October 24, 2014

U.S. Census Launches 1940 Census Web Page (Interactive Overview, Fast Facts, Infographic and More)

UPDATE: Fast Facts/Comparisons About the 1940 Census From the U.S. Census News Release: In anticipation of the April 2 release of 1940 Census records from the National Archives, the U.S. Census Bureau is launching a new page on its website. Strict confidentiality laws ensure that census records are only unsealed after 72 years have passed, […]

Archivist of the United States on the Competencies NARA Wants For Archives Specialists

Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero spoke to those attending the ALISE conference in January. Direct to Complete Speech Here are the competencies NARA wants for its archives specialists. In addition to requiring traditional knowledge of archival principles, practices, and techniques, we require: The ability to think creatively—problem solving skills. Determining the critical issues, […]

Now Online: National Archives Accessions Newly Discovered Post-JFK Assassination Tape Recording

Direct to Audio Files (via GPO) Direct to Audio Files (via Wikimedia Commons) From the National Archives (NARA): Today the National Archives announced that The Raab Collection, which deals in historical autographs, has donated to the National Archives an original audiotape recording described as “Radio Traffic involving AF-1 in flight from Dallas, TX, to Andrews […]

New from NARA: Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project

From a NARAtions Blog Post: As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project.  By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public. The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th […]

NARA Launches "Citizen Archivist Dashboard"

Direct to Citizen Archivist Dashboard From a Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive?  Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents.  I have transcribed one myself! Recognize […]

National Archives Works on Declassifying Massive Backlog of Documents

From The Washington Post: The Air Force’s “Reports on Soviet Air Power and Strategic Nuclear Weapons,” about 2,500 pages in all, were produced between 1952 and 1955 — but not until earlier this year were 2,210 pages made public. The release is part of a massive effort at the National Archives and Records Administration to […]

New FOIA Dispute Tracking System Launched by National Archives FOIA Ombudsman

From NARA: The National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) – the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman – launched a new online case management system on November 28. The new OGIS Access System (OAS) will manage the requests for assistance that FOIA requesters and agencies bring to OGIS. This tool will both […]

Searching 40 TB of Electronic Records with the Swipe of a Finger (Interim Results)

From the National Archives and Records Administration NARAtions Blog: Imagine that you want to find electronic records related to a particular geographic location in a very large collection (40 TB and about 70 million files) of archival electronic records. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pick up an iPad, have a map pop up […]

"Obama Wants Better Digital Archive of Federal Records" + Full Text of Presidential Memorandum

From the Washington Post: President Obama on Monday ordered agencies to make wider use of digital-based record-keeping systems in what aides promise will be the most significant change to government archiving since Harry S. Truman’s presidency. “The current federal records management system is based on an outdated approach involving paper and filing cabinets,” Obama said […]

U.S.: National Archives Trust Fund To Sell Copies of the 1940 Census (Digital & Microfilm Versions) Available

Microfilm and electronic versions will be available for sale ALONG with the free online version (18+ terabytes of data) on April 2, 2012 at 9am. From a NARA Announcement: For customers with large data requirements, the National Archives Trust Fund is selling the 1940 Census data on hard-drives and hard-drive arrays. Microfilm copies of the […]