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duties; the control of the importation and exportation of merchandise; the allowance of drawbacks; the entrance and clearance of vessels from U.S. ports; the detection and prevention of smuggling; the documentation of vessels; the outfitting, repair, and operation of revenue cutters and the overall administration of the revenue cutter service; the maintenance and operation of lighthouses and marine hospitals; and the enforcement of navigation and passenger laws and customs regulations. Some of the letters relate to the appointment and dismissal of naval officers, surveyors, and other customhouse employees and to requests for operating funds and statements of accounts.

M661, Historical Information Relating to Military Posts and Other Installations, ca. 1700-1900. The eight rolls of this microfilm publication reproduce the twenty-sevenvolume Outline Index of Military Forts and Stations, which contains historical information about military posts and other installations and related historical informa

tion for the period from about 1700 to 1900. The volumes also contain a few sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and twentieth-century references. The volumes are part of the records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's1917, Record Group 94.

M248, Publications of the National Archives. This microcopy contains publications dated 1936-66 of both the independent National Archives and the National Archives and Records Service, with the exception of the Territorial Papers of the United States, the publications of the National Historical Publications Commission and the Offices of the Federal Register, Records Management, Federal Records Centers, and Presidential Libraries.

The microfilm publications mentioned above are available at your local library on interlibrary loan. Complete Standard Form 162, which may be obtained from your local librarian, and send it to the chief of the archives branch of the federal records center nearest your home.


The National Archives Advisory Council held its fall meeting October 20-21, 1972, in the National Archives Building. Archivist of the United States James B. Rhoads presided as chairman. Members of the council present were Louis Morton, representing the American Historical Association, Vernon Carstensen and William D. Aeschbacher for the Organization of American Historians, Clement E. Vose for the American Political Science Association, Harold F. Williamson for the American Economic Association, Jerome M. Clubb for the Social Science Research Council, Herman Kahn for the Society of American Archivists, Jean Stephenson for the National Genealogical Society, Rodman W. Paul for the Western History Association, ex-officio member Robert H. Bahmer, and public members Richard W. Hale, Charles E. Reid, and Jere A. Chase. Rhoads announced the reappointment of the following members to new three-year terms: Norman A. Graebner for the American Historical Association, William D. Aeschbacher for the Organization of American Historians, Glen Robinson for the National Education Association, and Lewis L. Strauss as a public member. Harold Williamson is retiring as the representative of the American Economic Association. Rhoads announced that Norman Graebner has been appointed chairman of the Joint Committee on Historians and Archives of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Archivists.

It was announced that legislation has been drafted for the establishment of a National Historical Records Commission. The archivist would be chairman in a relationship similar to that which exists between NARS and the National Historical Publications Commission. Prior to making grants, the new commission would have to approve plans for the preservation of historical records submitted by the states. This legislation is similar to the Historic Preservation Act and has been endorsed by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.

Differences between the National Archives and the Bureau of the Census over opening the 1900 census to research were discussed.

John M. Scroggins, chief of the planning and analysis branch, reported on new guidelines for the conduct of public advisory groups subject to the Federal Advisory Commission Standards Act, which controls the growth of advisory Committees and assures their accessibility to the public. Rhoads announced that a notice of each meeting will be published in the Federal Register along with the agenda. Any council reports will be filed in the Library of Congress as now required, but council minutes will continue to be part of the permanent records of the National Archives and Records Service.

The council voted to hold its next meeting at the new Federal Archives and Records Center in San Bruno, California, in March.

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With funds from a Ford Foundation grant, the National Historical Publications Commission will offer five Fellowships in Advanced Editing of Documentary Sources for American History, 1974-75. Fellows will spend one calendar year working with one of five documentary publication projects in American history: the papers of Henry Clay, Jefferson Davis, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Johnson, or Robert Morris. Applications, including full academic transcripts, will be circulated to the five editors who will select the candidates most suited to their projects.

Applicants must be under thirty-five; they must hold the Ph.D. or have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation, or they must show equivalent qualifications by writings or edited publications demonstrating exceptional ability. The deadline for applications is November 1, 1973. Awards will be announced no later than March 1, 1974. The fellowship year may begin between July 1 and October 1 according to the preference of the fellow. Stipends are $10,000 with the doctorate and $9,000 without. For further information and application forms write to the Executive Director, National Historical Publications Commission, National Archives Building, Washington, DC 20408.

The commission has chosen five Fellows in Advanced Editing of Documentary Sources for American History, 1973-74. Philander D. Chase will serve with Donald Jackson, editor of the George Washington papers; Ralph J. Christian with Herbert Weaver, editor of the James K. Polk correspondence;

Charles M. Harris with Robert A. Rutland, editor of the James Madison papers; John B. Hench with Linda: G. De Pauw, editor of the papers of the First Congress; and Joseph G. Henrich with Harold C. Syrett, editor of the Alexander Hamilton papers.

At its meeting December 2, 1972, the National Historical Publications Commission recommended support for five continuing letterpress projects: the documentary history of the ratification of the Constitution at the University of Wisconsin; the Nathanael Greene papers at the Rhode Island Historical Society and the William L. Clements Library; the Andrew Johnson papers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Andrew Jackson papers at the University of Tennessee, Nashville, and the Ladies' Hermitage Association; and the Henry Laurens papers at the South Carolina Historical Society. The commission also recommended a grant for a microfilm edition of the Martin Van Buren papers at Pennsylvania State University, Ogontz.

As a result of Public Law 92-546, the Organization of American Historians now has two representatives on the commission, Edgar A. Toppin, professor of history at Virginia State College, Petersburg, and Edward M. Coffman, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The American Historical Association has selected Merrill D. Peterson, professor of history at the University of Virginia, to succeed Arthur S. Link, whose four-year term has expired.

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The National Archives and Records Service continuously publishes items of interest to the historian, genealogist, and general reader. Previous publications are listed in the leaflet Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Service. Unless otherwise indicated, the new publications described below are available from the Publications Sales Branch (NATS), National Archives (GSA), Washington, DC 20408.

The fifth fascicle of volume 2 of Military Operations of the Civil War: A GuideIndex to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865 has been published. This fascicle consists of pages 333-428 and contains Section N, "Checklist of Recognized Military Operations by State and Date," and Section 0, "Checklist of Recognized Military Operations by State, County, and Date," of volume 2, Main Eastern Theater of Operations. This fascicle as well as the first four fascicles of volume 2 are available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

Microfilm Publications

The Guide to the Collection of Hungarian Political and Military Records, 1909. 45 describes twenty-one rolls of records created or assembled between October 1944 and April 1945 by the Arrow-Cross regime of Ferenc Szálasi. Szálasi came to power in the coup d'etat of October 15, 1944, in which Admiral Miklós Horthy was deposed and deported by the German occupation authorities. The bulk of the records consists of unrealized plans or projects for a future “Hungarist" state, but some pertain to actual diplomatic, military, and administrative problems, and even conflicts with Szálasi's German allies.

Two microfilm publications relating to black history are available. Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, 1865-1870 (M843) consists of thirty-eight rolls upon which are reproduced thirty-two volumes and approximately twenty linear feet of unbound records. The volumes include letters and endorsements sent, registers of letters received, telegrams sent and received, general orders, special orders and circulars, registers of persons recommended as inspectors of elections, and a register of apprentices indentured. Unbound records consist mainly of letters received, orders, reports, and

Also available are Regulations for the Public Use of Records in the National Archives and Records Service, revised, General Information Leaflet no. 2, and Cartographic Archives Division, General Information Leaflet no. 26.

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