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    FYI Mary Turner Illinois Association of Museums Illinois Historic Preservation Agency 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701 217/524-7080
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007
      Mary Turner
      Illinois Association of Museums
      Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
      1 Old State Capitol Plaza
      Springfield, IL 62701

      From: Chicago Archives [mailto:chicago.archives@...]
      Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 4:51 PM
      To: Chicago Archives
      Cc: Anthony Beard; Betty Furimsky; David Cornelisse; David Kuehl; Denis Paskauskas; Donald Jackanicz; Douglas Bicknese; Eric Vanek; Glenn Longacre; Janaan Zulevic; Jennifer Nelson; Joseph Suster; Kathleen Zulevic; Lorraine Bates; Martin Tuohy; Pamela Wegner; Scott Forsythe; Thomas Hayes; Valerie Furimsky; William Geer
      Subject: NARA-Great Lakes E-News, May 2007
      News from the National Archives-Great Lakes Region in Chicago
      May 2007 Apologies for any cross-posting.

      This is National Archives-Great Lakes Region (Chicago) monthly E-News announcement. Reader feedback on what you may like to see in future issues or any other comments is encouraged. Send any comments or suggestions to chicago.archives@... with the subject line of "NARA-Great Lakes May E-News Comment."

      In this issue:
      1. Upcoming "First Saturday of the Month" Research Hours: Saturday, May 5, and Saturday, June 2.
      2. Program: "Anatomy of a Shipwreck: Surveying the Wreck of the Christmas Tree Ship, Rouse Simmons." May 8, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      3. Update on the National Archives and Footnote.com Digitization Project.
      4. Historic Preservation Month and the National Archives-Great Lakes Region.
      5. Ongoing Exhibit: "Gerald R. Ford: 38th President of the United States of America."

      1. Upcoming "First Saturday of the Month" Research Hours: Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, June 2.

      In addition to its regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday, the National Archives-Great Lakes Regional Archives in Chicago is also open to the public the first Saturday of every month from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM. Researchers interested in using original historical records or microfilm held by the Regional Archives are encouraged to contact a research archivist ahead of time by phone (773-948-9001) or email (chicago.archives@... ).

      2. Program: "Anatomy of a Shipwreck: Surveying the Wreck of the Christmas Tree Ship, Rouse Simmons."
      May 8, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

      The National Archives-Great Lakes Region will host a presentation by the Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program to discuss how the wreck was surveyed by divers and how their research added to our knowledge of the ship's tragic final voyage in November 1912. Staff from the National Archives-Great Lakes Region will briefly discuss Federal records in the Archives that document the rich history of the Great Lakes. Original records about the Rouse Simmons and Great Lakes maritime history will be on display during the program. For more information, see: http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/chicago/public/programs/

      3. Update on the National Archives and Footnote.com Digitization Project.

      The National Archives and Footnote.com have continued to add to the project to digitize selected records from the vast holdings of the National Archives. The records digitized so far are now available at no charge in National Archives research rooms in Washington D.C. and regional facilities across the country.

      Recently digitized collections available through this agreement include:
      Project Blue Book, 1947-1969.

      Records and case files relating to investigations, collected by the Office of Special Investigations, of sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

      Investigation and Trial Papers Relating to the Assassination of President Lincoln.

      Reports, correspondence, and testimony of persons connected with the Lincoln assassination trial. Also exhibits, court martial proceedings, and contemporary issues of the Daily National Intelligencer.

      Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the States of Alabama, Texas, and Virginia.

      Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Alabama units labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier.

      Domestic Letters of the Department of State, 1784-1906.

      This series consists principally of copies of letters sent by the Department of State to persons other than U.S. and foreign diplomatic and consular officers, although it contains some letters, ca. 1789-1828, to those officers.

      Many of the letters relate solely to such domestic duties of the Department as the administration of the territories, the printing and distribution of laws, the registration of copyrights, the taking of the census, and the publication of the Biennial Register. Other letters of the series concern foreign affairs, including letters written to the British and French Legations in the period 1793-1795 regarding alleged violations of neutrality and letters from the Secretary of State to the Attorney General, the Secretaries of War and Navy, and other Cabinet officers dealing with legal interpretations, assistance from military and naval forces in international relations, and related subjects. A number of the letters are addressed to governors of states, district attorneys, and other state and territorial officials on topics with some international aspect.

      Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels.

      The Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture, 1776-1787.

      Revolutionary War Rolls (1775-1873) (partial).

      Muster rolls, payrolls, returns of company regimental personnel, lists of officer, guard reports, and other records related to military service. 

      Revolutionary War Service Records (partial).

      Compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The compiled service records consist of one or more jacket-envelopes for each soldier containing card abstract of entries related to that soldier from original records. These compiled and original records are part of the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93.
      Users with subscriptions to Footnote.com can also access the images at home as well. After an interval of five years, all images digitized through this agreement will be available at no charge through the National Archives web site. For more information, see the press release at: http://archives.gov/press/press-releases/2007/nr07-41.html

      4. Historic Preservation Month and the National Archives-Great Lakes Region.

      May is marked nationwide as Historic Preservation Month. Federal records in the National Archives-Great Lakes Region are an important yet little known source for documenting and proving the historical importance of structures and places that might otherwise go unnoticed. Historical documents can provide the hidden proof that is overlooked in local lore, or is not visible in the structural features of the building itself. Federal records often are the only surviving documents about shipwrecks and other maritime historical sites and events. They are also important in providing background information about house-buiding companies such as Lustron and Aladdin as well as their customers.

      In recent years, records at the National Archives-Great Lakes Region in Chicago have played important roles in preserving historical sites. U.S. Topographical Engineers records from the Army's Department of the Platte, for example, contain a map that depicts the 1862 massacre of Cheyenne and Arapahoe people by U.S. Army soldiers. The site was long contended, but the map in our holdings, which staff archivist Scott Forsythe recognized for its significance, led archaeologists to a new site, where artifacts were found. This discovery played an important role in the National Park Service's decision to dedicate the site as a National Historic Site in April 2007 (for more on this story, see the book review of Jerome Green and Douglas Scott's Finding Sand Creek at http://www.friendslittlebighorn.com/Finding-Sand-Creek.htm).  Another historic preservation turning point occured when one of the Regional Archives staff pointed out a published account of a federal court trial linking a gravely threatened historic house in Tamaroa, Illinois with a famous 1860 fugitive slave rescue in Ottawa, Illinois.  Similarly, the Regional Archives was able to help historic preservationists find records showing that the Colgate-Palmolive factory in Clarksville, Indiana was not only a local landmark structure, but also the site of the national precedent-setting legal victory over gender-based discrimination in the workplace during the 1960s.

      Many types of federal records can be used for historic preservation research, but the records of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts (Record Group 21); the U.S. Courts of Appeals (Record Group 276), the National Resources Planning Board (Record Group 187), the Forest Service (Record Group 95), the Army Corps of Engineers (Record Group 77), the War Assets Administration (Record Group 270), and the Federal Property Resources Service (Record Group 291) are frequently searched for details about ordinary businesses, homeowners, events, places, and structures. For more details about using federal records for historic preservation work, contact our office by phone (773-948-9001) or email (chicago.archives@... ).

      5. Ongoing Exhibit (Chicago): "Gerald R. Ford: 38th President of the United States of America."

      This new feature in the main lobby of the National Archives-Great Lakes Region in Chicago features photographs and other materials about the life of Gerald R. Ford (July 14, 1913 to December 26, 2006). Ford served as President from August 9, 1974, upon President Nixon's resignation, to January 20, 1977, when he was succeeded by President Carter. While born in Nebraska, Ford lived primarily in Michigan, one of the six states forming our Great Lakes Region.  Many of the exhibited items, showing Ford throughout his life, were provided by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This collaboration on President Ford provides visitors with an opportunity to see a side of both the Regional Archives and the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. 


      The National Archives and Records Administration-Great Lakes Region is at 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, approximately 2 1/2 miles southeast of Midway Airport. The entrance is located one block west on 75th Street, just north of Richard J. Daley City College, and parking is free. Maps and travel directions can be found at the National Archives and Records Administration's web site: http://www.archives.gov/greatlakes/chicago/


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