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Press Release
July 2, 2010

National Archives Launches "Inside The Vaults" New Video Series

Washington, DC…The National Archives is unveiling a new initiative today that is part of its ongoing effort to make its collections, its stories, and its accomplishments more accessible to the public. This new video series entitled “Inside the Vaults” will give voice to Archives staff and users, highlight new and exciting finds at the Archives, and report on complicated and technical subjects in easily understandable presentations.

“Our buildings are filled with riveting stories waiting to be told. One way to tell them is through video, drawing on the knowledge of the Archives’ specialists and the collections they oversee. We are very excited about this new way for us to get news and information about the Archives out to the public,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero.

In time for the National Archives July 4th celebration, the first two-minute video features Catherine Nicholson, National Archives supervisory conservator, discussing the conservation of the original Declaration of Independence. The videos will be hosted online on the National Archives YouTube Channel [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ovu0a6pL8] and the National Archives web site, [www.archives.gov].

"Inside the Vaults" will cover a host of topics including highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. Created by a former broadcast network news producer, these shorts will present “behind the scenes” exclusives and offer surprising glimpses of the National Archives treasures.

These videos are in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution of them.

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