Up from the Deep: Treating Records Salvaged from a World War II Shipwreck
Records recovered from the USS Peary, a World War II ship sunk Feb. 19, 1942. Can they be separated or not?
Are you into genealogy? Because I’d like to grow our family tree together.
Baby, you belong in special collections because you’re rare and worth keeping!
No classification can describe you,
No box can contain your gifts.
How can I encapsulate my feelings?
May I ask for a mandatory review of them?
Deed me your heart, and my PII is an open book.
One of our NARA colleagues* raises the bar with this archival ode!
More Archival Valentines
(Poem by NARA staff member Pamla Eisenberg.)
Just like the Archives - we are history!
Q:We had way too much fun with archival valentines. "Access to my heart is unrestricted." "I'm scoping your content." "We go together like arrangement and description." "I want to add you to my biographical note." "You're #1 on my disaster plan." "Our committee decided you have permanent research value." "Our love is hotter than exploding nitrate film."
My heart is on fire like improperly stored nitrate film.
I could process you on the item level all night long.
Our love will be preserved in acid-free containers until the end of time.
Your record schedule is permanent in my heart.
I’d write you a finding aid but you’ve already found my heart.
Baby, next to you, everyone else is ephemera.
My love cannot be redacted
Fred Shipman, Monuments Man
Dr. Fred W. Shipman, first Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, was asked to join the Roberts Commission (the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in Europe) in January 1944.
In a letter to President Roosevelt, Shipman described his new position, saying, “It would be my job to survey the problem relative to records and archives in this theater and to organize plans to preserve, salvage and make available important records for use in the continued administration and future reconstruction of the area and to preserve cultural materials.”
Roosevelt granted Shipman leave from the Library and the Director soon began his tenure as Temporary Archives Advisor to the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Subcommission of the Allied Control Commission. Members of this Commission are now famously referred to as “Monuments Men.”
Shipman left Washington, D. C. on March 17, 1944. He flew to Naples, Italy where he spent the next month meeting military personnel and getting his orders. From April 18 to May 4, Shipman traveled through Occupied Italy visiting archival repositories. The purpose of his mission was to help protect and preserve Italian archives and records. These materials included both the current administrative records of government and private organizations, as well as the older archives of historical and cultural value.
Read more about Shipman and his time as a Monuments Man.