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-- videos need to include c-span programming, show varying points of view, and must be submitted by january 20, 2015. grab a camera and get started today. >> each week, american history visitserican artifacts places.and historic next, we visit the national archives in college park, maryland, to learn about the kennedy assassination records collection. the warren report was released to the public 50 years ago on september 27, 1964. we will see video recorded by the national archives of many of the well-known artifacts of the investigation including the harvey oswald's rifle, the so-called magic bullet, and he originals up router film -- zapruder film. >> the collection was created
because of the act of 1992. since the time of the assassination, there have been numerous official investigations starting with the worn commission -- warren commission. the church committee looked into it. in the early 1990's, there was a movie that came out by oliver stone. at the end of the movie, he made a point of saying that all the records have been open and available. >> mr. chairman, members of the subcommittee, my name is oliver stone. i assure you it is with pleasure and with some pride i appear before the subcommittee today to urge the passage of house joint provide for54 to the expeditious disclosure of records relevant to the assassination of president john f. kennedy. >> the purpose of the act was to make sure all of the records considered assassination related work collected and opened as soon as possible.
you can search on an item level of records in the collection. if you see something you would like to see, you can come here, ask to see it during our business hours. madeox will be pulled and available in our research room at the national archives in college park. here we have three items you requested. unlike the physical artifacts, we were able to accommodate you and make it available to you because these are basically textual documents. they are not physical artifacts of the collection. this is a custom-made container made by our conservation staff. this is acid-free. this is mylar. so you canndy lift get it out without having to pull on it. the lee harvey oswald address book. you can see there is a commission exhibit number on there, number 18.
it has all of his handwritten items including the map, addresses, and telephone numbers, as you would expect. because of the huge interest in this, we have numerous people that want to have access to these materials. there is noise tension between conservation and -- there is always tension between conservation and access. that has been our biggest challenge. we have addressed that by trying to provide as much access as we can with still pictures and film of the most popular artifacts in the collection so people can see them and have the research questions answered without actually looking at the physical artifacts. every time we have to make an actual item available, we are risking a bit of the conservation of the item. that is why for the press, we have provided video of the artifacts themselves which we
did prior to the 50th anniversary. whichs the famous rifle oswald used to assassinate the president. you can see the custom box created by the conservation staff. it has its own commission exhibit number, 139. we consider it part of the records of the warren commission. they were the organization who had custody last prior to transfer. >> from your perspective, all this effort put into preserving things, why is that important? >> that is our mission at the national archives. our job is to make sure the history of the u.s. government is preserved for all time. there is only a small percentage 3% considered
important enough to come to the national archives. it is important enough to come here, we need to preserve it for all time. we work with our conservators. we work with researchers. we are trying to digitize our records to make them available on the web so anyone anywhere can have access to the records of the national archives. our campaign 2014 debate coverage continues live on c-span tuesday night at 9:00 eastern for the final texas governor's debate. live thursday night at 8:00 eastern, the oklahoma governor's debate. also at 8:00 on c-span2, watch the nebraska governor's debate. moren's campaign 2014,
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union army in abraham lincoln's 1864 reelection. white argues many more than soldiers joined the army in support of the union, not necessarily in support of abolition. he explains how many troops had to be coerced into supporting the republican president as he president lincoln earned 80% of the soldiers' vote. the new york historical society hosted this hour-long event. >> thank you so much. it is really good to see everyone out here on the summer evening. it is a pleasure to introduce tonight's speaker. it is always wonderful to come out and see our members. sometimes we have members come to the museum and supports us. we really appreciate everybody's support. jonathan white is an assistant professor of american studies