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Judge Sentences Jason Savedoff For Thefts From FDR Libary

Monday, December 10th, 2012

On November 9, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake sentenced Jason Savedoff to twelve months and one day in prison, plus two years’ probation, for conspiracy and theft of historical documents from cultural institutions in four states, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Read the full article »

NHPRC Awards $2.6 Million in Grants

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has approved 46 proposals totaling $2,605,494 in Federal awards for projects in 35 states and the District of Columbia. This grants program is carried out through the National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete list of the approved grants is available online. Read the full article »

National Archives Opens RFK Cuban Missile Crisis Records

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library have released an additional seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, including documents relating primarily to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read the full article »

IMLS Seeking Applicants for 2013 Museum Grants

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for its Museums for America (MFA) and National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) programs. The two grant programs together are the largest source of federal funding specifically for museums in the United States. The application deadline is January 15, 2013. Read the full article »

NEH Awards $17.5 Million in Grants

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $17.5 million in grants for 246 humanities projects that span academic disciplines. This award cycle, institutions and independent scholars in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will receive NEH support. Complete state-by-state listings of grants are available here (52-page PDF). Read the full article »

NARA Releases Records on the World War II Katyn Forest Massacre

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Archives’ National Declassification Center (NDC) recently released more than 1000 new pages of material not

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previously available to the public on the Katyn Forest Massacre of Polish Army officers in the Soviet Union during World War II. A link to the web page describing this release and the history surrounding the incident is posted at: http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/katyn-massacre/ Read the full article »

National Archives Releases Watergate Court Records

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration recently released records that have been sealed under court order since the 1970s Watergate criminal trial of seven men involved in the Watergate burglary, U.S. v. Liddy, et al. The release includes 36 folders of documents totaling approximately 950 pages in accordance with a court order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Read the full article »

Archivist of the U.S. Fills Two Senior Management Positions

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Archivist of the United State David S. Ferriero recently announced the appointment of William J. Bosanko (“Jay”) as Chief Operating Officer for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), effective January 1, 2013. Ferriero also named Pamela Wright as NARA’s first Chief Innovation Officer, effective December 2, 2012. Read the full article »

Searchable FOIA Database Available Online

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Department of Commerce (DOC), have partnered to develop an online system aimed at expanding public access to information requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Read the full article »

National Archives and NOAA Digitize Navy Ship Logs

Monday, December 10th, 2012

For the first time, the public has free online access to historic Navy, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter ship logs between the pre-Civil War period through World War II under a digitization project announced by the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read the full article »

NARA and GPO Release New Presidential Documents App

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office (GPO) have released a Presidential Documents free mobile Web application (app) [http://m.gpo.gov/dcpd] on the President’s daily public activities. Read the full article »

Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Grants

Monday, December 10th, 2012

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced the award of more than $2.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition at eight Civil War battlefields. Read the full article »

U.S. Education Department Award Fulbright-Hays Grants

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants, totaling more than $3.2 million, to 34 institutions of higher education. At these institutions, 84 individual fellowships were awarded to doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies, for periods of six to 12 months. Read the full article »

Library of Congress Unveils New Public Legislative Information System

Friday, September 21st, 2012

This week, the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office (GPO), unveiled Congress.gov, a new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. Congress.gov, at beta.congress.gov, eventually will replace the public THOMAS system and the congressional Legislative Information System (LIS). Read the full article »

National Archives Issues New Fee Structure for Reproduction of Materials

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued an amended fee schedule for reproduction of archival materials in National Archives facilities nationwide. The new fee schedule starts October 1, 2012, and is accessible by clicking here. Read the full article »

National Archives to Mark 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis is the subject of a new exhibition, “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” opening in October at the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. Read the full article »

Georgia to Close State Archives Due to Budget Cuts

Friday, September 14th, 2012

On September 13, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that due to budget cuts the Georgia State Archives would be closing on November 1. After that date, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees. Georgia will become the only state without a fully accessible state archives. Read the full article »

National Park Service Seeks Input on Civil War Battlefield Preservation

Friday, September 14th, 2012

As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Park Service (NPS) is asking for public feedback about the future of the war’s touchstone battlefields. The NPS’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) has released a draft report about the conditions of the nation’s Civil War battlefields. Read the full article »

Information Security Oversight Office Releases Fundamental Classification Guidance Review

Friday, August 31st, 2012

On August 30, the National Archives Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) released the first Executive branch-wide Fundamental Classification Guidance Review covering 25 Federal agencies with significant classification programs. Agency summaries are available online [www.archives.gov/isoo/fcgr]. Read the full article »

National Coalition for History Asks Federal Court to Review FOIA Decision

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The National Coalition for History (NCH) has joined twelve other history and archival organizations, in requesting a Federal appeals court to review a lower court ruling that would prohibit the release of CIA records pertaining to the Bay of Pigs invasion that occurred over fifty years ago. If upheld, the decision could have a potentially chilling effect on historians, political scientists, academics and researchers gaining access to CIA files. Read the full article »