On this day in history, Warner Brothers’ classic film - the Adventures of Robin Hood - debuted 75 years ago in 1938. It was the most expensive film that Warner Brothers had produced to-date with extravagant sets and costumes, multiple film locations, and the utilization of a new color movie-making process called Technicolor. The Adventures of Robin Hood tells the legendary tale of the Sherwood Forest bandit who fought oppression against a tyrannical government with good-cheer and principled determination. Starring Errol Flynn as Robin Hood and Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian, it became an instant hit and arguably remains the most definitive cinematic version of Robin Hood ever filmed.
The National Archives at Riverside celebrates the 75th anniversary of the movie’s release by showcasing Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland’s naturalization records from Record Group 21 – Records of the U.S. District Courts. Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Australia in 1909 while Olivia de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan to British parents in 1916. The U.S. District Court of Los Angeles granted Flynn and de Havilland U.S. citizenship in the early 1940s. Aside from the Adventures of Robin Hood, Flynn and de Havilland made eight other movies together, including Captain Blood in 1935 and Santa Fe Trail in 1940.
The National Archives at Riverside maintains thousands of naturalization records for foreign-born residents who attained U.S. citizenship in southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada through the year 1991. For more information on our holdings, please feel free to contact us!
The Prime Crew for the NASA’s First Manned Skylab Mission Meet the Press in a Final Briefing Prior to Isolation for the Coming Launch of Skylab II, 05/01/1973
Skylab, the first American space station, was launched unmanned on May 14, 1973. This photo is of the prime crew for the first manned Skylab mission at a final briefing prior to isolation for the coming launch, which occurred on May 24, 1973. The astronauts are (L. to R.) Charles Conrad Jr., Commander, Paul J. Weitz, Pilot, and Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin, Science Pilot.
Kaiser shipyards, Richmond, California. Miss Eastine Cowner, a former waitress, is helping in her job as a scaler to construct the Liberty Ship SS George Washington Carver launched on May 7, 1943.
From the series: Negro Activities in Industry, Government, and the Armed Forces from the Records of the Office of War Information.
It’s always Teacher Appreciation Week at the National Archives!
Our Education Specialists work year-round to provide teachers with free resources for teaching with primary sources. From DC to our National Archives and Presidential Library locations around the country, we create and share lesson plans, learning activities, field trip and professional development opportunities, and multimedia and web content. Our new blog is the best way to stay up-to-date on our latest resources. So far we’ve included posts about the Common Core Standards, document spotlights, online tools, partner organizations, professional development, free programs, research tips, and of course teaching activities and lesson plans from our online site for teaching with documents, DocsTeach.org.
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To our Wednesday volunteers…
Thanks for putting up with us,
Survey all 60,000 feet without making any fuss.
Court dockets, land files and Naval records plus,
helping us whenever - caring for records covered in schmutz.
To Melissa and Gloria,
you are appreciated and your presence calms our historia.
…in the spirit of Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 21-27, 2013)
Day 68: April 23
A Bold and Persistent Staff
The renovation project that began at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in 2010 is the first renovation of the Library building since it opened to the public on June 30, 1941. It is also the first complete renovation of any presidential library. While it will not change the historic exterior of the building, the project brings its infrastructure up to National Archives standards for the long-term preservation of historic collections. The renovation also includes an exciting new permanent museum exhibit that delivers “A New Deal to a New Generation”. From the beginning of the project, our two major goals were that we always had something interesting and significant for our visitors to see and that we never close down researcher operations.
As wonderful and exciting as the renovation has been, the work has placed enormous challenges on the Library’s entire staff. We relocated staff and we moved 35,000 museum objects and 17 million pages of documents multiple times to accommodate renovation phasing. We moved research room operations into our Visitor Center and never closed to researchers and there were always museum exhibits for the visitor to see in the midst of demolition. We continued to loan museum artifacts and never missed a deadline on our many obligations to internal and external customers. And we tweeted, facebooked, and blogged about our adventures.
Ocotillo Wind Project Receives Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award
The Ocotillo Express Wind Project located on public lands in renewable-energy rich Imperial County, California, has received an Outstanding Award from both the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the California Association of Environmental Professionals. The award was presented April 2 at the NAEP annual conference in Los Angeles.
The award recognized the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental analysis, management of the complex multi-agency approval process, extensive public outreach, and the use of innovative analytic techniques including state-of-the-art radar systems for monitoring avian, bighorn sheep and other wildlife activity at the site. The BLM was the lead federal agency for NEPA review of the project, which was approved in May 2012 and came online in December. Imperial County led the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance review and Pattern Energy is the project’s proponent.
The 265-MW Ocotillo Wind Project provides clean energy to San Diego and Southern California, with 94 operational turbines and18 more to be installed on public lands this year. The project provides enough renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes and offset more than 288,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It is the first renewable energy project to use the Sunrise Powerlink Transmission line connecting San Diego with the Imperial Valley.
Construction employed as many as 500 workers, many as subcontractors from the local area. Ocotillo Wind will generate significant tax revenues over the next 30 years, benefiting Imperial County and local schools.
The Ocotillo Wind Project on BLM lands in California Received an Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award in April. Photo ©2013 by Jamey Stillings, http://www.jameystillingsprojects.com