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African-American Art: From the Congo to 42nd Street and Beyond

Today’s blog is written by Kevin L. Bradley, Archives Technician in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Division at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland African-American art has been a vital part of the American experience from the time … Continue reading

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Descendants of Solomon Northup Walk in His Path

Today’s blog is written by Vera J. Williams, IT Specialist in the BP Project Assistance Division at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland On January 15, 2014, the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a family member, Clayton … Continue reading

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The Pole at Last

 Today’s blog is written by Netisha Currie, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. In addition to permanent government records, the National Archives also holds many documents and artifacts relating to polar exploration. These records were donated by many … Continue reading

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Harmon Foundation Collection: Artwork by Black Artists

Today’s blog post was written by Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. At the National Archives there are several collections affiliated with the federal government that has records relating to the African and African … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Revisited: Equal Human Rights over Minority Perceptions

Today’s blog was written by Micah Colston, Archives Technician at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland and a graduate student at the University of Maryland   We are not too surprised when we hear about cases of racial profiling, … Continue reading

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Re-Post: Celebrating the 95th Birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela through NARA Photographs

Today’s blog was written by Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives and Michael Arzate, Summer Diversity Intern at the National Archives In honor of the life of Nelson Mandela, the Rediscovery Black History committee would like to re-post … Continue reading

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Free Electronic Records at NARA

Today’s blog was written by William Smith, Information Technology Specialist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.   The internet and new technology has lowered the cost of access to electronic records. In the past, researchers would have to … Continue reading

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Updates from the National Archives: Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave, the theatrical depiction of the memoir of Solomon Northrup, has garnered much deserved media attention. Not since Alex Haley’s Roots (1977) have discussions about the depictions of slavery been so prevalent. The National Archives blog Education … Continue reading

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Wanted: Colored Inventors

Today’s blog post was written by Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland Most of what we know about African American inventors came from the research of Henry E. Baker. Born on September 1, 1857, … Continue reading

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Federal Records Documenting Caribbean Immigrants: 1890-1930

Today’s blog is written by Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. When commencing research at the National Archives, genealogists typically begin with census, immigration, and military records.  In terms of federal records, these are … Continue reading

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