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Citizen Archivists: Engage with and Explore the Archives

This Inside the Vaults video short features Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero as he discusses public contributions to the National Archives. He encourages independent researchers to be "citizen archivists," becoming involved in the discovery of important documents. Researcher Jonathan Webb Deiss talks about his unearthing of a Revolutionary War diary in Senate records. More information and images of the historic diary can be found on Archivist Ferriero's blog at Educational cartoonist Jon White discusses his use of cartoons as a means to get children excited about history. He used the National Archives' "Today's Document" features as inspiration for the illustrations on the website You can visit the Today's Document Tumblr page at To join in on the conversation about the Archives and archival documents, visit the Archives' wikispace at Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at
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