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The archives’ neglect may not be, as some as argued, another shot in the culture wars, but it is a sign of the government’s truncated temporal imagination.
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Historical artefacts of every facet of Australian life - from government to migration to popular culture - is held by the National Archives. Without an urgent injection of funds, it could all be lost.
The White House never provided the National Archives with an official transcript of what Trump said at this rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20, 2017.
John Minchillo/AP Photo
All presidents must deposit transcriptions of their public statements with the National Archives. But in the case of Donald Trump, there’s something missing.
J. Edgar Hoover testifies before the House on Un-American Activities Committee.
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As the US faces historic challenges to its democracy, Trump is mirroring tactics used by the former FBI director to smear his critics and consolidate power.
The dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 is our story, and we have a right to know it in full.
Two Marines in the Marine Corps’ 5th Division cemetery on Iwo Jima pay their respects to a fallen comrade.
United States Marine Corps Film Repository, USMC 101863 (16mm film frame)
Films of the battle for Iwo Jima, being digitized 75 years after they were made, offer connections and lessons for Americans of today.
The USS Cairo pulls up to the banks of the Mississippi River in 1862.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
A new look at detailed data about Civil War skirmishes along the Mississippi River reveals another key to the Union’s victory.
John Howard called an election a fortnight after announcing the GST on August 13 1998, which he only narrowly won.
National Archives of Australia
The introduction of the GST got off to a wobbly start, but has since become accepted as the Australian way of paying for things.
There is a growing sense that the British authorities would rather forget their weapons testing history.
A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast in 1969.
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Some journalists have claimed that ‘thousands’ of documents which have gone missing at the National Archives are proof of ‘history theft’. It’s probably just old-fashioned incompetence.
National Archive files reveal how the PM offered preferential treatment to a breakaway union in a bid to weaken its rivals.
This will be part of your permanent record.
The law says official presidential records must be preserved. How do tweets figure in – particularly when they’re altered or deleted?
Prime Minister Bob Hawke opening the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Perth, November 1990.
National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia today released selected federal cabinet records for 1990 and 1991. They reveal intense battles over Australia’s domestic climate targets and, above all, a palpable determination that Australia not damage its coal revenue.
Kilometres of these now fit in a few cubic inches of digital storage.
From the Domesday Book to modern government papers, the National Archives’ collection of more than 11m historical government and public records is one of the world’s largest. It includes paper and parchment…