October 9, 2009 |
Robert Thomas, 83, breezed into the National Archives with a smile, a white hankie peeking out of his suit coat pocket and an old briefcase containing the two rare books he filched in Germany 64 years ago. He was a World War II GI then, fresh from the horrors of combat. He had blundered into one of the notorious salt mines where the Germans stashed their national treasures. And this one contained books. Millions and millions of books from institutions across Germany. Thomas poked around, saw two that looked old and took them.
August 8, 2010 |
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright Brothers 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941 "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?
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
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.
July 13, 2013 |
Drowsy from watching hours of unedited World War II film footage, Ray Begovich snapped to attention when one eight-second snippet flashed before him. Begovich, a journalism professor at Franklin College in Indiana, was visiting the National Archives in College Park, Md., doing research for a biography on President Franklin Roosevelt's director of war information. The 16-millimeter film showed Roosevelt visiting the Navy's U.S. heavy cruiser Baltimore on July 26, 1944. FOR THE RECORD: Roosevelt wheelchair: An article in the July 14 Section A about rare film footage showing President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a moving wheelchair said that President Clinton dedicated a statue in 2006 depicting Roosevelt in a wheelchair.
January 9, 2009 |
Congress asked a federal judge to force the Bush White House to keep documents on the controversial firings of nine federal prosecutors instead of turning them over to the National Archives. Congressional Democrats have been trying to get the documents for months, and they want to make sure they don't disappear into the National Archives. They asked U.S. District Judge John Bates to order the administration to leave the documents in the custody of President-elect Barack Obama's aides in case the information is needed.
April 27, 2006 |
The government improperly sealed hundreds of previously public CIA, Pentagon and other records by reclassifying them as secret on questionable grounds, an internal review by the National Archives determined. The audit, of thousands of records withdrawn from public view since 1995, contends that one of every three was resealed without justification. The investigation covered historical records held by the National Archives.