Michael Binder, Technical Advisor, Air Force Declassification Office
Open for discussion/debate
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Seeking Specific Expertise
- Seeking General Feedback and Interest
- Government Historians
- Material Culture
Government historians cannot save everything, be it historical documents or an old building, but they are often called upon to separate the historic “wheat” from the just plain old “chaff.” This session is designed to present examples of such discrimination, which is required in, for example, records management and historic preservation.
This proposal is presented on behalf of the NCPH Government Historians Committee; chair of the session is open.
Whether it’s paper documents or bricks-and-mortar buildings, mere age does not make them historic. Several criteria, such as significance and integrity, contribute to separating the truly historic from the merely old.
We seek government historians who can speak from their work experience to the following topics:
– identifying records of PHV (permanent historical value) which become eligible for deposit at the National Archives according to an agency’s Tables and Rules
– discriminating between significant and insignificant historical records, e. g., for inclusion in State Department FRUS volumes
– identifying historical properties that qualify for the National Register of Historical Places or as National Historic Landmarks
and other relevant subjects.
If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Michael Binder, [email protected]
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