This December 1866 subpoena ordered representatives of the State of West Virginia to appear before the Supreme Court in a post-Civil War jurisdictional dispute between Virginia and West Virginia. Virginia sought to reclaim Berkeley and Jefferson Counties from West Virginia. The Supreme Court rejected Virginia’s claims in 1871.
Records We’re Thankful to Have at the National Archives
Thanksgiving is an anticipated time of year…unless you’re a turkey! While our traditions today may not even include the iconic bird (hello, Tofurkey!), this holiday is still cherished as a time to gather with friends and family and give thanks. But before you start setting the table, enjoy a “harvest” of some of our favorite Thanksgiving records!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Happy Thanksgiving from the National Archives at Riverside!
Southern California Basketmakers
We are delighted to share some images of southern California basket makers and their baskets. These women were from the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. We are also sharing a page from a report describing different forms of Diegueño baskets. These documents were created in the mid-1930s as interest in Indian Arts & Crafts was increasing within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we would like to share just some of the remarkable pieces of Native American history of tribes in southern California and Arizona. All of these records come from our holdings of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 75).
Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse!
Soon after his debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse and his creator, Walt Disney, were in court. This exhibit can be found in the infringement of trademark case, Walt Disney v. Pathe Exchange, etal, filed by Disney’s lawyers on March 30, 1931. The Walt Disney company won this case (and many others).
We love this document because Mickey and Minnie can stay so positive, even as their fate is being litigated!
From the holdings of the National Archives at Riverside, Records of District Courts of the United States (RG 21).
Someone had fun with that description.
Jackson Barnett’s story is an intriguing one. Barnett was a Creek Indian from Oklahoma, on whose land oil was discovered. He had been declared legally incompetent as the result of a head injury in childhood. His wife Anna, it was proposed, married him for his money and took advantage of his condition. A rather intense fight commenced between the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Mrs. Barnett.
It is no surprise that the paparazzi is getting in trouble with her. They took a particular interest in the case. Are you interested in more information about this case? We’ve got records at the National Archives at Riverside.