75  Years of Primary Documents at the National Archives
National Archives in  Washington D.C.
The National Archives is best known for preserving and exhibiting: Declaration Bill of Rights Constitution of Independence
NARA’s Mission To preserve and provide access to the permanent records created by the Federal Government.
<ul><li>&quot;Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals deposited in our public offices.&quot;  </li><...
The condition of War Department records stored in the White House garage illustrates the need for a National Archives.
Hoover lays cornerstone of National Archives Building  on February 20, 1933.
FDR on the National Archives <ul><li>“ To bring together the records of the past and to house them in a building where the...
FDR lays the cornerstone for his Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY in November 1939. The success of the Roosevelt Libr...
NARA’s Holdings Capture the Sweep of the Past <ul><li>Records date from 1775; </li></ul><ul><li>slave ship manifests and t...
In this letter to the Continental Congress, General George Washington passed along information he received from a sailor. ...
Manifest of Slaves for the  Schooner Charles ,  July 4, 1842.   Slave Manifests…
The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 ARC ID 299998
General Dwight D, Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by Gen. Omar N. Bradley, and Lt. Gen. George S. Patton...
ARC ID 520694 General Douglas MacArthur signs as Supreme Allied Commander during formal surrender ceremonies on the USS Mi...
Indian treaties making transitory promises… Land granted to Choctaw Indian, Ha-cubbe by President James K. Polk per the Tr...
The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase consists of three separate agreements between the United States and France: ...
NARA’s Holdings <ul><li>NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percen...
NARA’s Holdings Include: ●  2.9 million cubic feet of paper records (more than 10 billion pieces of paper!) ●  Almost 35 m...
<ul><li>In 1969, the Archivist of the United States established a regional archives system to make regionally created hist...
National Archives Nationwide Network
Where are the Regional Archives? <ul><li>Anchorage </li></ul><ul><li>Atlanta </li></ul><ul><li>Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Ch...
National Archives at Fort Worth
Southwest Region’s Record Holdings The Southwest Region holds records that were created by federal agencies in the states ...
 
 
The Federal Population Censuses 1790-1930 <ul><li>Released 72 years after the census date, 1940 and later censuses are cur...
Passenger Arrival Records
Declaration of Intention Andras Bucsanji ●  Butcher ●  27 years old ●  Hungary
Petitions for Naturalization John P. Keegan Native of Ireland
Bureau of Indian Affairs  Record Group 75
Dawes Enrollment Card for  William P. Rogers
Information located in the Enrollment Jacket for  William P. Rogers
Cherokee Land Allotment Jacket for  William P. Rogers
Federal Courts Record Group 21
Equity Cases
Bankruptcy Cases Slave Auction in a Bankruptcy File, 1847
Criminal Cases
Fort Smith Cases Bass Reeves , First African American U.S. Marshal
Wyatt Earp
Exhibits:  Assault v. Murder
Chinese Exclusion Act
U.S. Attorneys—Record Group 118 Texas City Disaster, 1947
Coast Guard—Record Group 26
Life Saving Station Records Galveston, 1900
U.S. Customs Service Record Group 36
Selective Service System Record Group 163/147
Army Air Forces—Record Group 18 Kelly Field, San Antonio, 1938
Disappearance of Flight 19, Bermuda Triangle, 1945 Naval Districts and Shore Establishments Record Group 181
War Diary of the U.S.S. St. Louis for December 7, 1941
NASA- Record   Group 255
Jenny McMillen Sweeney,  Education Specialist National Archives at Fort Worth 817.831.5917 [email_address] www.archives.go...
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  1. 1. 75 Years of Primary Documents at the National Archives
  2. 2. National Archives in Washington D.C.
  3. 3. The National Archives is best known for preserving and exhibiting: Declaration Bill of Rights Constitution of Independence
  4. 4. NARA’s Mission To preserve and provide access to the permanent records created by the Federal Government.
  5. 5. <ul><li>&quot;Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals deposited in our public offices.&quot; </li></ul>Thomas Jefferson, 1791 ARC Identifier 532932
  6. 6. The condition of War Department records stored in the White House garage illustrates the need for a National Archives.
  7. 7. Hoover lays cornerstone of National Archives Building on February 20, 1933.
  8. 8. FDR on the National Archives <ul><li>“ To bring together the records of the past and to house them in a building where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain judgment in creating their own future.” </li></ul>President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941
  9. 9. FDR lays the cornerstone for his Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY in November 1939. The success of the Roosevelt Library paved the way for the enactment of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.
  10. 10. NARA’s Holdings Capture the Sweep of the Past <ul><li>Records date from 1775; </li></ul><ul><li>slave ship manifests and the Emancipation Proclamation; </li></ul><ul><li>captured German records and the Japanese surrender documents from World War II; </li></ul><ul><li>Indian treaties making transitory promises; and a richly bound document bearing the bold signature &quot;Bonaparte&quot;—the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that doubled the territory of the young republic. </li></ul>
  11. 11. In this letter to the Continental Congress, General George Washington passed along information he received from a sailor. It was believed that British General William Howe was sending people out from Boston who had been deliberately infected with smallpox, so that they might pass on the disease to Americans in the surrounding area. Washington believed this to be a form of bioterrorism. 1775… ARC ID 824626
  12. 12. Manifest of Slaves for the Schooner Charles , July 4, 1842. Slave Manifests…
  13. 13. The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 ARC ID 299998
  14. 14. General Dwight D, Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by Gen. Omar N. Bradley, and Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., inspects art treasures stolen by Germans and hidden in a Salt Mine in Germany, April 12, 1945. ARC ID 531272 Captured German Records…
  15. 15. ARC ID 520694 General Douglas MacArthur signs as Supreme Allied Commander during formal surrender ceremonies on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. Japanese Surrender Documents…
  16. 16. Indian treaties making transitory promises… Land granted to Choctaw Indian, Ha-cubbe by President James K. Polk per the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, December 6, 1845.
  17. 17. The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase consists of three separate agreements between the United States and France: a treaty of cession and two agreements providing for the exchange of monies in the transaction. This item is the French exchange copy of the agreement providing for the payment of 60 million francs by the United States to France. It was signed by the future Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his Foreign Minister, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord. ARC ID 299807
  18. 18. NARA’s Holdings <ul><li>NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. </li></ul><ul><li>All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens. </li></ul>
  19. 19. NARA’s Holdings Include: ● 2.9 million cubic feet of paper records (more than 10 billion pieces of paper!) ● Almost 35 million still pictures and posters ● 18 million aerial photographs ● 5 million maps ● 93,000 motion pictures ● More than 207,000 sound and video recordings Laid side to side our original records would circle the Earth 57 times!! The Southwest Region alone holds 107,000 cubic feet of records.
  20. 20. <ul><li>In 1969, the Archivist of the United States established a regional archives system to make regionally created historically valuable federal records accessible to the public locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional archives holdings document national, regional, state, and local activities and interests and offer national resources in a local setting. </li></ul>National Archives Nationwide Network
  21. 21. National Archives Nationwide Network
  22. 22. Where are the Regional Archives? <ul><li>Anchorage </li></ul><ul><li>Atlanta </li></ul><ul><li>Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Denver </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas City </li></ul>● Laguna Niguel, CA ● New York ● Philadelphia ● Pittsfield, MA ● San Francisco ● St. Louis ● Seattle
  23. 23. National Archives at Fort Worth
  24. 24. Southwest Region’s Record Holdings The Southwest Region holds records that were created by federal agencies in the states of: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
  25. 27. The Federal Population Censuses 1790-1930 <ul><li>Released 72 years after the census date, 1940 and later censuses are currently protected by privacy restrictions and are available only through the Census Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>The 1940 Census will be available in 2012 </li></ul>Booker T. Washington, 1900 Census
  26. 28. Passenger Arrival Records
  27. 29. Declaration of Intention Andras Bucsanji ● Butcher ● 27 years old ● Hungary
  28. 30. Petitions for Naturalization John P. Keegan Native of Ireland
  29. 31. Bureau of Indian Affairs Record Group 75
  30. 32. Dawes Enrollment Card for William P. Rogers
  31. 33. Information located in the Enrollment Jacket for William P. Rogers
  32. 34. Cherokee Land Allotment Jacket for William P. Rogers
  33. 35. Federal Courts Record Group 21
  34. 36. Equity Cases
  35. 37. Bankruptcy Cases Slave Auction in a Bankruptcy File, 1847
  36. 38. Criminal Cases
  37. 39. Fort Smith Cases Bass Reeves , First African American U.S. Marshal
  38. 40. Wyatt Earp
  39. 41. Exhibits: Assault v. Murder
  40. 42. Chinese Exclusion Act
  41. 43. U.S. Attorneys—Record Group 118 Texas City Disaster, 1947
  42. 44. Coast Guard—Record Group 26
  43. 45. Life Saving Station Records Galveston, 1900
  44. 46. U.S. Customs Service Record Group 36
  45. 47. Selective Service System Record Group 163/147
  46. 48. Army Air Forces—Record Group 18 Kelly Field, San Antonio, 1938
  47. 49. Disappearance of Flight 19, Bermuda Triangle, 1945 Naval Districts and Shore Establishments Record Group 181
  48. 50. War Diary of the U.S.S. St. Louis for December 7, 1941
  49. 51. NASA- Record Group 255
  50. 52. Jenny McMillen Sweeney, Education Specialist National Archives at Fort Worth 817.831.5917 [email_address] www.archives.gov/southwest

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