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Reel America: "Your National Archives" - 1953

U.S. Air Force film produced for National Archives

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 27, 2014

An 18 minute documentary explaining the activities of the National Archives, including how the "Charters of Freedom" are stored & displayed, how documents are cleaned, how records are organized, and what kinds of records are stored there.  The film was produced for the Archives by the U.S. Air Force.

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:24pm (ET)

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