Happy National Libraries Week! Did you know that David S. Ferriero, who is the head of the National Archives, is actually a librarian?

But before he became the tenth Archivist of the United States, “Dave Ferriero” was a boy who wrote to President Eisenhower and requested an autographed photograph. The letter was saved in the holdings of Eisenhower Presidential Library!

The Archivist’s letter to President Eisenhower is currently on display in our exhibit "Making their Mark: Stories Through Signatures."

You can read more about the Archivist’s career on our website.

Letter and autographed photograph from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Using Federal records from 1890-1930, archivist Damani Davis discusses how to locate immigrant ancestors from the West Indies. 
Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C.
Image:Ellis Island, New York, ca. 1910 National Archives Identifier 6235189. 

Using Federal records from 1890-1930, archivist Damani Davis discusses how to locate immigrant ancestors from the West Indies. 

Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room C.

Image:Ellis Island, New York, ca. 1910 National Archives Identifier 6235189. 

This Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of Home Rule and the 152nd anniversary of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a panel will discuss the symbiotic relationship between the struggle for emancipation and the struggle for home rule, congressional representation, and statehood. John Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture moderates panelists Virginia Howard, professor of education at the University of the District of Columbia; Jerome Paige, economist; Miles Mark Fisher, former President of University of the District of Columbia; Sharon Pratt, former Mayor of the District of Columbia; and Tom Davis, former Congressman. 
Join us Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).
Presented in partnership with the DC City Government and the NMAAHC.

This Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of Home Rule and the 152nd anniversary of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a panel will discuss the symbiotic relationship between the struggle for emancipation and the struggle for home rule, congressional representation, and statehood. John Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture moderates panelists Virginia Howard, professor of education at the University of the District of Columbia; Jerome Paige, economist; Miles Mark Fisher, former President of University of the District of Columbia; Sharon Pratt, former Mayor of the District of Columbia; and Tom Davis, former Congressman.

Join us Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).

Presented in partnership with the DC City Government and the NMAAHC.

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archives specialist Katherine Vollen on nonpopulation census records (all skill levels welcome). 
Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 
Image: Occupational Coder, Average Daily Production of a Trained Clerk was 1,886 Lines, and the Highest Record was 6,000 Lines, 1940 - 1941. National Archives Identifier 6200848.

Increase your archival research skills at the National Archives with a genealogy lecture by archives specialist Katherine Vollen on nonpopulation census records (all skill levels welcome). 

Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 

Image: Occupational Coder, Average Daily Production of a Trained Clerk was 1,886 Lines, and the Highest Record was 6,000 Lines, 1940 - 1941. National Archives Identifier 6200848.

Journalists Todd Purdum and Cokie Roberts discuss the political battles behind the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the popular myths about this monumental piece of legislation as well as the patient organization, unending advocacy, and across–the–aisle teamwork that created  H.R. 7152.Purdum recreates the cast of characters–many now forgotten–who were the catalysts for change. 
Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).
A book signing will follow the program.

Journalists Todd Purdum and Cokie Roberts discuss the political battles behind the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the popular myths about this monumental piece of legislation as well as the patient organization, unending advocacy, and across–the–aisle teamwork that created  H.R. 7152.Purdum recreates the cast of characters–many now forgotten–who were the catalysts for change.

Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).

A book signing will follow the program.

President Herbert Hoover composed and revised a previously unknown memoir during the 1940s and 1950s, and then set it aside. Editor George Nash discusses The Crusade Years, in which Hoover recounts his family life after March 1933, his myriad philanthropic interests, his political crusades, and his vision of the nation that gave him the opportunity for service. 
Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at noon in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).
A book signing will follow the program.

President Herbert Hoover composed and revised a previously unknown memoir during the 1940s and 1950s, and then set it aside. Editor George Nash discusses The Crusade Years, in which Hoover recounts his family life after March 1933, his myriad philanthropic interests, his political crusades, and his vision of the nation that gave him the opportunity for service. 

Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at noon in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).

A book signing will follow the program.

Archivist specialist Nancy Wing offers genealogists tips on how to navigate Archives.gov. 
Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 
Image: Haskell County, Kansas. This is one of the best situated families in the county, National Archives Identifier 522159.

Archivist specialist Nancy Wing offers genealogists tips on how to navigate Archives.gov. 

Wednesday, April 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 

Image: Haskell County, Kansas. This is one of the best situated families in the county, National Archives Identifier 522159.

The Archivist of the United States crossed Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday to “ring” in the opening of the farmer’s market on 8th Street in Penn Quarter. (He brought his own bell!)

The National Archives building is built on the site of the old DC Central Market, so it was an appropriate intersection of past and current history.

Along with a crowd of chefs, foodies, and other VIPs, the Archivist marched through the market. He was joined by chef Jose Andres, wrote the foreword to our 2011 exhibit catalog for "What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?" and the introduction to the recipe book "Eating with Uncle Sam."

"The real treasures [of the National Archives] go home at night."

(Aw, shucks!!!)

David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, gives a shoutout to the staff of the National Archives in his kickoff to the #ArchivesFair. (via archivesofamericanart)

(via riversidearchives)

We still use these carts in the National Archives, but they are perfect for #ThrowbackThursday!
In 1946, archivist Helen Beach got fed with trying to manage double-shelved records on the carts that she used. So she came up with her own design. In 1948, the carpentry shop made some suggestions, a prototype was created, and staff tried out the “Beach Wagon.”
It was a success! Assistant Archivist Robert H. Bahmer even approved a $25 cash award for her idea.


Mrs. Beach’s “wagons” are still useful—and still being used in the stacks today!

Read more about her innovative cart.

We still use these carts in the National Archives, but they are perfect for #ThrowbackThursday!

In 1946, archivist Helen Beach got fed with trying to manage double-shelved records on the carts that she used. So she came up with her own design. In 1948, the carpentry shop made some suggestions, a prototype was created, and staff tried out the “Beach Wagon.”

It was a success! Assistant Archivist Robert H. Bahmer even approved a $25 cash award for her idea.
Mrs. Beach’s “wagons” are still useful—and still being used in the stacks today!