photograph from file of Eng Goon

Bringing the Past to Light through the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files

Today’s post is by Katherine Stinson, Archives Specialist in Motion Pictures at the National Archives in College Park, MD. When National Archives staff began working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was looking for new telework projects to do. One of the projects I discovered, through email updates from the National Archives Catalog, … Continue reading Bringing the Past to Light through the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files

Decisions of the Board of Special Inquiry: The Story of Irish Immigrant Bridget Donaghy

Today's post comes to us from Griffin Godoy, history education undergraduate student at Temple University. Griffin interned with the National Archives at Philadelphia virtually last fall as a part of the Cultural Fieldwork Initiative (CFI), a partnership with the Temple University College of Education Social Studies faculty and more than 30 regional cultural institutions. The … Continue reading Decisions of the Board of Special Inquiry: The Story of Irish Immigrant Bridget Donaghy

Searching for Houdini

Today’s post is written by Daniel Dancis, an Archivist in the Textual Records Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD.  The name itself conjures up visions of handcuffs, underwater submersions, and impossible escapes. For just a moment imagine yourself in a large theater in the early 1900s. From the upper balcony, surrounded by … Continue reading Searching for Houdini