Archive for October, 2007

Report Shows 17% of Library of Congress Materials “Unaccounted For”

Friday, October 26th, 2007

The Library of Congress came under fire from Congress this week when an internal Inspector General’s report surfaced showing that nearly 17 percent of materials requested by users from the Library’s inventory could not be found. Of that figure, 4 percent were found to be in processing, but nearly 13 percent were considered unaccounted for. Read the full article »

National Archives Reaches Deal With FamilySearch to Digitize Civil War Records

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) have announced a five-year partnership agreement to digitize case files of approved pension applications of widows of Civil War Union soldiers from NARA’s holdings. Read the full article »

Library of Congress and UNESCO Sign World Digital Library Agreement

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and UNESCO Assistant Director for Communication and Information Abdul Waheed Khan recently signed an agreement at UNESCO headquarters in Paris pledging cooperative efforts to build a World Digital Library Web site. Read the full article »

Archives Announces Initial Release of Military Personnel Files

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has announced it will open for the first time all of the individual Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) of Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard military personnel who served and were discharged, retired or died while in the service, prior to 1946. Read the full article »

New Director Named for Clinton Presidential Library

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein recently announced the appointment of Terri Garner as the new director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 2005 to the present, Ms. Garner has served as Executive Director of the Bangor Museum and Center for History. Garner will assume her duties on November 5, 2007. Read the full article »

ISOO Chief Leonard Named Senior Aide to U.S. Archivist

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

This week, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced that J. William Leonard, Director of the Information Security Oversight Office, who will be retiring from the post at year’s end, has agreed to become Senior Counselor to the Archivist beginning in January 2008. Read the full article »

Roy Rosenzweig 1950–2007

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Dr. Roy Rosenzweig, the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University, passed away October 11, 2007, of cancer.

At George Mason University, Rosenzweig also headed the Center for History and New Media (which he cofounded), and developed it with a pioneering enthusiasm, making it one of the leading centers for digital history. Read the full article »

Education Department Accepting Applications for FY ’08 Teaching American History Grants

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

On October 10, the U.S. Department of Education announced that has begun accepting applications for new fiscal year (FY) 2008 Teaching American History Grants (TAH). The deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply is November 9, 2007. The deadline for transmittal of applications is December 10, 2007. Read the full article »

George Mason University Awarded Contract to Create a National History Education Clearinghouse

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

George Mason University has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Education–valued at $7 million if fully funded over five years–to create a National History Education Clearinghouse. The online project, which will be housed in Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM), will focus on historical thinking and learning. It will also help K-12 history teachers become more effective educators and show their students why history is relevant to their daily lives. CHNM will partner in the project with Stanford University, the American Historical Association and the National History Center. Read the full article »

National Museum of American History Names Historians to Board

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History recently elected three historians, Ellsworth H. Brown, James O. Horton, and Vicki Ruiz to its advisory board. The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents approved the candidates for three-year terms with the option of serving a second term. Read the full article »

GAO Criticizes Smithsonian Maintenance and Security Practices

Friday, October 5th, 2007

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report critical of the Smithsonian Institution’s maintenance and security practices. The GAO specifically cited the Smithsonian Board of Regents for not responding to recommendations in a 2005 GAO report that urging a more aggressive approach to raising funds from the private sector and less reliance on scarce federal dollars. Read the full article »

President Clinton Accuses Bush Administration of Delaying Release of His Records

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Former President Bill Clinton recently jumped into the political debate surrounding the disposition of presidential records. A story in the October 4, 2007, New York Sun reported that President Clinton recently asserted that the Bush administration was at fault for delaying the release of his records. Read the full article »

Senator Lieberman Tells Colleagues to Stop Blocking Presidential Records Bill

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

On October 2, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) called for an end to the hold that has been blocking Senate consideration of “The Presidential Records Act Amendment of 2007 (H.R. 1255).” Read the full article »

Federal Judge Invalidates Order Allowing Former Presidents to Withhold Records

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

On October 1, a federal district court judge gave historians and researchers a partial, but significant victory in a lawsuit questioning the legality of President George W. Bush’s Executive Order (EO) 13233, which broadened the rights of presidents and former-presidents to withhold federal records from the public. The judge struck down the section of the EO that allows a former president to indefinitely delay the release of records. Read the full article »

Tell Senator Bunning to Stop Blocking the Presidential Records Bill

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

On September 24, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) objected to floor consideration of the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007″ (H.R. 1255), at least temporarily holding up a vote on the bill. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sought to have the bill brought up under the Senate’s unanimous consent rule that allows non-controversial bills to be considered on an expedited basis. When she did so, Senator Bunning objected to consideration of the bill. Read the full article »

NHPRC Director Evans to Retire

Monday, October 1st, 2007

On October 1, Executive Director Max J. Evans announced that he will be retiring from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) on January 31, 2008. Mr. Evans, who was appointed in January 2003, will be assuming a new position with the Latter Day Saints Church Historical Department in Salt Lake City, Utah. No timetable was given for the naming of a replacement. Read the full article »