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  • The Importance of Preserving Pandemic Records

    The National Archives has joined other organizations in a call to ensure that records related to the pandemic and governments' responses are preserved and made accessible to future researchers.



  • What Was Saved

    Sarah Broom's memoir "The Yellow House" reconstructs not only her family’s history in New Orleans but also that larger arc of the black experience in the United States.


  • Losing Women—and Women’s History—in Times of Crisis

    by Megan Kate Nelson

    Women and all of their visible and invisible labor are at the center of the COVID crisis, and they are finding their way into news coverage of the pandemic. The stories of women living and suffering and dying throughout history, however, have largely fallen by the wayside.



  • What We Can Learn from 1918 Influenza Diaries

    Historians including Kevin Levin, Nancy Bristow and Lora Vogt reflect on what people today can do to help historians of the future understand life during the COVID crisis. 


  • "My Entire Career has Led Me to this Project": HNN Interviews Kevin Kruse

    by Chelsea Connolly and Hana Hancock

    "This pandemic is global in scale and personal in impact, and as a result, it’s touching and transforming virtually every topic that historians have studied. We have a duty to share our insights with the larger world. They’re interested in what we have to say. (And, let’s remember, most of them are stuck at home looking for something to read!)"



  • Lawsuit: Ice Must Not Destroy Detainee Records

    NARA approved ICE’s request to begin destroying the records in December 2019, despite ongoing concerns and reports of widespread mistreatment of individuals detained in ICE custody.



  • History by Text and Thing

    by ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball

    For researchers, history is a thing we do. It is an activity, a handling of old books, a building seen from the vantage point of its past.