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John H. White: Portrait of Black Chicago

This site provides a glimpse into the richness of African American History. Portrait of Black Chicago, a new exhibit from the National Archives and Records Administration, contains nineteen annotated photos by John H. White, a Chicago newspaper photographer, taken for the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUAMERICA project in the 1970s. The photos provide a "slice of life" of African American...

https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/portrait_of_black_chicago/...
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Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians

For readers who are fascinated by genealogy, the National Archives has a page dedicated to helping people find their roots. The easiest place to start is the section entitled "Start Your Family Research." There readers will find instructions about how to start their research, some helpful research tips, guidance on the use of the site's military records, and reference reports on a range of topics,...

https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy
Women's History Month

More than half a dozen government cultural agencies, including the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have contributed to this website celebrating Women's History Month. The theme for 2009 is "Women's commitment to the environment", but this website also has information on influential women in...

https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
Tokens & Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

The National Archives and Records Administration has an exquisite online exhibit displaying gifts that were given to twelve U.S. presidents by ordinary citizens, famous artists, and heads of state. The "Gifts of State" link highlights the latter. There are more than a few pieces that are simply beautiful, such as the rich, red enamel and gold tea set given to Franklin Roosevelt by the Crown and...

https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/tokens_and_treasures/token...
Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans

How does one get students excited about the Great Depression? It can be done, and the National Archives' "Teaching With Documents" site offers a cornucopia of lesson plans on this and other periods of American history. Each lesson plan contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the National Archives holdings, and the plans are correlated to the National History Standards and National...

https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons
Official 1940 Census Website

The official 1940 Census website went online last spring. It is an invaluable resource for genealogists, historians, and the curious alike. In the "Getting Started" area, visitors will learn how the census works and the best way to search for specific records. The steps here include five discrete directions for correcting locating a specific individual in the 1940 census records. Also, a series of...

https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940
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National Archives at St. Louis

In 2011, the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) moved into a new purpose-built facility in St. Louis. This transition was an important step for a center that houses over 2. 5 million cubic feet of records. On their homepage, visitors can look at the "NPRC Records Holdings, Overview" section to learn about the records they have on-site, which include the official personnel folders of former...

https://www.archives.gov/st-louis
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Veterans' Service Records

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has created this handy start page to serve the needs of veterans, their families, and researchers who are looking for military records. Especially for vets, there's an information box with instructions on how to request military service records online, by mail, or by fax. For researchers, there's a page listing specific records that are...

https://www.archives.gov/veterans
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A City Torn Apart: Building of the Berlin Wall

This report, published in conjunction with a 2011 symposium on the Berlin Wall, is the first of a three part history and covers the years 1945 to 1961. A joint project between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Archives and Records Administration - National Declassification Center, the publication can be read in its entirety on this site. To understand the human impact of the...

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/collection/berlin-wall-colle...
The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

The history of human civilizations is rife with disastrous epidemics and plagues, a fact that is sometimes lost on modern-day pundits and commentators. Fortunately, the National Archives hasn’t forgotten about one of history’s more recent tragedies, namely the influenza epidemic of 1918. They recently created this engaging and fascinating collection of documents and photographs that offer a...

https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/
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