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BIG!Big Records, Big Events and Big Ideas in American History: Celebrating 75 Years of the National Archives

Published by GILES in association with the Foundation for the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 96 pages, including 4 gatefolds, 305 x 254 mm (10 x 12 in.), portrait

Illustrations — 104 colour illustrations

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-62-1

Book Details (pdf) — BIG-AI-LR.pdf

Press Release — Big new book about the great moments in American...

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"Big! by name, Big! by nature." Michael Burland, The American

About the Book

Published to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Archives, Washington, D.C. in 2009, this new volume features big records, big events, and big ideas from the US National Archives collection. Starting with the 13-foot scroll of the Articles of Confederation—the first constitution of the United States—the full-scale records reveal some of the formative moments in American history. Among the items reproduced, some with fold-out pages, are a section from the enormous 13-foot square map of the Gettysburg battlefield, and the size 22 sneakers of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. The variety of documents and objects is huge, ranging from orders for fitting out of a ship with reinforced beds and extra large baths to carry William H. Taft – at 320lbs, the heaviest President in U.S. history – to prints of the mammoth glass-plate negatives by photographer Carleton Watkins of Yosemite Valley in California, now the site of a National Park, dating from the 1860s.

About the Author(s)

Stacey Bredhoff became curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in September 2008. Prior to that time, she served as senior curator, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Museum Programs