In Talk at US Archives, Rachel Lance Relives the Last Moments of the H.L. Hunley

Rachel Lance at the US Archives presents her research on the death of the crew of the H.L. Hunley. Photo by Jeffrey Harris.
Rachel Lance at the US Archives presents her research on the death of the crew of the H.L. Hunley. Photo by Jeffrey Harris.

Following her August publication on the sinking of the Civil War submarine the H.L. Hunley, Rachel Lance, a 2016 Ph.D. graduate of the Pratt School of Engineering, presented her research at the National Archives. Her talk on December 11 was introduced by former Duke University librarian and current US archivist David Ferriero, who discussed the role the Archives played in her work.

"The National Archives are not only one of my favorite places to do research,” Lance said. “I truly believe they are one of our country’s greatest assets. The documents at the Archives represent the cultural memory of our entire nation. Historical documents were critical to the completion of my research, so I was thrilled and honored to be invited to return to the National Archives and report how I had used their resources.”