Red Tape: National Archives Paperweight
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- 4 X 3 inches
Rise above the bureaucracy and put your desk in order with this stunning paperweight. Made from shatterproof acrylic, it is crystal clear and houses an image of the incredible National Archives building. A wonderful tribute to our Temple of American history, it is a delightful item for history buffs.
The red tape used in this paperweight comes from records held in the National Archives. As the Archives works to protect and preserve our nation's records, improvements to storage methods mean that documents are no longer tri-folded and tied together with red tape. Archivists are "cutting the red tape" and protecting our precious artifacts using the newest approved methods of preservation.
In 1930, New York Architect John Russell Pope was selected to design the National Archives Building. Pope's neoclassical design included both practical and symbolic aspects of housing the nation's records. He proposed a monumental structure with highly decorative architectural features, giant Corinthian columns, 40-foot bronze doors, and inscriptions representing the building's historical importance. John Russell Pope also designed the National Gallery and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.