U.S. News and World Report is embarking on a partnership with the National Archives to make public certain historical documents and accounts for the first time. Personal accounts of history–from handwritten reports by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, to Lady Bird Johnson’s moment-by-moment, tape-recorded diary of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas–are now available to the public for the first time. “Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives” is an exhibit running now through January at the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and scheduled to travel later around the country. This companion web site contains digitized selections from that exhibit: letters, transcripts, and diaries–from Americans famous and not–that revive crucial moments in history with an intensity and intimacy that no secondary source can match. Visitors to the site can read excerpts from handwritten testimony during the trial of Susan B. Anthony, view George H. W. Bush’s diary entry on the resignation of President Nixon, and more.

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