Bill Clinton on the saxophone at the White House celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival. June 18, 1993.
The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year! Today, the National Archives celebrates six decades of music with Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a panel discussion with George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival; Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist, and NEA Jazz Master; and jazz musicians Jonathan Batisteand Christian McBride. Film clips of the 1960 festival (from the holdings of the National Archives) will complement the discussion.
Join us today, Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yVVsGFuaA) or in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue). More info here.
This morning, the National Archives hosted a special naturalization ceremony in the Rotunda. Fifty new citizens were sworn in from 44 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bolivia, and Zimbabwe.
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero gave opening remarks. During the ceremony Ms. Lori Scialabba, the Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; the Honorable Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security; and First Lady Michelle Obama all gave remarks.
Photo Credit: Jeff Reed.
One Year of Founders Online
This month we celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of Founders Online – a tool for seamless searching across the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. In the past year, the site has received over 400,000 visits.
An example of the power of the site shows in its great search results. When I searched for “Cotton,” “Beverly,” and “Washington,” the results returned the exact document I had in mind – a diary entry by George Washington written in 1789 remarking on his visit to the cotton manufactury in my home town of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
Our own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will introduce President Carter tonight at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is hosting the summit on April 8, 9, and 10.
You can watch the panel discussions and keynote address live on their website: http://www.civilrightssummit.org/updates/
The keynote speakers include President Barack Obama and three former Presidents: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.
Learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in our new Google Cultural Institute exhibit, which includes videos, letters, telegrams, meeting minutes, and high resolution photos.
Image: LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Serial Number: A1030-17a Date: 08/06/1965. Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto.
The Monuments Men
Last week we were privileged to host two special advance screenings of The Monuments Men, one especially for the staff of the National Archives. Thanks to the generosity of Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men upon which the film is based for making this possible. The film will open in theaters around the country on February 7th.
In our East Rotunda Gallery, through the 19th of February, our featured document is an Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) album that records artwork looted by the Nazis during the Second World War – one of a series of photo albums created for Adolph Hitler’s benefit to document the Nazis’ systematic looting of cultural treasures and to serve as a pick list for his planned museum in Linz after the war. The Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program recruited the group known as the Monuments Men (although there were also Monuments Women), and they used these albums to return treasures to their rightful owners. The volume on display is one of several recently discovered albums donated to the National Archives by Robert Edsel, the president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. The newly discovered albums supplement the 40 already in the custody of the National Archives.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is our first guest in a series of conversations with the Supreme Court Justices of the United States.
Yale law professor and Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar will lead the discussion, focusing on ideas, viewpoints, and issues related to the Constitution and their impact on the American people.
Join us on January 14 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Details here.
Image: Photograph of Supreme Court Building, ARC 594954.
You can’t snuggle with the Constitution, but you can sleep next to it! This sleepover in the Rotunda is open to children, ages 8-12, who are accompanied by an adult. Registration fees are $125 per person (more information at http://www.archivesfoundation.org/sleepover/)
Participants get to meet author Brad Meltzer, who will set the way for an evening of historical missions and discovery. Learn to decode Civil War ciphers, write with a quill pen, dress up in period clothing, and play with historic toys and games from our patent collection.
Children will also get to meet journalist and author Cokie Roberts, and interact with historical characters Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart. The evening wraps up with a selection of Oscar-nominated short films in the William G. McGowan Theater.
Participants will receive the first two books in Brad Meltzer’s brand new children’s series, I am Abraham Lincoln and I am Amelia Earhart. Written by Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, each book tells the real-life story of an ordinary person who changed the world.To register, download the Sleepover Registration packet, and send the completed forms to email@example.com.
This morning was the Big Reveal for the first document to be displayed in our new Records of Rights exhibit!
Deputy Archivist Debra Wall (in yellow) and journalist Cokie Roberts revealed the 14th Amendment at our tweet up.
The public voted online, and the 14th Amendment received over half the votes.
The other documents from the vote will be displayed in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery over the upcoming year. Come and visit us: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/rubenstein-gallery.html
And We’re Back!
Congress has restored funding of appropriated activities and the National Archives has begun to resume normal operations.
· Staff will be recalled in a phased manner and should wait for a call from a supervisor before reporting to work.
· The National Archives Building in Washington, DC and the National Archives at College Park, MD will be closed to the public today, October 17 to give staff time to ensure the proper protection of holdings.
· Facilities around the country, including Presidential Libraries, will open to the public as they complete re-start procedures and are ready to accept visitors from the public.
Please check http://www.archives.gov/ for updates, and we’ll let you know on our various social media channels as the situation changes.
…we will now return to our regularly scheduled Tumblr-ing. We missed you!
Image: First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson at the Dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library , 11/04/1991.