From the National Archives:
Donna Judd spends each day carefully searching for valuable information for veterans in the documents left burned and brittle by the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.
She looks for separation documents so that veterans can get benefits, and she sifts through damaged files to find information for medals.
“One record could take 5 minutes, another record could take 5 hours,” she says.
To read the full story of how Donna helps veterans claim their benefits even when the files have been damaged, go to today’s blog post: http://go.usa.gov/jrVA
From the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library:
John F. Kennedy, Jr. sits in the pilot’s seat of the Presidential helicopter during a weekend trip to Camp David in Frederick County, Maryland.
View more photos from the trip.
Photo Credit: Robert Knudsen/JFK Library.
From the National Archives:
Plan of Alcatraz Prison Towers at the Dock and Power House, 1940
Fifty years ago, the Federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closed on March 21, 1963. Acquired by the Department of Justice in 1933, the federal prison opened in 1934. Over the course of its years in operation, the prison hosted such infamous figures as Al Capone, Robert Stroud (aka The Birdman), George “Machine Gun” Kelly, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Rafael Cancel Miranda. These plans for prison towers at the dock and power house were part of the overall modernization of the prison facilities undertaken in 1940.
June 9 is Ask Archivists Day, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is participating in the event on Twitter.
Archivists collect, preserve, and protect our historical records and documents. This could be anything from old letters to photographs to emails. An archivist might be able to help you find information about your family using historical military records, land records, or ship passenger logs.
Archivists can help you answer questions such as:
- What was the occupation of my great great grandfather?
- Did I have any relatives immigrate through Ellis Island?
- Who owned my house 100 years ago?
If you have a question for an archivist, just ask it on Twitter using the #AskArchivists hashtag on June 9. The @USNatArchives will be fielding questions for NARA and individual employees will be ready to help. You can also contact NARA via email or phone.
Other government agencies participating in Ask Archivists Day include:
- Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, @ArchivesAmerArt
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, @CarterLibrary
- National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress, @ndiipp
- National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, @amhistorymuseum
- Smithsonian Institution, @smithsonian
Please note that archivists can’t perform detailed research for you, but they can point you in the right direction. If you’re new to archival research, NARA’s Getting Started Overview is a good introduction.