1. This is where you post your creative illustration of the National Archives organization system. Please have fun with this!
2. Also, you need to write a citation for the following document and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Let's pretend you walked into the National Archives in Washington DC. You tell them you want to hold the records for the purchase of Alaska in your hands.
- The archivist hands you a finding aid entitled "Record Group 217: Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775-1978."
- You find several sub-headings in the finding aid, including one called "Notes, Coupon, Currency, and Files Division. (ca. 1797 - ca. 1921) "[hint ... this is not geographic, but it IS a subdivision of the agency]
- Under this sub-heading is a list of SERIES something like the ones you saw in the National Archives at Anchorage series list. One is a series titled Warrants, compiled 03/1801 - 12/1921 .
- The archivist happens to have list of boxes and their contents for this particular series. On the list you find the ITEM you are looking for, "Treasury Warrant in the Amount of $7.2 Million for the Purchase of Alaska, 08/01/1868."
- You fill out a form and wait a little while for the archivist to bring you the box in question. You look through the box and find the warrant.