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From the Archivist of the US

Each quarter, the Archivist of the United States provides the Organization of American Historians with news and updates from the National Archives and Records Administration. 

New Strategic Plan for NARA Sets Ambitious Goals

A few months ago it was my pleasure to sign off on a document that will guide the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) into a bold future: our strategic plan for 2014 to 2018.

This is not a top-secret document or a mandated report to be dropped into a manila folder in a gray file cabinet. The strategic plan is NARA's road map to the future: a twenty-four-page document that spells out the four simple yet dynamic goals that we will pursue over the next five years.

To develop this plan we talked with our customers, staff, donors, stakeholders, and many others. I want to thank everyone, including the OAH and its members, for taking the time to read our draft plan and provide informed comments. The result is an ambitious plan that builds on the six outcomes of the transformation we have undergone in the past few years. Read more >

Posted: June 13, 2014
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NARA Provided Critical Services During Government Shutdown

In the November 2013 update from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero provides an update on activites at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during the recent government shutdown.

The recent shutdown of the federal government was, and continues to be, a challenge for the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). From October 1 until October 17, NARA was "officially" closed with the exception of minimal functions to protect its holdings. A very small group of dedicated NARA staff, such as facility and security managers and financial and legal staff, worked to be certain that our buildings and holdings were secure and to deal with any problems that might arise. Read more >

Posted: November 15, 2013
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