Monthly Archives: January 2014

Holy Act of Congress, Batman! Equal Pay for Equal Work!

This post is by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Apollo 1 Disaster

On January 27, 1967, the first Apollo mission ended in disaster. Fire broke out during a launch rehearsal, killing pilots Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. From the release sheet: ASTRONAUT DISASTER Apollo astronauts Roger Chaffee, Edward White, and … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Select Lists

This week I’ve decided to highlight some of the images selected by staff, mostly in the 1970s and as late as the 1990s, to be part of hard copy leaflets on popular subjects.  For a number of years, these select … Continue reading

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My Grandfather Went to Sea: Finding Family Stories in Historical Records

This post is by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. As soon as he was able, my Grandfather went … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Beaux-Arts Ball, 1931

On January 23, 1931, architects dressed up as the buildings they designed for the Beaux-Arts Ball in New York.  In this week’s featured story, they are pictured  from left to right, A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building, Leonard Schultze as the … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: A Model Kitchen, 1934

This week’s Universal News features a story from 1934 about a model kitchen run by the Detroit Free Press  It is a local story and was only shown in movie theaters in Detroit. From the release sheet: WIVES TAUGHT TO COOK … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Polar Expeditions

The images this week relate to the polar regions. Local Identifer: 401-XPS-17-11, Photographs of the Robert Peary Sledge Party Posing with Flags at the North Pole. Ooqueh, holding the Navy League flag; Ootah, holding the D.K.E. fraternity flag; Matthew Henson, … Continue reading

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Gangsters, G-Men, and Archivists

The gangster was an icon in the 1920s and 30s.  While prohibition limited the sale of alcohol, the gangster smuggled in liquor from Canada and established speakeasies across the country.  As the Great Depression left thousands unemployed, the gangster embodied … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

This week’s Universal News story dates from 1963 and features a chimpanzee ice skating in Germany. From the release sheet: SPORTS MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t … Continue reading

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Declassified Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings – 1st Quarter

In an effort to provide information on recently declassified motion pictures and sound recordings the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch will publish a quarterly list of newly declassified records. Operation MANTRAC (Manual Angle Tracking Capability) (Local Identifier 342-USAF-33788/ARC Identifier … Continue reading

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