From the AOTUS Blog, a bit of Patent information on how to move like MJ. “You may think that the National Archives is an unlikely place to learn the secrets of Michael Jackson’s dance moves — but you’re wrong!”
New Directive for Records Management issued by OMB.
I am pleased to report that on Friday, August 24th, 2012, Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director of OMB and I issued the Managing Government Records Directive. With lots of hard work on the part of National Archives and Records Administration, White House, Federal agency staffs and stakeholder groups,…
American historian Erika Lee found her Chinese grandmother’s file while doing research at the National Archives in San Bruno, California.
When 27-year-old Wong Lan Fong and her new husband, Yee Shew Ning, traveled to the United States, they were aware of anti-Chinese prejudices. They took measures to emphasize their respectability and economic status. They delayed their departure for the United States until they had enough money to travel in first class. They also submitted a letter from the clergyman who performed their wedding ceremony, attesting to their good character.
Immigration officials seized further evidence when they confiscated the couple’s wedding photograph as proof of their marriage. The couple’s strategy worked. They were detained on Angel Island only one day before being allowed to land.
Some 70 years later, their granddaughter, American historian Erika Lee, was conducting research for her book on Chinese immigration at the National Archives in San Bruno, California, when she discovered her grandparents’ wedding photograph in her grandmother’s immigration file. Since the photo was not returned and her grandparents could not make a copy, she had never seen it before.
Our “Attachments” exhibit closes September 4, so catch it while you can (http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/gallery.html)!
On June 22, 2012 We were fortunate to have been invited to attend a tour of the NARA’s new exhibit Attachments led by the curator of the exhibit, Bruce Bustard. It was the most thought provoking exhibit, with fantastically interesting stories, about American immigration. Part of the exhibit is found above. It was a great way to learn more about the many stories of American Immigration.
This is absolutely amazing! Happy Birthday to Julia Child!
Happy 100th Birthday to Julia Child—French cooking expert and former member of the OSS, the World War II intelligence organization that was the forerunner to the CIA!The National Archives holds the personnel file of a young Julia McWilliams, including this resume that she submitted.The file documents her rise from senior typist to junior research assistant to clerk to senior clerk to administrative assistant. She started out in Washington, DC,and was then sent to duty stations overseas in Ceylon and China, when she met her future husband, Paul Child.You can read her personnel file online.To learn more about Julia Child’s time in the OSS, read “A Covert Affair” from Prologue magazine.To learn more about the OSS, read “Creating the Modern Spy” from Prologue magazine.