Happy Birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park

On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established Rocky Mountain National Park.  That legislation laid out the coordinates of the park, and set aside the land for the "benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States." In recognition of the centennial anniversary, the National Archives' Special Media Division has gathered … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park

Introducing The Unwritten Record!

Today we’re debuting our new name! From now on, the blog of the National Archives’ Special Media Services Division will be known as The Unwritten Record. We’ll feature the same great content—film, photographs, videos, sound recordings, and other non-textual records from the National Archives’ holdings-- just with a new and improved name! Media Matters was fine, … Continue reading Introducing The Unwritten Record!

Images of the Week: NASA Digital Images

This week I'm highlighting new digital images transferred from NASA that will soon be available in our research room and eventually uploaded into OPA. The four series, 255-AMP, ASTP, STS, and GRC, cover digital surrogates created from the original still film from the Apollo missions, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and the Shuttle missions. In addition, … Continue reading Images of the Week: NASA Digital Images

How Computers Changed the Tax Game

As April 15 approaches, Americans across the country are filled with dread as they file their taxes and watch money disappear from their pockets. If history provides any relief, we are not the first to feel the burden. In 1789, Ben Franklin famously wrote, “In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death … Continue reading How Computers Changed the Tax Game

Images of the Week:New Digital Images

The photographs featured this week come from digital photographic series (born-digital and scans) that are now available or will be available in our online catalog. They are series 434-LB,  406-NSB and 311-MAD. The photos used for 311-MAD are accretions to an already existing digital series and these additions will appear in the online catalog soon. Local Identifier: 434-LB-2-XBD9706-02410tif.jpg, … Continue reading Images of the Week:New Digital Images

Images of the Week: Abbie Rowe’s Photographs of the Washington Redskins

With only a couple of weeks until the start of the NFL season, the theme this week is football.  The images below are part of the small series, "Photographs of Washington Redskins Football Games" (79-RED), which were taken by photographer Abbie Rowe. These photos are also available in our online catalog.   Local Identifier: 79-RED-32 … Continue reading Images of the Week: Abbie Rowe’s Photographs of the Washington Redskins

Images of the Week: Oil

The theme this week is oil and I’m not talking about cooking oil, but crude.  Here's several images from our holdings that might be of interest. Local Identifier: 330-CFD-DN-ST-90-04678 "Exxon tugboats escort the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez. A massive oil spill occurred when the vessel ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound … Continue reading Images of the Week: Oil

The Women’s Army Corps Requests “The Pleasure of Your Company”

Today’s guest blogger is Heidi Holmstrom.  Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. The Navy film How to Succeed with Brunettes teaches male officers how to behave like gentlemen, but what were the military’s expectations for the … Continue reading The Women’s Army Corps Requests “The Pleasure of Your Company”

If You Can’t Take the Heat…

This week’s guest post is from Richard Green, an archive technician in NARA’S motion picture department in College Park, MD.  He is currently studying history and psychology at the University of Maryland and is looking forward to attending graduate school in the fall of 2013.  On July 24, 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon traveled to … Continue reading If You Can’t Take the Heat…