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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 Gettysburg Address. 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. »

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