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!
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? Make sure to take Fido to get his teeth checked!
To help you to remember this important designation for the month of February, we give you Rounder the dolphin. Rounder is pictured here with a veterinarian—Rounder needed a partial dental plate! The images were taken between 1965 and 1967.
These pictures are held in a series of Historical Photograph Files of the Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments at the Eleventh Naval District. Pacific Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, CA.
This poster advertises a “Hallowe’en Fiesta and Masquerade Dance. We have to wonder what costume won the contest, and what exactly Aspirine Pilgrone “The Wooden-Headed Boy” did to entertain?
The poster is part of a series of Central Classified Files for the Mission Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, dated in the early forties.
The XS-1 in flight, 1947. The XS-1 was the first manned aircraft to go faster than the speed of sound.
In the records created by the High Speed Flight Station of NASA, held at the National Archives at Riverside. Also, check out ARC—our online catalog—for a digital copy of this image, descriptions for records all over the US, plus much more. Use the reference link for the image to get there.
In the spirit of pow wow season, we wanted to share the story of a “Pow Wow” that occurred 75 years ago this weekend in Palm Springs. These publicity photographs and notes are from the event. The press release speaks for itself…
Earlier this year Mr. John Collier, Chief Administrator for Indian Affairs at Washington, sent one of his principle aides and law enforcement officers to Palm Springs to investigate and straighten out the difficulties that were arising on the great Indian Reservation at the famous desert resort.
In the short time that has transpired since his arrival, Federal Officer in Charge H.H. Quackenbush has caused great changes to take place much to the relief of all fair-minded citizens, and to those who have the welfare of the Indians at heart. He has earned the respect and admiration of both the Indians and the white populace through his wise administration.
He has also gained the confidence of his Indian charges to the extent that they have planned together to hold a great All-Indian Spring Fiesta in Palm Canyon here for all to see. This will be the first time such a spectacle is opened to the public and one that will encourage the perpetuation of the ancient tribal customs of a noble and colorful race.
Under a full moon next Friday and Saturday evenings, several hundred Indians of the Mission tribes, including the Cahuilla, Mesa Grande, Pala, Los Coyotes, Soboba, Torres-Martinez, Santa Rosa, and others will gather around immense fires to sing, dance and play their age-old games. Others of Navajo, Hopi, Sioux, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Piute [sic] and Osage tribes will also join in the ceremonials and feasting.
The evening presentations will start at 8 o’clock and another two will be given on Sunday April 25th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission for adults is one dollar and for children, twentyfive [sic] cents. It is hoped that schools will organize large parties for their students to witness this amazing spectacle and that all those who have Indian interests and betterment at heart will join the audiences.
From the National Archives at Riverside, Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
These survey maps are held in a series of records created by the Surveyor General of Arizona, Frank S. Ingalls, near the end of the 19th century.
In 1891, the U.S. Congress created the Court of Private Land Claims to decide land rights cases for persons whose land rights were affected by the Gadsden Purchase and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago. In order to maintain ownership of the land, the petitioner would have to prove that he had been granted the land by Mexican or Spanish authorities before the end of the Mexican American War. The survey maps show the areas that two parties were attempting to prove ownership of, with indications of major markers such as springs and mining areas.
Here at NARA-Riverside, we call that a “safety hazard,” someone get this brave lady a ladder!
Wisconsin Historical Society librarians in the stacks, 1896.
This week, Wisconsin Heritage Online celebrates National Library Week with historic photographs of Wisconsin librarians at work. This 1896 image of Minnie Oakley and Florence Baker Hayes was taken in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, which housed the Wisconsin Historical Society library and archives from the 1860s until 1900.
via: Wisconsin Historical Images, Wisconsin Historical Society