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A Celebration of Life Honoring Professor George C. Herring

June 3, 2023 from 2-5:30 PM at the Gatton Student Center Grant Ballroom, University of Kentucky

Celebration of Life Invitation

SAA-Fact Checking Donald Trump's Claims About The Presidential Records Act

Posted 4 days ago

On Tuesday, April 4, Donald Trump made incorrect claims about the Presidential Records Act. These claims are patently false and do not reflect the law or the practices of the National Archives and Records Administration. During a speech on April 4, Mr. Trump said, "Just so everyone knows, I come under what's known as the Presidential Records Act, which was designed and approved by Congress long ago just for this reason. Under the act, I'm supposed to negotiate with NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration."

As Section 2202 of the Presidential Records Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 22) states, "The United States shall reserve and retain complete ownership, possession, and control of Presidential records." And Section 2203 (g)(1) makes it clear, "Upon the conclusion of a President's term of office, or if a President serves consecutive terms upon the conclusion of the last term, the Archivist of the United States shall assume responsibility for the custody, control, and preservation of, and access to, the Presidential records of that President."

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CFP- The New International Economic Order. Lessons and Legacies 50 Years Late

Conference: The New International Economic Order. Lessons and Legacies 50 Years Late 

May 10-11, 2024. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

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SHAFR 2023 Annual Meeting and NARA

SHAFR and NARA: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides several resources for SHAFR members and other researchers who have questions about NARA  or who want to prepare for a research visit. NARA's External Affairs Liaison, Meg Phillips, organizes regular meetings between NARA leaders and history associations like SHAFR. You can contact SHAFR leadership with a question or concern that you'd like them to discuss with NARA at these meetings. If you have questions about NARA as an organization, if you need help finding the right NARA office or person, or if you need information about NARA policies, you can also contact Meg directly at [email protected]. She is happy to help.

To prepare for a research trip, check out NARA's "Getting Started" and "FAQ"pages. You should complete the researcher orientation slides and online researcher application that are required before getting a researcher card.

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ASIL 117th Annual Meeting Invitation

ASIL 117th Annual Meeting Invitation [PDF]

Annual Meeting 2023 Flyer [PDF]

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Yale ISS Predocs

Deadline for both is March 20:

[CFP] MOSEC Conference, 18-20 May 2023

Call for Papers

MOSEC Conference, 18-20 May 2023

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Press Statement on Public Release of NARA Records Concerning Obama-Era Presidential Records Received by NARA from President Biden

Press Statement on Public Release of NARA Records Concerning Obama-Era Presidential Records Received by NARA from President Biden


WASHINGTON, February 10, 2022 – Today, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making its first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release of documents related to the transfer of Obama-era Presidential records from President Biden to NARA, beginning in November 2022. 

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Is the U.S. government designating too many documents as 'classified'?

The mishandling of classified documents continues to make headlines, first with the FBI's Aug. 2022 raid of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and, more recently, with the revelation that classified documents had been found at President Biden's private office and also in his home. Historian Matthew Connelly says one reason we see problems like this is that far too many government records are being categorized as "classified."

On average, Connelly says, records are marked as classified three times every second, generating so many secret documents that it's practically impossible to preserve them all.

SHAFR Statement on What Congress Can Do to Address the Mismanagement of Public Records

SHAFR Statement on What Congress Can Do to Address the Mismanagement of Public Records

Safeguarding classified material is a national challenge that must be confronted by Congress and the Executive branch, both to protect national security and ensure democratic accountability. Long before the current controversy, it was clear that neither the Presidential Records Act nor the Federal Records Act were preventing the concealment, removal, and mutilation of public records.

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CFP- Peace & Protest, Past & Present Peace History Society Conference October 26-28, 2023

Call for Proposals:
Peace & Protest, Past & Present
Peace History Society Conference
October 26-28, 2023 

Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania



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A perspective on the current archives issues

CFP: Theodore Roosevelt: Global American, May 24-26

Theodore Roosevelt: Global American

May 24-26

Roosevelt Institute for American Studies
Middelburg, The Netherlands

Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most internationally oriented presidents in U.S. history. He travelled extensively, enjoyed a large network of friends abroad, and maintained a close familiarity with global developments. International reform projects, the state of conservation and resource development, and the potential for an international security architecture ranged highly among his interests.

But while Roosevelt was keenly aware of global developments and the international context in which the United States operated, he was also an ardent nationalist and imperialist. He rejected cosmopolitanism as ‘unpatriotic’ and racialized understandings of international relations shaped his global outlooks. For TR, the ‘Global’ served both as stage for the globalization of U.S. interests and simultaneously as inspiration for progressive political, social, economic, and environmental reforms.


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SHAFR Award-Winners Announced at the 2023 American Historical Association annual meeting

SHAFR Award-Winners Announced at the 2023 American Historical Association annual meeting

The Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture Prize was established through the generosity of Dr. Gerald J. and Myrna F. Bernath, in memory of their late son, to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching and research in the field of foreign relations by scholars at the beginning of their historical careers. 

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CFP- PCB-AHA 2023 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers

The 116th Annual Meeting of the

Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association

Reconstruction in History: Reimagining Democracy

August 9-11, 2023

California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA

The 2023 Program Committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on any subject, but particularly those addressing the conference theme, “Reconstruction in History: Reimagining Democracy.” Reconstruction in the United States represents nothing less than a second American Founding. The Reconstruction Amendments 13-15 (the end of racial slavery, birthright citizenship, and Black voting rights) offered a revolutionary transformational paradigm for Black citizenship and dignity that continues to reverberate to this day in the U.S. and abroad. The struggle between reconstructionist supporters of multiracial democracy and redemptionist advocates of white supremacy represent the fundament democratic challenge of the past, present, and future—and Reconstruction has a variety of international meanings as well. The idea of Reconstruction has taken on new dimensions in the context of a global health pandemic, the heightened concerns about democracy at home and abroad, and the amplification of domestic racial divisions in the aftermath of the 2016 elections and the racial and political reckonings of 2020. We are interested in Reconstruction in the U.S. and abroad in broad and specific ways. We welcome papers, panels, and roundtables related to America’s three periods of Reconstruction (the first decades after the Civil War; the civil rights movement as a Second Reconstruction; and the period from 2008-present as a Third Reconstruction).

What are or have been comparable examples throughout the world? How have Americans remade fundamental parts of our society and democratic institutions in the past, and how have other peoples around the world remade their society in similar and different ways? What have been successful models of Reconstruction that continue into the present? How can we use global, domestic, regional, and local comparative frameworks to aid contemporary Reconstruction efforts? Why do the politics of racial backlash continue to permeate Reconstructionist dreams of freedom?

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Press Statement on Third Public Release of NARA Records Concerning the 15 Boxes Received from Mar-a-Lago in January 2022

Press Statement on Third Public Release of NARA Records Concerning the 15 Boxes Received from Mar-a-Lago in January 2022

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2022 – Today, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making its third release of documents processed in response to nearly 50 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking NARA records related to the 15 boxes of materials we received from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in January 2022. 

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National Archives Releases New Group of JFK Assassination Documents

National Archives Releases New Group of JFK Assassination Documents

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2022 – In accordance with President Biden’s memorandum of December 15, 2022, the National Archives today posted 12,879 documents containing newly released information subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). Released documents are available for download.

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CFP- ADE 2023

Association for Documentary Editing 2023

Theme: Modalities of Text and Editing

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IEHS- George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award

The IEHS presents two awards of $1,000 each to help graduate students with their dissertations on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history, broadly defined. These awards are intended for students in the process of researching and writing their dissertations, and not for students completing and defending in 2023. For the 2023 award, the committee invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by 2022.

Application materials and the supporting letter must be received by the submission deadline: December 31, 2022.

CFP- Collaborative Research Workshop on the History of the New World Information and Communications Order (5-9 June 2023)

Call For Papers

 Collaborative Research Workshop on the History of the New World Information and Communications Order (5-9 June 2023)

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