Please join us at the National Archives Research Center (room G-25) in Washington, DC on Thursday, September 25 at noon for a research talk by Assistant Senate Historian Katherine Scott. She will be discussing her book Reining in the State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras.
Warring Committees, Archival Plunder, and Wastebasket Snoopers: The La Follette Committee’s Duel with the Dies Committee, 1938-1944
Historian Dolores Janiewski from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand discusses research for her book project, “Reds, Hunters and Hearst” on Thursday, April 17 at 12:30 in the Research Center Room G-25 (Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance).
Please join us at noon on Friday, March 28 at the National Archives, Washington, DC for a research talk on “The Gingrich Senators.” Dr. Sean Theriault is an associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin and will be discussing his book, “The Gingrich Senators: the Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress.”
Congress in the Archives will feature monthly staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Kate Mollan.
Did you know that the Center for Legislative Archives occasionally plays a role in movie-making? Back in September 2011, I received a telephone call from a film producer with the Kennedy/Marshall Company in Santa Monica. He explained that he was looking for a high quality digital scan of the vote taken in the House of Representatives on the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. The House had initially rejected the legislation proposing the amendment but on January 31, 1865 they passed it with a vote of 119 to 56. The producer also wanted to know the exact role of the tally clerk during the vote, whether the vote was recorded in a bound volume or on loose ledger forms which were subsequently bound, what the dimensions of the recorded vote were, and other precise details. He explained that the information and the digital scan that I provided to him would be the basis for recreating that historic vote for a film about Abraham Lincoln. I was impressed by the exacting level of authenticity the filmmakers wished to achieve.
The film is, of course, “Lincoln,” produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. It is now in movie theaters across the country.
Tally sheet, 1/31/1865, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
Check out the latest post on NARAtions from Pascal Massinon, recipient of the 2012 National Archives Legislative Archives Fellowship.
Check out Pascal Massinon’s post on NARAtions. Pascal is the recipient of the 2012 National Archives Legislative Archives Fellowship. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, and will be using records at the National Archives to research his dissertation topic, “Home Taping: Participant Listeners and the Political Culture of Home Recording in the U.S.” Stay tuned to NARAtions as Pascal provides updates on his research and fellowship experience at the National Archives.
I had expected congressional documents to complement my earlier research; instead, in many instances, the actions of Congress have become the center of the story.