April 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - So what do you give to the leader of the free world? If you're German Chancellor Angela Merkel, you might hint that Obama could work on his putting. Merkel presented an estimated $1,400 in putting gear, including a pair of Kramski putters (complete with head covers) and the book “The Kramski Putt Philosophy.” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appealed to Obama's other favorite sport with a basketball signed by the 2010-2011 Toronto Raptors, a team that finished the season with a 22-60 record - including a 1-3 record against Obama's Chicago Bulls.
April 25, 2013 |
As former President George W. Bush, joined by President Obama and three living former presidents, dedicates his library this week in Dallas, it's important to remember that presidential libraries are relatively new. In 1941, while he was still in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first such archive in Hyde Park, N.Y., to preserve personal papers and mementos from his time in office. His successor, Harry Truman, signed the Presidential Libraries Act into law, authorizing the National Archives to help set up and operate these treasure troves of American politics and policy.
September 17, 2012 |
The National Archives in New York City is shifting its office and bringing a new exhibition space to Lower Manhattan this month. The keeper of the Constitution and other vital U.S. documents will move into the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green, a building it will share with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The new office opens to the public Friday and will provide a more museum-like setting than the agency's previous spot in Greenwich Village . An inaugural show in the building's rotunda titled "The World's Port: Through Documents of the National Archives" tells the story of the city's trade history through photos and documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2012 |
With the help of a national volunteer project involving more than 100,000 people, 1940 census records for California and more than two dozen other states have now been indexed by name and can be searched online for free. Individual records from the 1940 census were released April 2, the first time such a cache of historic census documents has been made available on the Internet. The release was an online hit, so much so that the National Archives and Records Administration website was overwhelmed on the first day as millions of family history buffs and others tried to view the records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2012 |
Americans responded in overwhelming numbers Monday to the online release of detailed information from the 1940 census — the first time such a trove of historic census records has been available on the Internet. Minutes after its launch, the 1940 census portal on the National Archives and Record Administration website was all but impenetrable. Officials apologized and promised the website would be accessible as soon as possible. "In the first three hours, we had 22.5 million hits," said Susan Cooper, spokeswoman for the National Archives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2011 |
During his five-year overhaul of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Cold War historian Timothy Naftali won wide praise for transforming a much-ridiculed institution into a house of serious scholarship under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration. Yet nobody was surprised that the private Richard Nixon Foundation — run by fierce loyalists of the former president — didn't honor Naftali when he left as director last month to join a think tank and write a book.