The Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco.

The Internet’s Keepers?

Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham outlines the scale of everyone's favorite archive.
President Johnson with Gen. William Westmoreland in South Vietnam in 1967.

U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables Show

An American military commander wanted to move nuclear weapons to South Vietnam to prevent defeat in a battle, but Johnson refused.
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Mum’s the Word

In the height of the Cold War, the NSA created a series of posters to keep its secrets from leaking. They're both wonderful and creepy.
Dolls from the collection of Deborah Neff.

What the Black Dolls Say

These rare survivors of early African-American art can illuminate much about our difficult history.

Reconsidering the Black Panthers Through Photos

A collection of photos show what life was like within the Black Panthers.
Political cartoon published in the September 1866 edition of Harper's Weekly.

The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstruction

Take a deep dive into this drawing by famed illustrator Thomas Nast.
Guillaume de L’Isle’s 1718 “Carte de la Louisiane et du Course du Mississippi.”

How Maps Reveal, and Conceal, History

What one scholar learned from writing an American history consisting of 100 maps.
Julia Stockton Rush painted by Charles  Wilson Peale (1776).

Rediscovering a Founding Mother

Just-discovered letters herald the significance of an unsung Revolutionary woman, Julia Rush.
Langston Hughes as a baby, with his mother, Carrie.

Langston Hughes Just Got a Year Older

How a random late-night online search led to new discoveries about the poet’s birth and early years.

How Many Liquor Bottles Can You Find in This 1931 Map of Chicago?

The "Gangland Map" features drunken fish and goofy jokes alongside descriptions of brutal murders.

A Wretched Situation Made Plain on Paper

How an engraving of a slave ship helped the abolition movement.
Amelia Earhart and Fred  Noonan stand by the former's Lockheed L10 Electra, June 1937.

Researchers Say Dozens Heard Amelia Earhart's Final Moments

They claim Earhart made several attempts to reach civilization in her final days — and her messages got through.