Historic Maps and Photos of the National Zoo

This post was written in collaboration with Carla Simms The National Zoo in Washington D.C. is one of the capital’s most celebrated landmarks.  The zoo was created by an act of congress in 1889, and officially made a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution the following year.  Since its founding, the zoo has been a pioneer in … Continue reading Historic Maps and Photos of the National Zoo

Forrest Gump at the Archives

Films from the National Archives can be found all over the world. Clips from our collection end up in documentaries, television shows, museums, classrooms, and living rooms. But sometimes, they end up in places you would not expect.  When dealing with archival film, you never know what you’re going to get… In commemoration of the … Continue reading Forrest Gump at the Archives

If You Can’t Take the Heat…

This week’s guest post is from Richard Green, an archives 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…