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Published on Apr 9, 2012
Titanic documents in the National Archives reveal dramatic details of the ship's sinking. In this Inside the Vaults video short, Archives employees and volunteers discuss their favorite documents, including depositions of surviving passengers, blueprints of the ship, claims of loss and photographs. Often in the first person, the documents tell the story of the sinking in dramatic detail.
As the archival repository for the records for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the National Archives at New York City holds records in the admiralty case files related to Titanic, specifically the petition filed by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, as the owner of Titanic, for limitation of liability. The documents are available to the public in New York City, and many can also be viewed on the National Archives' online research system at http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/. Archivist Bonnie Sauer, public programs specialist Dorothy Dougherty, education specialist Christopher Zarr, education technician Sara Pasquerello, and volunteer William Roka are featured in this video.
Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.