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NSA Cryptology Staff to Visit CECOM Archive

The CECOM Historians are getting visitors tomorrow!

On Thursday, July 14th, 2011, the historians from the Center for Cryptologic Heritage and the librarians and museum staff from the National Cryptological Museum are going to visit.  This is a great chance for us to meet some nearby “humanities” people, and to show the contents of the CECOM archive.  They have graciously offered to drive up from the NSA headquarters to see us for our first in-person meeting.

The National Cryptologic Museum and Historians are located at Fort Meade.

The CECOM history office’s relationship with the current NSA librarians and historians goes back a few years when CECOM was working to digitize our newspaper collection.  The U.S. Army had a cryptology section that used to be part of the Signal Corps, when it was headquartered at Fort Monmouth decades ago.  It was a long shot, but we thought that maybe there could be an old newspaper or two at the cryptology museum library or history archive.  There were no newspapers at the NSA sites, but we got the great opportunity to meet (at least digitally) and interact with some other humanities folks.

Tomorrow we get to meet them in real life!  This is so exciting, for a few reasons. First, we’ll get to share more of the CECOM archive, and in exchange recieve some materials from their location.  Second, we get to learn about how another archive/library/history office works; we’re always looking for good ideas on how to better our own profession.  And third, we get to network with some nearby researchers.  Historians and archivists can be a little hard to come by, and it’s always good to find others. 

Can you tell how excited I am?  I’ll post about the visit – maybe with photos of us if I remember my camera – by next week.

Note: Sorry for the week without any blogs – after I got back from a month in Japan, it took me some time to finally log back into everything.  It’s good to be back and blogging.  And I’ll post a little about some of the research I did in Tokyo, too.  Keep checking back for more updates!

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