Archive for October, 2010

Pelosi Appoints Dr. Matthew Wasniewski as New House Historian

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

On October 20, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew Wasniewski as the new Historian of the House of Representatives. Dr. Wasniewski, who currently serves as the historian in the House Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation, received the unanimous recommendation of the House Historian Search Committee appointed by Speaker Pelosi with the input of House Republican Leader John Boehner who concurred on the appointment. Read the full article »

National Archives to Put the Founders Papers Online

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, has announced a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America. Read the full article »

Veterans Day Marks Efforts to Honor and Preserve Veterans History

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

As Veterans Day approaches, programs are underway to promote the preservation of the history of the nation’s veterans and to honor their service to our

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country. These include the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress and “Take a Veteran to School Day” sponsored by the History Channel. Read the full article »

Congress Delays Consideration of FY 2011 Budget

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Congress recessed for the fall elections without passing any

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of the twelve individual fiscal year 2011 appropriations bills. FY 2011 began on October 1.

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The Congress passed legislation, known as a continuing resolution, to temporarily fund federal agencies until early-December at current FY 2010 levels. Read the full article »

FOIA Ombudsman Office Marks First Year

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the agency created by Congress to oversee compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and serve as an ombudsman for FOIA requesters, recently marked its first year of existence. OGIS has issued a report on its website documenting the agency’s performance over the past year. Read the full article »

National Archives Announces “DocsTeach” Online Tool for Teachers

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The National Archives recently launched, a new online tool for teaching with documents. DocsTeach combines primary source content with the interactive capabilities of the Internet. Read the full article »

2010 Secrecy Report Card Released

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The 2010 Secrecy Report Card was recently released by the watchdog group The report shows a continued decrease in most indicators of secrecy since the end of the Bush Administration and growing backlogs in the declassification system as old secrets move through the system. The report covers the first 9 months of President Obama’s Administration. Read the full article »

National Park Service Awards $1.3 Million in Preserve America Grants

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Wayne Donaldson, recently announced $1.3 million in Preserve America grants to 22 projects in 16 states. Read the full article »

Library of Congress Study Shows Dire State of Sound Recording Preservation and Access

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) has released a major report detailing the state of sound-recording preservation and access. “The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age,” outlines the issues that threaten the long-term survival of America’s sound-recording history. Read the full article »

NARA Announces Pilot Program to Assist Researchers on Weekends

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

In response to user requests, for the month of November, 2010, the National Archives at College Park, MD (Archives II) will undertake a pilot program to provide archival records retrieval service for textual records on Saturdays. Read the full article »

National Archives Schedules Advisory Panel Meetings

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The National Archives recently announced upcoming meetings of three advisory panels: the Advisory Committee on Presidential Library-Foundation Partnerships, the Advisory Committee on the Electronic Records Archive (ACERA) and the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). Read the full article »

Civil War Preservation Trust Receives Park Service Conservation Award

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

On October 21, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented a Partners in Conservation Award to the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) for its partnership with the National Park Service to permanently preserve nearly 30,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land across the United States. The Civil War Preservation Trust is a member of the National Coalition for History. Read the full article »