• Using NARA's Descriptive Pamphlets for Freedmen's Bureau Research

    Other than the service of Black veterans in the Union armed forces during the Civil War, the work of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) represents the federal governmen...
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  • NARA Records Pertaining to Free Blacks in the Antebellum Period (1783-1861)

    NARA’s reference staff often receive inquiries from researchers and genealogists seeking records that document the nation’s history of slavery and slaveholding. Most of these researchers hope to get beyond...
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  • 100 Years: Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

    Records of the American National Red Cross. Photo Album of the Tulsa Massacre and Aftermath, 12/1921. National Archives Identifier 157688056, image 79. The Tulsa Massacre of 1921 was one of the worst instances of ...
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Civil Rights Blog #3: A Guide for Researchers Accessing Records of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

    Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Civil Rights Blog #3 A Guide for Researchers Accessing Records of the U.S. Commission on Civil RightsRay Bottorff Jr   On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed int...
  • Civil Rights in America

    Civil rights guarantee our rights as individuals and form an essential part of our democracy. The United States has a long history of endeavoring to define, secure, and protect the civil rights of Americans. Civil...
  • Celebrating African American History Month

    Join us in a celebration of African American History Month! The National Archives holds a wealth of materials documenting the African American experience. We invite you to learn more about the extraordinary contributi...
  • Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage and Vision

    This is from a blog post by Tina Ligon...   In celebration of the March 2017 grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor’s Center, the National Archives joins the National Park Service...
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  • African American Records - Digitization Projects Supported by the NHPRC

    The National Archives holds many records related to African American history, culture, and heritage, and we also have many resources that can help researchers both discover and access those records. If you’re in...
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  • What's Your Story, Neal Caldwell?

    A series of occasional posts, where we let our former colleagues "tell their story".       My story? Well, a lot of it is about getting things from here to there.       I was ...
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  • Learning from government history

    Sharing a link to NARA historian Jessie Kratz's introductory post to a series this month at the Prologue blog, Celebrating Black History Month | Prologue: Pieces of History.  As a historian, I appreciate how Jess...
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  • America's Olympian: Jesse Owens

    During Black History Month, we look at the impact that African-Americans have had on our history and celebrate those who have become icons. The Civilian Personnel Records branch of the NPRC watched an American Experi...
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  • "Prologue" Article - "A 'Free Colored' Revolutionary Widow "

      From the Summer 2011 issue:  The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason
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  • "Prologue" Article - "Pre-Bureau" Records and Civil War African American Genealogy

    From the Summer 2007 issue of "Prologue" - Pre-Bureau Records and Civil War African American Genealogy   Since this article appeared, many of the Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands ...
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