Month: September 2011

Feldman, Justin N._NYT Photo (c) Robert Walker

Justin N. Feldman, 1919-2011

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist Feldman had a long and notable career as a lawyer and reform-minded Democratic politician in New York.  His association with John F. Kennedy began in 1959, and he worked on the 1960 campaign in New York and at the Democratic National Convention.  But though he met the older brother…


Demystifying Declassification

  by our Declassification Unit colleagues One of the most common questions that we hear from researchers is, “When will this document be declassified?” (sometimes expressed more plaintively as, “Why isn’t this document declassified yet?”). Even for seasoned researchers, security classification can seem mysterious and opaque and hint of governmental cover-up or paranoia. To dispel…


Bernard Boutin, 1923-2011

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist An effective Democratic politician in New Hampshire at a time when the state was almost synonymous with the Republican party, Boutin was the mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire from 1955-59 and twice ran for governor, in 1958 and 1960, doing comparatively well in both elections  In New England, Boutin…