The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2013
Records of Achievement Award to director Steven Spielberg at a black-tie gala
at the National Archives on November 19.
The event featured an awards program and conversation
between Spielberg and gala chair Ken Burns on the 150th anniversary of the
The Records of Achievement Award is a tribute 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.
The Foundation recognized three-time Oscar winner Spielberg for
his contributions as the helmer of “Lincoln” and other historical films
including “Saving Private Ryan,” “Amistad,” “The Color Purple” and “Schindler’s
List.” He also was honored for his work in establishing the USC Shoah
Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which has created the
world’s largest video archive on a single topic: life histories of survivors of
the Holocaust and other genocides.