US National Archives Exhibits

Aug 27

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the “Big Three” sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin., 02/1945.
Item From: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964).
The Yalta Conference was also known as the Crimea Conference, and was codenamed as the Argonaut Conference. It took place from February 4-11, 1945 and was to discuss Europe’s post-war reorganization.
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Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the “Big Three” sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin., 02/1945.

Item From: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964).

The Yalta Conference was also known as the Crimea Conference, and was codenamed as the Argonaut Conference. It took place from February 4-11, 1945 and was to discuss Europe’s post-war reorganization.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVTj

Aug 26

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Aug 24

World War I Draft Registration Card for Louis Armstrong, 09/12/1918.
Item From: Records of the Selective Service System ( World War I). (1917-07/15/1919).
This draft card for an 18 year old Louis Armstrong shows his occupation as a musician. It also shows that he was born on July 4rth 1900, and mentions his mother May Armstrong .
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVTh

World War I Draft Registration Card for Louis Armstrong, 09/12/1918.

Item From: Records of the Selective Service System ( World War I). (1917-07/15/1919).

This draft card for an 18 year old Louis Armstrong shows his occupation as a musician. It also shows that he was born on July 4rth 1900, and mentions his mother May Armstrong .

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVTh

Aug 22

Presidential Pardon Signed by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, 04/13/1822.
Item From: Records of District Courts of the United States. (1790- 01/01/1912).
Power of the Pen. One of the powers the president holds is the ability to pardon prisoners. In this case President Monroe pardoned three individuals.
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Presidential Pardon Signed by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, 04/13/1822.

Item From: Records of District Courts of the United States. (1790- 01/01/1912).

Power of the Pen. One of the powers the president holds is the ability to pardon prisoners. In this case President Monroe pardoned three individuals.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DyCH

Aug 21

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Aug 20

Tennessee’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (03/04/1789-).
In 1920 the 19th Amendment gained enough approval from the States to officially become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Tennessee ratified the amendment on the 24th of August, better late than never! The ratification is signed by A.H. Roberts, governor of Tennessee.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DNYj

Tennessee’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (03/04/1789-).

In 1920 the 19th Amendment gained enough approval from the States to officially become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Tennessee ratified the amendment on the 24th of August, better late than never! The ratification is signed by A.H. Roberts, governor of Tennessee.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DNYj

Aug 19

Wilbur and Orville Wright’s Oath to Accompany the Patent for an “Improvement in Flying Machines”, 03/19/1903.
Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1925-1975).
Today is Aviation Day. To celebrate here are two famous aviators, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s signatures. They filed this document along with their patent for improvements to an un-powered flying machine.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/DNmw

Wilbur and Orville Wright’s Oath to Accompany the Patent for an “Improvement in Flying Machines”, 03/19/1903.

Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1925-1975).

Today is Aviation Day. To celebrate here are two famous aviators, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s signatures. They filed this document along with their patent for improvements to an un-powered flying machine.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DNmw

Aug 17

Patent Drawing for a Pencil, 07/05/1864 - 07/05/1864. 
Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1925-1975).
Patent Spotlight. Orestes Cleveland Sr. was both a manufacturer and a prominent New Jersey politician. He was a Democrat who represented New Jersey’s 5th congressional district from 1869-1871. He also served as the Mayor for Jersey City twice.
Source: http://go.usa.gov/jAH9

Patent Drawing for a Pencil, 07/05/1864 - 07/05/1864.

Item From: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. (1925-1975).

Patent Spotlight. Orestes Cleveland Sr. was both a manufacturer and a prominent New Jersey politician. He was a Democrat who represented New Jersey’s 5th congressional district from 1869-1871. He also served as the Mayor for Jersey City twice.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/jAH9

Aug 16

Letter from U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II to Colonel Thomas A. Rhen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 06/01/1988.
Item From: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. (06/16/1979-).
This letter responds to an invitation sent to Representative Joseph Kennedy by the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking him to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a child development center. Kennedy could not attend because the House of Representatives was meeting that day.
Source:http://go.usa.gov/DE6z

Letter from U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II to Colonel Thomas A. Rhen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 06/01/1988.

Item From: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. (06/16/1979-).

This letter responds to an invitation sent to Representative Joseph Kennedy by the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking him to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a child development center. Kennedy could not attend because the House of Representatives was meeting that day.

Source:http://go.usa.gov/DE6z