February is Black History Month. The National Archives Store is pleased to offer a wide selection of reproductions, gifts, accessories, collectibles, and apparel that acknowledge the lives of the leaders and activists who have left an indelible mark on our nation.
Before the 1960s, women’s history was not a serious field of study. In spring 1976 the National Archives held a ground-breaking conference on women’s history in the United States. It highlighted National Archives records that focused on the subject and discussed how women’s history could be studied as part of general history.
The National Archives is the keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. But we also hold in trust for the public the records of ordinary citizens—for example, military records of the brave men and women who have fought for our country, naturalization records of the immigrants whose dreams have shaped our nation, and even the canceled check from the purchase of Alaska. In the holdings of the National Archives there are approximately 10 billion pages of textual records; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering drawings; 25 million still photographs and graphics; 24 million aerial photographs; 300,000 reels of motion picture film; 400,000 video and sound recordings; and 133 terabytes of electronic data. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens. The National Archives Store is pleased to offer you a wide selection of reproductions, gift items and apparel related to all the amazing records being preserved and protected in the holdings of the Archives. Purchases from the National Archives Store generate financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.