The Movement for a National Archives of the United States, 1906-1926

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American University., 1971 - Archives - 928 pages
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"'Archives,' derived from the Greek word archeion, has long carried the dual meaning of a body of records and of the building housing the records. In this study we are concerned solely with the housing of the records. More specifically we are concerned with portraying the long struggle to obtain the proper housing of the archives of the Government of the United States of America. Preeminent in this struggle was a professional historian whose name became a household word amongst historians and archivists, John Franklin Jameson ... While the prominent part played by Jameson in the movement for a National Archives of the United States is known and acknowledged, the actual details of the history of this enterprise have become ever dimmer with the passing of the years and of the men who were involved in it. In brief, Jameson and the movement for a national archives, the latter of which occurred in the first quarter of the twentieth century, were becoming a legend, without the foundation of historical documentation. There are numerous references to the movement and to Jameson in annual reports, in archival books and articles, and in correspondence and memoranda, but there existed no full length detail study of the struggle to implement the idea of a national archives"--Preface.

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