The NDC has released a listing of 62 entries that have completed declassification processing between December 1, 2014 and February 6, 2015 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies. Highlights include: Department of the Treasury, Briefing Books Prepared for Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, Department of … Continue reading NDC New Releases
Today’s post comes from NDC Director Sheryl Shenberger and is an updated listing of prioritized NDC projects for final processing. In my September 2014 blog post I offered a new option for prioritizing records that lack final processing: the opportunity for interested researchers to choose which series from a selected list should go the head … Continue reading Prioritization Update
The NDC has released a listing of 240 entries that have completed declassification processing between June 30 and October 10, 2014 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies. Highlights include: Department of the Treasury, Executive Secretariat Files, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), Office of Public … Continue reading New Releases from the National Declassification Center
Today's post comes from National Declassification Center Archives Specialist Dr. Amanda Weimer. Jose Pepín Bosch was a man of action. Having married into the Bacardi family in 1922, Bosch led the spirits company now known as Bacardi Limited from November 1944 until 1976. A Cuban patriot, he helped to emphasize the Cuban character integral to … Continue reading Rum and Diplomacy
Today's Blog Post is from Senior NDC Archivist (Special Assistant, NDC Evaluation and Special Projects Division) Patrice Brown. The beginning of the Panama Canal is well known. The routes considered, the French construction efforts, the United States entrance as the canal builder, and the characters involved. However, the transitional period between the Panamanian demands for … Continue reading 100 Years of the Panama Canal: The Age of Transition, 1964-73
Today's post comes from NDC Director Sheryl Shenberger and discusses a new option to help the NDC prioritize final processing of records. In the recently posted NDC Status Report on the NDC Declassification Website I noted that in completing quality assurance for the 352 million pages of backlog records (a good thing), we still faced … Continue reading A New Option for Prioritization
The NDC has released a listing of 286 entries that have completed declassification processing between March 7 and June 2, 2014 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies. Highlights include: Department of State, Records Of Nicholas Katzenbach, Department of State, Bureau Of Refugee Programs Office Of … Continue reading New Releases from The National Declassification Center
Many thanks to all who provided comment on our draft plan. I am happy to report that the plan is now available here: http://www.archives.gov/open/open-government-plan-3.0.pdf or as a Word document http://www.archives.gov/open/open-government-plan-3.0.docx Please continue to provide us with comments as we work to reach the goals set out in the plan.
In Section 5.4 of its 2012 - 2014 Open Government Plan http://www.archives.gov/open/open-government-plan-2.0.pdf, NARA discussed how it would assume a leadership role in the inter-agency process of reviewing historically valuable records for declassification and develop common processes among agencies to ensure a more efficient and effective review. As a result of these efforts, the National Declassification Center … Continue reading The NDC and Open Government
Today's find comes from Dr. Amanda Weimer, an Archives Specialist in the NDC. The National Declassification Center recently responded to a Freedom of Information Act request for documents created and collected by the Department of the Air Force on the topic of “flying discs,” popularly known as “unidentified flying objects” (UFOs). The Air Force studied sightings … Continue reading What on Earth Is It?