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Letter from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan, 08/13/1987

Former president Nixon comments on Reagan’s speech on the Iran-Contra affair, delivered to a national television audience the night before.

"The committee labored for nine months and produced a stillborn midget."

todaysdocument:

Letter from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan, 08/13/1987

Former president Nixon comments on Reagan’s speech on the Iran-Contra affair, delivered to a national television audience the night before.

"The committee labored for nine months and produced a stillborn midget."

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#Richard Nixon

#Ronald Reagan

#primary sources

#history

#1980s

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This lunch was the last meal that President Nixon ate before announcing later that day—August 8, 1974—that he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
White House photographer Oliver Atkins made a point of documenting the preparation of the lunch. 
You can learn more about President Nixon and his domestic policies in this Prologue magazine article: http://go.usa.gov/jUKG Image from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

This looks like a last meal for someone on Death Row. Perhaps that is how Nixon was feeling at the time?

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This lunch was the last meal that President Nixon ate before announcing later that day—August 8, 1974—that he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

White House photographer Oliver Atkins made a point of documenting the preparation of the lunch. 

You can learn more about President Nixon and his domestic policies in this Prologue magazine article: http://go.usa.gov/jUKG

Image from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

This looks like a last meal for someone on Death Row. Perhaps that is how Nixon was feeling at the time?

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#Nixon

#Watergate

#Presidential Resignation

#history

#1970s history

todaysdocument:

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month

Pedestrians on the upper deck promenade of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, ca. 1910

The Brooklyn Bridge is a perennial hit — but what’s your favorite bridge?

For cwj.

todaysdocument:

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month

Pedestrians on the upper deck promenade of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, ca. 1910

The Brooklyn Bridge is a perennial hit — but what’s your favorite bridge?

For cwj.

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#history

#bridges

usnatarchives:

A volunteer was prepping an unopened file for digital scanning and found this mole’s skin pressed in the papers of a Civil War widow’s pension file!
How did a preserved mole skin end up in our archives?

The soldier, James J. Van Liew, didn’t care to share his tent with this uninvited guest and captured it. As (a joke? a love token?), Van Liew sent the skin to his wife, Charity. She kept it for years but lost his original letter.
In July 1900, Charity applied to the government for a widow’s pension. In these applications, the widow had to establish her relationship with the soldier, and in an era before consistent recording of marriages, the women often had to be creative. Charity had no marriage certificate, but she did have this mole skin. She sent the Pension Bureau four testimonials from friends who had seen Van Liew’s letter—addressed to “Dear Wife”—and the surprising enclosure.

Just goes to show you never know what you will find in an archives. Happy American Archives Month!


This is so wonderful on so many levels!

usnatarchives:

A volunteer was prepping an unopened file for digital scanning and found this mole’s skin pressed in the papers of a Civil War widow’s pension file!

How did a preserved mole skin end up in our archives?

The soldier, James J. Van Liew, didn’t care to share his tent with this uninvited guest and captured it. As (a joke? a love token?), Van Liew sent the skin to his wife, Charity. She kept it for years but lost his original letter.

In July 1900, Charity applied to the government for a widow’s pension. In these applications, the widow had to establish her relationship with the soldier, and in an era before consistent recording of marriages, the women often had to be creative. Charity had no marriage certificate, but she did have this mole skin. She sent the Pension Bureau four testimonials from friends who had seen Van Liew’s letter—addressed to “Dear Wife”—and the surprising enclosure.

Just goes to show you never know what you will find in an archives. Happy American Archives Month!

This is so wonderful on so many levels!

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#archives

#moles

#history

calumet412:

Dorothy Hunt and Dr. Mary Walker, c.1912, Chicago. Dr. Walker wore men’s clothing in support for the suffragist movement.

This photo holds so many kinds of awesomeness.

calumet412:

Dorothy Hunt and Dr. Mary Walker, c.1912, Chicago. Dr. Walker wore men’s clothing in support for the suffragist movement.

This photo holds so many kinds of awesomeness.

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#history

#suffragist

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Magna Carta Unveiled!
Yesterday the 1297 Magna Carta was unveiled after having been repaired and re-encased. We are thrilled that this important document will be back on display for the American people, and will be secure in its encasement for many many years to come. 
Yahoo! News featured a great article on the unveiling of the 1297 Magna Carta and the amazing work by our conservators and our partners at NIST. Check out the article here.

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Magna Carta Unveiled!

Yesterday the 1297 Magna Carta was unveiled after having been repaired and re-encased. We are thrilled that this important document will be back on display for the American people, and will be secure in its encasement for many many years to come.

Yahoo! News featured a great article on the unveiling of the 1297 Magna Carta and the amazing work by our conservators and our partners at NIST. Check out the article here.

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#history

#magna carta

#preservation