Ever wonder what the Preservation Programs at St. Louis does?…Watch this!!!
A colleague from preservearchives in action, circa 1942.
See more images from the National Archives then and now in the series on the 80th anniversary of the creation of the National Archives from earlier this summer!
Preservation of Frank Capra’s movie, “The Negro Soldier”. A look at the preservation process from beginning to end.
Created 70 years ago in 1944, “The Negro Soldier,” is a documentary produced by the U.S. Army’s Special Services Division and Hollywood’s famed director Frank Capra. The film represents an early effort by the Army to use film to show the significant contributions of African Americans to the U.S. war effort. In 2011 “The Negro Soldier” was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This film’s place in history was ensured by the specialized work of the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Office and the Special Media Preservation Laboratory of the National Archives and Records Administration.
"Absorbent and yellow* and porous is he…"
The Wonder Sponge: And We are Not Talking about SpongeBob SquarePants
A popular tool in our St. Louis Paper Lab for cleaning mold from records is our foamed natural rubber sponge erasers. Every work station has a pile of them! These soft erasers do wonders in cleaning mold from the paper’s surface. The erasers come in “brick” sizes and are easily trimmed down into smaller pieces which are held more easily in your hand. But an important word of caution! Although softer than hard erasers these can still be abrasive, and can cause damage if used on paper surfaces that are soft and friable due to more extensive damage.
(*Ok, so the Wonder Sponge is really more off-white than yellow.)
Learn about the Conservation and Re-encasement of the Declaration of Independence (and solve an Independence Day Mystery!)
Kitty Nicholson, retired Supervisory Conservator at the National Archives, details the conservation of the Declaration of Independence and shares a small mystery in an exclusive video on the National Archives YouTube Channel.
Watch the following video and see if you can help solve the mystery!
Happy Independence Day!
Kitty Nicholson, retired Supervisory Conservator at the National Archives, shares a mystery about the Declaration of Independence in an exclusive video on the National Archives YouTube Channel.
Watch the following video—if you can help solve the mystery, you may become a legend!
Happy Independence Day!
A Scrap of Silk Tells an Airman’s Story:
On June 29, 1944, 16 American planes were flying a mission against the Japanese along the Laodoho River in the Hunan Province in China. After several followed a road away from the river, one of the planes crashed into a building and then skidded across the rice fields, breaking apart and burning.
Over a year later, the Changsha Search Team reported finding the grave of an unidentified pilot. The team recovered the engine numbers and serial plates of the carburetor and radio compass and noted that “A Chinese Flage [sic] Identification which was worn on this fliers [sic] jacket, number 12331, has been found.”
Foreign pilots were issued a rescue patch called a hu chao after they become advisers to the Chinese Air Force in 1937. The hu chao depicted the Chinese National Flag, the chop (stamp) of the Chinese Air Force Headquarters, and text in Mandarin or Cantonese that read: “This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort. Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him medical care.”
Lt. James Vurgaropulos carried just such a chit. James was born on February 22, 1919, in Lowell, MA, to Greek immigrant parents. He was a pilot in the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Force when his plane went down on June 29, 1944, apparently killing him instantly. He was 25 years old.
Today is International Archives Day! Across the globe, our colleagues are working to preserve your history.
Here are two of our favorite images that show the importance of archives for everyday citizens.
The 12th Armored Association met at the National Archives at St. Louis for their 67th annual reunion in 2013. Veterans of this famed World War II division came to the National Personnel Records Center for a tour of the facilities. Preservation staff met with the vets and their families to explain the work being done to treat records damaged in the 1973 fire.
Preservation staff also explained how they treat records salvaged from the USS Arizona. Mike Pierce, in the white coat, explained the unique damage that occurred to the personnel records on board the Arizona as a result of the attack.
Image and text via the preservearchives.tumblr.com/ To order a military record, go to: http://go.usa.gov/jdBJ
For many years, Edith Lee-Payne had no idea that her photograph was in the National Archives—or that she was one of the most iconic faces of the March on Washington.
In August of 2013, she saw her own face on display for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “I’ve been in history all these years,” declared Edith Lee-Payne after seeing the photograph taken by Rowland Scherman.
You can learn more about her story in our blog (http://ow.ly/ogFwY) and in a video (ow.ly/odrhQ )
Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day:
the Allied invasion of Normandy, France , that led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.
Staff in the Conservation Lab recently worked on this D-Day map. The map was distorted and torn and could not be safely accessed by a researcher. A conservator humidified, flattened and mended the map.
[RG 407, WWII Operations Reports, American theater through 76th Infantry Division, 1940-1948]
#conservation #NARA #preservation #D-Day
Glacier National Park was established on May 11, 1910, encompassing over 1 million acres in Montana.
Ansel Adams , “Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana”
The mount and mat of this Ansel Adams photograph required conservation treatment for the photo to be safely displayed in “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures”, currently on exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The mount was surface cleaned, and in this image the lifting edge of the mat is consolidated with wheat starch paste. While the photo is the star, the supporting actors—mount and mat—- are important players when it comes to keeping the object safe and stable.
Time is running out to see the Iraqi Jewish Archive exhibit in New York City - it closes on May 18th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
The Iraqi Jewish Archive Exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage”, has traveled to New York City and opens this week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, http://www.mjhnyc.org. The show will run from February 4, 2014 to May 18, 2014.
The exhibit is also available online at http://www.ija.archives.gov/exhibit/exhibit The online version replicates all the text and images of the original 2013/2014 National Archives exhibition.
Catch some of our previous posts on the Iraqi Jewish Archive.
The National Archives joins other cultural institutions in marking May Day, when we ensure that we are prepared to safeguard our cultural property in the event of a disaster or other emergency.
Institutions conduct fire drills, update their emergency plans, host talks and workshops, and work to improve both preparedness for and response to emergencies.
Individuals can also set aside this day to make sure they are prepared to safeguard their family treasures. Some great information for institutions and individuals is available on NARA’s preservation web pages:
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?
Our love will be preserved in acid-free containers until the end of time.