Prologue Magazine

Prologue Magazine

National Personnel Records Center

A new home for the National Personnel Records Center keeps the records of military and civilian personnel safe and accessible.

King and Bridge courts-martial in World War II

Jack Kerouac, in his pre-Beat days, sought to join the U.S. Navy, but the Navy rejected him.

Berlin Crisis of 1961

Recently declassified documents shed new light on the Berlin Crisis of 1961.


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From the Archivist


In the Magazine

  • Nazis Soaring over Washington?

  • Smugglers, Bootleggers, Scofflaws

  • All Hands on Deck: A Sailor's Life in 1812

  • Authors on the Record: The Hellhound of Wall Street

  • Foundation for the National Archives

  • Pieces of History: Bogie's Boat

Genealogy Notes

Leaving the Army during Mr. Madison's War

War of 1812 Army Discharge Certificates

War of 1812 Army discharge certificates are an unexpected source of information about military service.

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