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Agency History

Agency History

Historians’ Declaration:  Apollo 11 Astronauts Not Subject to Customs Inspection on Return from the Moon Stephen Garber, David McKinney, and Jennifer Ross-Nazzal A 1971 photo shows Alan Shepard (left), commander of the Apollo 14 mission, handing the customs declaration to the Customs Regional Commissioner for Houston, Texas, who accepted [...]

Policy History

Policy History

Combat Studies Institute historians, 2012 The Business of History Gregory J. Martin Reposted from The Federalist, Fall 2015, Issue #47  “Without this new approach to treating history programs as you might a business, history professionals and resource managers will continue to talk past each other.”  Federal history programs seem to [...]

Interviews

Interviews

Society for History in the Federal Government SHFG Interviews were originally published in The Federalist newsletter issues noted below. See contents of all issues at  http://shfg.org/shfg/publications/the-federalist/  EXCERPTS BELOW.  Join SHFG and receive The Federalist:  >>Membership Kris Kirby, Superintendent, Manhattan [...]

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Documenting and Preserving the History of the Bracero Program By Stephen Velasquez       This article originally appeared in The Federalist, No. 22, Summer 2009. NMAH curator collects information from a former bracero at a town hall collection meeting in San Jose, CA, 2005. Photo by UTEP. In March 2004, two months after President [...]

Oral History

Oral History

Oral History Collection at the Social Security Administration The SSA History Office has added to its online oral history catalogue in recent years. The interviews focus on the administrative and institutional history of the Social Security program. At the core are the older oral histories conducted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the [...]

Digital History

Digital History

ERR Diary to NARA and the USHMM The Rosenberg at USHMM Alfred Rosenberg headed the Third Reich’s Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, or ERR, the main agency for the systematic looting of art and cultural treasures in Nazi-occupied countries. The greatest works were intended for Hitler’s planned private museum at Linz, and the ERR’s [...]

Declassification

Declassification

National Declassification Center Forum The National Declassification Center’s (NDC) forum at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on April 10, 2015, offered an important public revelation of the difficulties and concerns with current declassification efforts. The session, titled “NDC Prioritization: What Secrets Do People [...]

Archives/Electronic Records

Archives/Electronic Records

Investigating Civil Rights: Class 144 Department of Justice Case Files By Tina L. Ligon Originally published in The Federalist newsletter Issue #43, Fall 2014 (http://shfg.org/shfg/publications/the-federalist/) A letter to the Attorney General concerning the Emmett Till case, January 17, 1956 Class 144 (Civil Rights) Litigation Case [...]

Education

Education

History Graduates are Not Alone: An Improved System for All College Alum Is Needed for a New Era in the Employment Marketplace By Laura J. Sweeney I pursued my master’s degree in history because of my love of the discipline, and mistakenly “believed” there would be plentiful job prospects in community college teaching. However, I never [...]

Military History

Military History

The Making of the Manhattan Project Park Cynthia C. Kelly (excerpted from The Federalist, winter 2015-16) Women at Y-12 Gate The making of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park took more than five times as long as the making of the atomic bomb itself (1942–1945). Fifteen years after the first efforts to preserve some of the [...]

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