Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

On August 6, join AmericasTownHall virtual celebration "The 19th at 100!" Presented with All in Together, 19th News, the US National Archives, and presidential libraries, a group of women luminaries, and other leading figures will discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. The celebration occurs on August 6, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm PDT, to register for this free online event, please see the invitation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-amendment-past-present-and-future-tick...


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Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.




White House Statement on the Release of Anatoly Shcharanskiy From the Soviet Union

February 11, 1986

The President today spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Shimon Peres [of Israel], Anatoly Shcharanskiy, and Mrs. Shcharanskiy, who had just arrived at the airport in Tel Aviv. The call lasted 8 minutes, 1:08 p.m. to 1:16 p.m. The President told Prime Minister Peres he was very pleased over the releases, noting that Chancellor Kohl [of the Federal Republic of Germany] played a key role in putting together this exchange. He added that we will not stop pressing for improvements in the situation of Soviet Jews, including emigration rights.

On behalf of the American people, the President expressed to Dr. Shcharanskiy delight over the release and that he had joined his wife in Israel. The President commended his courage and fortitude as symbols of the human will for freedom, adding that his many long years of imprisonment and suffering had been painful for all who care about human rights. The President concluded by saying he would continue his own efforts and those of the Government to support human rights in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.