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May 18, 2012

On May 1 and 2, the Presbyterian Historical Society hosted a “More Product Less Process” workshop sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. PHS archivists Bill Brock and David Staniunas joined a dozen other archivists to learn more about MPLP, or minimal processing, an approach designed to make archival materials more rapidly accessible to researchers.

Holly Mengel and Courtney Smerz, project managers of a three-year grant project to process hidden Philadelphia-area collections, led participants in hands-on work with four groups of materials from PHS...

February 27, 2012

During the 1930s, a Cuban boy sent a letter to President Roosevelt asking for a signed $20 American bill. In exchange, the boy would show the U.S. Army the location of mineral deposits in Cuba. The letter was signed “Fidel Castro.” Roosevelt never sent the $20 bill and the rest, as they say, is history.

This bizarre and fascinating letter is one of the millions of documents and records held at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., the record keeper for the Federal Government.

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January 13, 2012

We are very excited to announce that David Koch, Reference Archivist at PHS, has been awarded the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Leonard Rapport scholarship to attend the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Modern Archives Institute is held only twice a year, and the MARAC Leonard Rapport scholarship is awarded to only one individual per session. The scholarship will help to cover the fees required to attend the bi-annual training session with...

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