1.99 at http://www.scribd.com/doc/20742775/Prologue-Magazine-Dear-Harry-Love-Bess
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Electoral College and the National Archives (2016)
 
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Every four years the Office of the Federal Register — part of the National Archives and Records Administration — administers the Electoral College. The Office of the Federal Register informs the governments of the 50 states and the District of Columbia what is required to fulfill their duty under the Constitution to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. This video explains how the Electoral College works and the Office of the Federal Register's role in collecting the documentation Congress needs to count the Electoral College. To learn more, visit http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college
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President Ronald Reagan’s Speech on Space Shuttle Challenger
 
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01/28/1986 Collection RR-WHTV: Records of the White House Television Office (WHTV) (Reagan Administration) National Archives Identifier: 6014714 DocsTeach: http://docsteach.org/documents/6014714/detail https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6014714
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Conservation Lab at the National Archives
 
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The Conservation Lab at the National Archives is one of the world's premier document preservation laboratories. In this Inside the Vaults video short, paper conservator Annie Wilker repairs an 18th-century illustrated family document, called a fraktur, while demonstrating various techniques used to preserve damaged documents and prepare them for exhibit at the National Archives. The document records the marriage of John Tomlin and Jane Chamblin of Virginia and the births of their five children — George, Elizabeth, William, Reuben and Mary. It is one of more than a hundred such documents in the collection at the National Archives. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
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How to File a FOIA Request with the National Archives
 
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An illustrated review on how to determine when you may need to file a Freedom of information Act (FOIA) request, how to file, and what you can expect from the National Archives during the process. For more info: http://www.archives.gov/research/foia/file-foia-request
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Citizen Archivists: Engage with and Explore the Archives
 
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This Inside the Vaults video short features Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero as he discusses public contributions to the National Archives. He encourages independent researchers to be "citizen archivists," becoming involved in the discovery of important documents. Researcher Jonathan Webb Deiss talks about his unearthing of a Revolutionary War diary in Senate records. More information and images of the historic diary can be found on Archivist Ferriero's blog at http://tiny.cc/RevDiary. Educational cartoonist Jon White discusses his use of cartoons as a means to get children excited about history. He used the National Archives' "Today's Document" features as inspiration for the illustrations on the website http://www.todaysdocument.com. You can visit the Today's Document Tumblr page at http://todaysdocument.tumblr.com/. To join in on the conversation about the Archives and archival documents, visit the Archives' wikispace at http://www.ourarchives.wikispaces.net. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.
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Alabama Highlands (1937)
 
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A closer look at the Civilian Conservation Corps' work in Alabama from the Department of Interior. This film shows Birmingham and views of Alabama's mountains, homes, factories, mines, railways, and its State Parks, including Oak Mountain State Park, Weogufka State Park, De Soto State Park, and Cheaha State Park. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men in the parks crack rocks, construct lodges and roads, operate bulldozers and dump trucks, and study first aid and artificial respiration. It includes views of tourists driving into the parks, picnicking, and wading in streams. Transcript (PDF): http://archives.gov/social-media/transcripts/transcript-alabama-highlands-1937-11699.pdf CREATED BY Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. ARC ID 11699 LOCAL IDENTIFIER 48.68 REPOSITORY: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. For information about ordering reproductions of moving images held by the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, visit: http://www.archives.gov/research/order/broadcast-quality-film-dc.html SUBJECTS Architecture Civilians Picnicking Department of the Interior. National Park Service.(1916 -1933 ), Producer Birmingham (Jefferson county, Alabama) Cheaha Mountain (Cleburne county, Alabama) De Soto State Park (Alabama) MORE INFORMATION: More information is available in the National Archives online catalog: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=11699
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