Protecting the U.S. archives during wartime


National Archives, Washington DC

The capture, or destruction, of cultural heritage during war time is an ancient practice. During World War II, the United States took extraordinary steps to protect the nation's founding documents. Originally housed at the Library of Congress, today those documents reside in public view at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

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The Secret Plan to Protect America's Founding Documents During WWII

By Stephen Puleo

Politico Magazine

September 25, 2016