As a girl growing up in the 1980s, Sally Ride was my hero. At that young age, I didn’t yet understand all of the battles women had fought for equality, but if I declared that I was going to be an astronaut someday, no one could dismiss my dream offhand and tell me that was … Continue reading Sally Ride and the Women of NASA
Oscar season is always a special time of year for the National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab. It’s a chance for us to reflect on the numerous Oscar-winning films we preserve for the American people and to remember our own brush with Oscars glory (2013 Academy Award of Merit, accepted on behalf of all film … Continue reading Nutrition for Body and Mind: “Jenny is a Good Thing” and the Head Start Program
In this week's Universal News story, an art show in Provincetown, Massachusetts features the artists as living canvases. The participants (whom the narrator identifies as hippies) were members of the Provincetown art community. Provincetown has a long history as an art colony, from the early 20th Century to today. http://youtu.be/ums2R3frE4g From the release sheet: BODY PAINTING Provincetown "hippie" artists have … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: A Body Paint Show at the Provincetown Art Colony, 1967.
Fifty years ago, in what came to be known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, North Vietnamese patrol boats attacked the U.S.S. Maddox. The events led to Congress passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed the president to increase U.S. involvement in Vietnam without Congressional approval. In this week's Universal newsreel, the story, including … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 1964
Films from the National Archives can be found all over the world. Clips from our collection end up in documentaries, television shows, museums, classrooms, and living rooms. But sometimes, they end up in places you would not expect. When dealing with archival film, you never know what you’re going to get… In commemoration of the … Continue reading Forrest Gump at the Archives
The 1964 New York World's Fair opened fifty years ago this week, on April 22nd, with the theme of "Man's Achievements in an Expanding Universe." If this extended Universal News story leaves you with the impression that the fair was not a runaway success, that's because it wasn't. The fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau of … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The New York World’s Fair Opens, 1964
Although this year's Oscars broadcast was a full two months ago, the ceremony honoring My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews, and Rex Harrison was held this week in 1965. If that seems late to you, consider that the very first Oscars were handed out May 16, 1929. http://youtu.be/ngw1JyOv_GM From the release sheet: HOLLYWOOD'S NIGHT OF GLAMOUR: … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The 37th Academy Awards, 1965