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Alaska Will be Keeping Some of Its Federal Records After All

A few days ago, I blogged about the closing of several National Archives branches. One of those included the branch in Anchorage, Alaska. Now it looks like some of the records will be staying in Alaska. The following teaser is from an article by James Brooks, posted in the April 4 edition of Alaska’s […]

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Library and Archives Canada Launches Portal for Residental Schools 1885-1996

The following is from the Library and Archives Canada website: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country. The first set of published photos comprises about […]

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Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 70% Off – Just $13.50

While the information so nicely gathered into this single book, Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, can be found in many other locations; sometimes, it is nice to have this type of information in one place, as a quick and easy reference. This book represents an exhaustive listing of available genealogical resources available in Britain. Listed […]

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Archivist of the USA David S. Ferriero Announces Closure/Consolidations of Three National Archives Facilities

David S. Ferriero today announced the closure or consolidation of three of the National Archives Facilities. Those facilities are in Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia, PA; and Fort Worth, Texas. The facilities in Alaska and Pennsylvania will close, while two facilities in Fort Worth will be consolidated. It’s estimated that these changes will save 1.3 million dollars […]

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Washington State Archives is Out of Space

The following teaser is from an AP article posted March 4, 2014 at OLYMPIA, Wash. …Washington is running out of space to store its history. The three-floor repository filled up in 2005, forcing archival documents to be shelved in the State Records Center warehouse in Tumwater. Agencies send thousands of boxes of records there […]

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The Document Behind “12 Years a Slave”

The following easer is from an excellent article by Michel E. Ruane, published in the February 27, 2014 edition of the Washington Post. The slave manifest for the brig Orleans, bound from Richmond that Tuesday in 1841, included one Plat Hamilton — male, age 26, height 5 feet 7 inches, color “yellow.” He was one of […]

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Historic Prisoner Record Book Surfaces and is Given to the Tasmanian Archives

The following teaser is from the Feb. 28, 2014 edition of An historic prisoner record missing for decades is in the hands of Tasmania’s Archives and Heritage Office. Inside the weathered exterior of the leather-bound book are 525 previously untold stories. The book is a detailed record of prisoners who passed through the Hobart […]

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Singapore’s Former Director of the National Archives, Lily Tan, Passes

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the February 19, 2014 edition of Colleagues and relatives paid tribute to Mrs Lily Tan yesterday, recalling how the former director of the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) had a “great passion” for documenting the Republic’s history. Mrs Tan died at her Bukit Timah home […]

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Fire at the National Archives in Kew, London, UK

It seems that two water towers that were no longer being used caught fire at the British National Archives in Kew, London, England. About 20 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade were called out about 12:30 GMT and fought the blaze, which was extinguished. The Archives holds about 11 million historical documents of national importance, […]

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Fire Destroys Ottoman Archives

The following is from the February 9, 2014 edition of Archive director Adamir Jerkovic condems blaze at state archives in Sarajevo as an “act of vandalism.” Some of the most important historical documents charting the history of central Europe in the 20th century are feared lost, after a fire at the state archives of […]

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission to Expand Hours to the Second Saturday of Each Month

The following is from the February 13, 2014 edition of the Bandera Courier: …the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will expand its hours of operation to better accommodate researchers. The agency’s three public service areas – the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center – will […]

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National Archives Continues February Celebration of Black History Month

The following press release is from the National Archives website: Special display of the original Emancipation Proclamation February 15–17 Special display of 12 Years a Slave Manifest February 21–March 30 Washington, DC… The National Archives continues its celebration of Black History Month with two featured document displays: the original Emancipation Proclamation, February 15-17; 12 Years […]

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Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives

13,000 bound volumes, 22,000 boxes of loose records, and 24,000 reels of microfilm represents the combined holdings of the North Carolina State Archives. Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives is the published guidebook to these collective materials. This guide describes the state agency records, county records, private manuscripts collections, and Civil […]

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160 year-old Documents Intentionally Destroyed in Franklin County, North Carolina

The story of the 160 year-old documents intentionally destroyed in Franklin County, North Carolina is now nearly two months old. I haven’t blogged about it, but many others have. Click here to read about this travesty at the Stumbling in the Shadows of Giants website. Be sure to read the comments… That’s where it really […]

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National Archives Awards $2.3 Million in Grants for Historical Records Projects

The following is from the National Archives Press Room Website: Washington, DC… Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 44 grants totaling $2,283,079 in Federal funds for archives and publishing projects in 32 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical […]

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