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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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Posters: See list of posters from the past. These posters have been painstakingly reproduced from original materials in the holdings of the National Archives.

Prologue Magazine: See previous issues of NARA's quarterly publication featuring stories based on the rich holdings and programs of the National Archives.

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A Guide to Civil War Maps in the National Archives

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Civil War Maps in the National Archives lists the approximately 8,000 Civil War maps, charts, and plans in the Cartographic and Architectural Branch of the National Archives, the largest single body of cartographic records pertaining to the American Civil War. The records described in this guide are maps, plans, and charts containing information relating directly to Civil War operations and installations. Most of the material described dates from the war and was produced for use by the military forces or to accompany official reports. Many of the maps that are contemporary with the war do not deal specifically with military operations, but do provide information concerning the areas directly affected by the conflict. A number of postwar maps contain military information, usually prepared for historical purposes or in connection with official investigations of Civil War operations.

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.

Bill of Rights

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The Bill of Rights. 1986.

Brochures and General Information Leaflets

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

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.

Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives

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Whether you're an experienced researcher or just getting started, the Genealogy Tool Kit will help you to navigate the records of the National Archives, from census and naturalization records to military and federal land grant records. With checklists to track your progress, family trees to fill in as you discover your ancestors, and room for taking notes, the Tool Kit will also serve as your own record of your family history project. [Throughout the book, researchers such as Ken Burns tell stories of their own personal discoveries.] Published by the Foundation for the National Archives

Lighthouse Plans in the National Archives: Special List 57

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A Special List of Lighthouse-Related Drawings in Record Group 26.

List of Free Genealogy Publications

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project

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Bad fashion, odd fads, and disco dance music sum up the 1970s for many Americans. But the 1970s were much more than leisure suits, streaking, and disco. Profound changes took root in our politics, society, and economy. Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project draws on the National Archives' photographic holdings to take a new look at those years through the lens of a Federal photography project created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DOCUMERICA photographers took thousands of color photographs and were given the freedom to also capture the era's trends, fashions, problems, and achievements. The result is an amazing archive and a fascinating portrait of America from 1972 to 1977.

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.

The Emancipation Proclamation

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n/a 1996.

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.

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.

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