Happy National Cat Day! We’re sure that Socks the Cat, seen here behind the desk in the Oval Office, would approve this message.
We asked two archivists at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library if they were Team Buddy or Team Socks, and they both went for the cat.
“Socks was a rock star presidential pet. I feel bad for Buddy since he came in 1997 and was never able to shed the shadow of Socks. Socks was found outside the Governor’s Mansion here in Little Rock and made it to the White House,” said John Keller.
“Socks was a true example of American shorthair exceptionalism. After all, this smart tuxedo cat went from being a stray on the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, all the way to the White House! We have some of Socks’s ashes here in museum storage at the Clinton Library,” said Kim Coryat.
Image: National Archives Identifier 6036916
What document would an archivist save from a zombie attack? Find out this month as we profile our archivists at the Presidential libraries for American Archives Month.
Today’s featured archivist is Matthew Schaefer, outreach archivist for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. What documents would Schaefer grab in the face of a zombie?
“If slow zombies were shuffling across the prairie toward the Hoover Library, I’d get the key to our specially protected records storage area [two minutes forty seconds], grab the reading copy of Hoover’s inaugural address [forty-five seconds], lace-up my Asics, and head north over the creek [one minute].
If fast zombies threatened, I’d grab oversize album 19, the photographic record of the Hoover Dam. While its 18-pound heft would slow my escape, it might prove useful as a bludgeon or shield.”
Read more about Matthew Schaefer and the work he does here: http://go.usa.gov/DhNT
Furloughed Fed volunteers at local historical society
When the National Archives closed its doors on October 1 due to the government shutdown, staff did not know when they would return to work. So Meris Westberg took her skills to the Historical Society of Washington, DC (HSW).
When Westberg joined HSW a few months ago, she had talked to the collections manager, Anne McDonough, about volunteering there. But the hours were similar to her work hours at the National Archives, where Westberg works on books and manuscripts in Hebrew and Arabic from the Iraqi Jewish Archives, so it didn’t seem likely she would be able to give many volunteer hours—until the furlough allowed her the time.
To read more about this story, visit NARA’s Prologue: Pieces of History blog!
TODAY at 2pm: #AskAOTUS! Join the Archivist of the United States for an “Ask the Archivist” Hangout on Google+!
Hanging Out for American Archives Month
As a kickoff to American Archives Month, I invite you to join us on Google+ for an Ask the Archivist Hangout. I’ll be answering your questions on Tuesday, September 24th from 2-2:30 pm, EST, from my office in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. And if you’re not able to watch it live, the hangout will be posted on YouTube so you can check it out later.
So, what will we talk about? That’s up to you! Send me your questions about what it means to be the Archivist of the United States by tweeting them with the #AskAOTUS hashtag, or posting them on Google+ with the same hashtag. I’m ready to answer any questions you might have and I will even show you around my office. I’m eager to hang out with you on September 24th!
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
An Act to Establish the National Archives and Records Administration, 10/19/1984
(So while it’s not our anniversary, consider this our “save-the-date” announcement. Coincidentally, it’s also American Archives Month!)
October 12 is Digital Archives Day
We thought we’d take this opportunity to invite all you digital citizen archivists to try your hand at a tagging mission on our Online Catalog!
We Can Tag It!
We need your help tagging photos and documents in the online catalog for the National Archives.
With every tag you add, you’re doing your part to help the next person discover that record. Go ahead and give it at try.
See some of the painstaking and dedicated work by our amazing National Archives volunteers as they prepare Civil War Widows’ Pension Files for digitization.
Celebrating Our Volunteers
This week we had an opportunity to honor volunteers who contributed more than 100 hours of their time to the National Archives this year in our Washington and College Park locations—295 volunteers who contributed 42,284 hours! These amazing numbers demonstrate their love of history and the work that we do.
A parade of staff supervisors took the stage to brag about the work of their volunteers who wrote hundreds of item-level descriptions, created thousands of photo captions, scanned tens of thousands of files, indexed tens of thousands of records, inventoried rows of stacks, answered researchers’ questions, improved access to our online holding, and even used social media to broadcast information about our records. Some wrote articles for our Prologue magazine as well as blog posts about the records and some presented lectures to the public.
Read the full post on the AOTUS Blog.