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Alphabetical List of Publications

We offer a selection of guides, finding aids, microfilm catalogs, and special archival publications useful to anyone, especially scholars, archivists, historians, and researchers.

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American Originals

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Combining the familiar with the obscure, American Originals presents glimpses of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Elvis Presley, John Muir, Rosa Parks, John Brown, Susan B. Anthony, and many others, through a selection of the nation's greatest documentary treasures. 2000.



American Women and the U.S. Armed Forces: A Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National Archives Relating to American Women

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Covering the last two centuries, the records highlighted in this volume discuss women as participants in and victims of war, suppliers of military goods and services, and wives and mothers of soldiers. 1992.



Bill of Rights

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The Bill of Rights. 1986.



Bill of Rights: Evolution of Personal Liberties (Curriculum Unit)

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The Bill of Rights is designed for upper elementary through college-level classrooms. The boxed unit contains 46 facsimiles of documents, historical background for the documents, and 10 lesson plans that trace the history of the Bill of Rights and the evolution of liberties protected by the great charter. 1998.



Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives

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This award-winning research guide provides accurate, concise information about civilian records held by the National Archives textual, photographic, and audiovisual that can be used to study the history of African Americans. 1984.



Black Studies: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications

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This expanded edition of Black Studies describes a wealth of historical records for research in African American history and genealogy. Over 200 microfilm publications are listed—including 60 new or previously uncited series—that document the African American experience from the post-Revolutionary era to the early 20th century.



Brochures and General Information Leaflets

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Pamphlets, Brochures, and General Information Leaflets. 1990-2005.



Confederacy: A Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America

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This companion volume to The Union is a guide to the official archives of the government of the Confederate States of America. 1986.



Discovering the Civil War

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Discovering the Civil War peels back 150 years of accumulated analysis, interpretation, and opinion to reveal a Civil War that is little-known. Featuring over 250 letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, receipts, patents, amendments and proclamations from the incomparable holdings of the National Archives, it takes a fresh look at the Civil War through little-known stories, seldom-seen documents, and unusual perspectives. Grouped into themes such as "Spies and Conspiracies," "Prisoners and Casualties," "Global War," and "Raising Armies," this new book looks beyond the battlefield to the experiences of ordinary people. Famous documents, such as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, are juxtaposed with innovative wartime patents, including a multipurpose device that could serve as a tent, knapsack, or blanket, and a message in Chinese script asking for Confederate ships to be barred from Chinese ports - proving that the Civil War became a truly international struggle.



Discovery Book About Federal Courts

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What is a Federal court? How were Federal courts established? What kind of Federal courts are there? What is the purpose of a trial? These and many other questions about our court system are answered in this educational activity book for fifth- and sixth-grade students. Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Judiciary Act of 1789, Federal Courts contains a variety of exercises and activities based on records of actual court cases in the National Archives. 1989.



Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

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In this three-volume set, two volumes describe the nearly 1.7 million cubic feet of records transferred to the custody of the National Archives as of October 1, 1994, and the third volume indexes these descriptions. 1996.



Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, Third Edition

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The Guide is an indispensable aid for researching family genealogy, local history, and social trends. 2001.



Guide to Pre-Federal Records in the National Archives

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This guide will assist the researcher in locating within the National Archives those records created during, or directly related to, the pre-Federal era of US history the period before the Constitution went into effect on March 4, 1789. 1989.



Guide to Records Relating to US Military Participation in World War II (Part 1) Superseded

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This series of guides identifies and describes the activities of the many military agencies that had a role in World War II. 1996.



Guide to Records Relating to US Military Participation in World War II (Part 2) Superseded

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This second volume identifies and describes records in the National Archives that document the activities of the many military agencies involved in armaments production and procurement, lend-lease, stockpiling and consumption of strategic and conventional industrial materials, shipbuilding, military construction, protection of the Western Hemisphere, logistical support, services furnished to personnel, surveys of soldier attitudes, and detention of POWs and civilian internees. 1998.



Guide to Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989

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Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-1989.



Guide to Records of the U.S. Senate at the National Archives, 1789-1989

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Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789-1989.



Holocaust, Israel, and the Jews: Motion Pictures in the National Archives

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This guide is an indispensable tool for locating films related to modern Jewish history in the National Archives holdings, presenting an annotated listing of films and portions of films produced by the armed forces, civilian Federal agencies, and commercial newsreel sources. 1989.



Holocaust-Era Assets: A Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland

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This aid to locating records in the National Archives focuses primarily on efforts to identify, recover, and restitute assets hidden or stolen by Nazi Germany during World War II. 1999.



Holocaust: The Documentary Evidence

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Once in power, the Nazis attempted to build a new social order in Europe a society based on race and created through military force, mass murder, and mass slavery. NARA has preserved thousands of captured documents of their effort. 1993.



List of Free Genealogy Publications

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Free Pamphlets, Brochures, and General Information Leaflets of interest to Genealogists. 1992-2004.



Making Archives Accessible for People with Disabilities

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An archives should be prepared to meet and deal with a variety of disabilities that may involve restricted abilities for walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, perceiving or understand ing, or physical coordination. This publication gives information on how to make archives accessible for people with disabilities



Management of Archives

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"In this book, Dr. Schellenberg successfully undertakes to define the archival methodology that hertofore has been available only in isolated books and journals... An indispensible manual, which anticipates and answers most questions that arise in the handline of nonpublic records." --The American Archivist 1988.



Microfilm Catalogs

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NARA has microfilmed over 3,000 series of Federal records that contain a wealth of valuable information for scholars and other researchers. A comprehensive catalog that lists these microfilm publications by record group is available, as are catalogs for Federal population censuses covering the years 1790-1930.



Milestone Documents in the National Archives

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This book features 22 of the most important "permanently valuable" records of the Federal Government--records that protect public and private rights or contain useful information for researchers and the general public. 1995.



Modern Archives Reader: Basic Readings on Archival Theory and Practice

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A Modern Archives Reader brings together, in a single volume, classic essays of archival literature that outline and define the basic theories of archives administration and recent articles that reexamine basic concepts and demonstrate the practical application of archival principles. 1984.



New Deal for the Arts

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The topical organization of A New Deal for the Arts reflects several of the important themes found within New Deal art the projects' use of American history, their celebration of the common man and woman, their support for the New Deal, their political activism and the art that was a product of these concerns, and their sponsorship of "practical" arts. 1996.



Our Mothers Before Us: Women and Democracy, 1789-1920 (Curriculum Unit)

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Produced by the Center for Legislative Archives, Our Mothers Before Us traces the history of women’s organized petition campaigns from the First Congress in 1789 to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. 2000.
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Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photographs from the National Archives

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Marking the end of the 20th century, Picturing the Century selects 157 photographs from one of the world's largest photographic archives--the vast collections of the National Archives and Records Administration in the Washington, DC, area, regional records facilities, and Presidential libraries. 1999.



Presidential Perspectives from the National Archives

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This series highlights modern American Presidents and the National Archives Presidential Libraries System. Each richly illustrated booklet features a brief Presidential biography and a description of the respective library and its holdings. 1992 - 1994.
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Records Management Publications and Posters

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In compliance with the agency’s publication distribution policies, NARA is moving toward disseminating all records management publications and posters primarily via the Internet. The publications and posters may be downloaded and reproduced as needed.



Records of Our National Life

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Published in honor of the Archives' 75th anniversary, Records of Our National Life is an extensively illustrated volume that takes the reader on a journey through American history, from the struggle for independence to the 2009 tally of electoral votes. Featuring more than 800 documents, maps, photographs, and drawings, as well as essays by some of Americas leading journalists, political commentators, and broadcasters, the book provides readers with a glimpse into the extensive holdings of the Archives.



Reference Information Papers

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Reference Information Papers describe National Archives materials on specific topics found in several different record groups. The form and style of these Papers vary, and the records are described at the record group, series, or item level.



Select List of Publications: Inventories, Preliminary Inventories, and Special Lists

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Inventories and preliminary inventories provide researchers with series-level descriptions of the holdings of individual record groups in the National Archives.



Story of the Constitution

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This popular history was first published in 1937 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Constitution. A new introduction by Daniel Elazar, Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University, sets the book in historical context and explains why it is a classic in constitutional studies. 1937, 1986.



Teaching With Documents (Article Compilations)

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The following four volumes feature 113 articles, most of which have appeared in Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies. Each article supports a document from the National Archives, providing historical context and related teaching activities. Various dates.



Teaching With Documents (Curriculum Units)

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These curriculum units are designed to help students of US history, government, and economics to understand the process by which history is written and to develop analytical skills. Each unit contains about 50 reproductions of documents, charts, photographs, letters, drawings, and posters and a detailed teacher's guide. The materials deal with key issues of the period, with governmental and political responses to these issues, and with public attitudes. Various dates.



Technical Information Papers on Preservation and Standards

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Technical Information Papers report on archival innovations resulting from studies made at the National Archives or for NARA under contract. Publications are available in hard copy and on microfiche.



The Emancipation Proclamation

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n/a 1996.
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Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

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This lavishly illustrated book, based on the exhibition of the same name, showcases over 200 gifts sent to Presidents from Hoover through Clinton. 1996.



Trans-Mississippi West, 1804-1912: A Guide to Federal Records for the Territorial Period

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This multi-volume guide identifies and describes records in the National Archives that are associated with the American West. These guides alert readers to the research potential of these records and assist in their location. 1993 - 1997.
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Treasures of Congress

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Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the move of the Congress to Washington, DC, from Philadelphia, Treasures of Congress showcases the role the House and Senate have played in our history through reproductions of fascinating petitions, resolutions, roll call votes, and bills. 2000.



Union: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War

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This guide provides an opportunity to study the vast collection of US Government documents in the National Archives that relate to the Civil War. 1962/1986.



Woman's War Too: U.S. Women in the Military in World War II

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More than 350,000 women volunteered to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II. This volume, comprising the proceedings of a conference held at the National Archives at College Park, is a compelling account of these volunteers' groundbreaking efforts to establish women's units within the traditional military service branches. 1996.



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