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Foundation for the National Archives Presents 2014 Records of Achievement Award to Robert M. Edsel

October 29, 2014

The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2014 Records of Achievement Award to noted historian and philanthropist Robert M. Edsel, author of The Monuments Men, Tuesday night at a black-tie gala at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

The event was sponsored by AT&T, with the generous support of Governor Jim Blanchard and Janet Blanchard, and the Maris S. Cuneo Foundation.


The Records of Achievement Award is an annual tribute given to an individual whose work has cultivated a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records, including those preserved by the National Archives. Foundation Chair A’Lelia Bundles, Executive Director Patrick M. Madden, and Honorary Gala Chair Nick Clooney joined Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero in presenting the award.

The Foundation recognized Edsel for his tireless efforts bringing to life the storied history of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the Western Allies during World War II, known collectively as “the Monuments Men”.

“We are thrilled to recognize Robert Edsel with the Foundation’s highest honor. He has brought to life compelling and untold stories from our nation’s history, and he is an inspiration to all of us,” said Madden.

The annual gala, which includes an awards ceremony in the Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater and a seated dinner in the Rotunda Galleries, celebrates the public-private partnership between the National Archives and the nonprofit Foundation for the National Archives. The evening concluded with a champagne toast outdoors on the National Archives’ portico overlooking the National Mall.

Previous recipients of the Foundation’s award include: Steven Spielberg, Tom Brokaw, Ken Burns and David McCullough.