The National Archives and Records Administration(NARA)
Excerpts from statements made by John W. Carlin, the eighth Archivist of the United States, in his first address to NARA employees:
The Mission of the National Archives
Under the law, the primary mission of the National Archives is to identify, preserve and make available the permanently valuable records of the Federal government and related donated historical material. Beyond that, it is the obligation of the Archives to function as a central management agency for the Federal government. This is accomplished, in part, by fostering the effective and efficient management of the nation’s records, and in managing a network of records centers for Federal agencies.
The National Archives as a Cultural Institution
The National Archives is also one of the nation’s richest cultural resources. Through its network of Washington area and regional archives and its Presidential Libraries, the National Archives has the opportunity to meet the research and educational needs of millions of researchers and museum visitors every year. Whether providing valuable documentation for veterans, making available materials for scholarly research, or disseminating educational programs to the general public, the National Archives is one of the nation’s most valuable cultural assets.
The University of Nebraska Press
The University of Nebraska Press, founded in 1941, seeks to encourage, develop, publish, and disseminate research, literature, and the publishing arts. The Press is the largest academic publisher in the Great Plains and a major publisher of books about that region. It is the state’s largest repository of the knowledge, arts, and skills of publishing and advises the University and the people of Nebraska about book publishing.
The Press is the largest and most diversified university press between Chicago and California, and seeks to serve as the publisher for that enormous region. We proudly publish excellent writers and scholars, including those of our own university system, and foster projects on the culture and history of the state and of the entire West. As the population and influence of the West increase, we intend to keep pace, providing our university, state, and region with a publishing program equal to the energies, needs and intelligence of the area.