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The National Archives Building in Washington DC at night: This view from Pennsylvania Avenue shows two statues titled "The Past" and "The Future."

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To bring together the records of the past and to house them in a building where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain judgment in creating their own future.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941

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As part of our 75th anniversary celebration, we are gathering and sharing National Archives stories from visitors like you about discovery, personal reward, and fun. If you have a story or just a thought to share, we would love to read it!

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Long Petition to Congress

“BIG!” 75th Anniversary Exhibit Opening

March 13, 2009 – January 3, 2010
O’Brien Gallery, Washington, DC, building

In honor of the anniversary, we've pulled out all the stops for a new exhibit featuring big records, big events, and big ideas.

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Amateur Teenage Dinosaur Hunter’s Find Ends up in the National Archives

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Amateur Teenage “Dinosaur Hunter’s” Find Ends up in the National Archives—Discovery proves dinosaurs once roamed New Jersey! Archives records show teenager lobbied President Nixon.

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