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Tentative numbers for NARA 2018

I have finished looking at the 3082 records which are listed in NARA 2018, but not in NARA 2017, as discussed by John Greenewald (see earlier post). Unfortunately, I have not been able to access NARA’s JFK Records Collection catalog … Continue reading

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Indexing at NARA: Putting the pieces together

This is another post on the JFK Records Act Release 6 at NARA. To get up to speed on the subject, I suggest looking at the other posts in this category (JFK ARCA). As I noted at the end of … Continue reading

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A note on NARA 2018

I am still looking at NARA 2018, the new list of JFK records from NARA which The Black Vault website posted January 29. It is interesting and helpful information, but as I said in my last post, I don’t think … Continue reading

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Another list from NARA

Another list from NARA has been posted, this time at The Black Vault. The link can be found here. According to the link, the list is the result of an FOIA case (#NARA-NGC-2018-000072), and the BV was nice enough to … Continue reading

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Review of The Man on Mao’s Right

Portrait of a diplomat Ji, Chaozhu. The man on Mao’s right: from Harvard yard to Tiananmen Square, my life inside China’s Foreign Ministry. New York: Random House, 2008. For those interested in the rise of the Chinese diplomatic establishment, this … Continue reading

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JFKRA Release 6: Different versions

[This article was revised on 1/30/2018 to correct several major points.] As I noted in an earlier post, there are a number of records listed twice in NARA’s spreadsheet of the JFKRA documents which it has posted on line. These … Continue reading

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JFKRA Confusion at NARA

[Revised on 2018/1/26 to fix a goof. I was even more confused than I thought.] Most of my posts about the JFK records act releases at NARA are on very trivial subjects, but the problems I discuss are, nonetheless, quite … Continue reading

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Review of China Nurse, 1932-1939

On the front lines Ewen, Jean. China nurse, 1932-1939. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1981. Jean Ewen was a Canadian nurse who spent 6 years in China, working first with Catholic missionaries, then with the Chinese Communists’ 8th and New 4th … Continue reading

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Review of Decadence Mandchoue

Indefatigable reiteration Backhouse, Edmund Trelawny. Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse. Ed. Derek Sandhaus. Hong Kong: Earnshaw, 2011. Make no mistake about it: Decadence Mandchoue is a work of pure fantasy, for the most part a … Continue reading

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JFKRA Release 6: The two missing files

NARA’s announcement of JFKRA release 6 stated that 3,539 files were posted on NARA’s website. As I noted in an earlier post (here), I was only able to find 3537, leaving two unaccounted for. This is the kind of thing … Continue reading

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