The Pala Reservation Baseball team. They made a splendid record the past season. ca. 1925
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).
It’s National Radio Day!
"A Farm Family Listening to Their Radio, 08/14/1926"
What are your radio memories?
Calvin Coolidge became the 30th President of the United States in the early morning hours of August 3, 1923, following President Warren G. Harding’s sudden death in San Francisco during his tour of the west. Coolidge was vacationing at his family home in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, and was sworn in by his father, a local notary.
The Pied Piper Of the Potomac, 06/26/1920
It’s the first week of summer vacation here in Washington, and Clifford Berryman’s “Mister D.C.” plays the Pied Piper as a part of a campaign to get city children out into fresh air.
How did you spend summer vacation? Outside? At the pool? In a book? Sleepaway camp? Or 10 weeks in front of the Atari?
"…the increase of crime is not from the increase of netural [sic] criminals, but the great increase of criminal opportunity afforded by the invention of the auto."
President Hoover established the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement in May 1929 in an effort to identify causes of criminal activity. Thousands of citizens wrote to George Wickersham, the commission’s chairman, to offer information and to express opinions about the causes of crime in the United States.
Letter from John E. Ayer, M. V., to the Crime and Law Enforcement Commission Citing the Automobile as Increasing Crime and Liquor Trafficking, 05/23/1929
From the Records of the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
16 Inch Disappearing Carriage Model 1917 under Construction, 12/30/1920
Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance
A 16 inch Disappearing Carriage Model 1917 artillery piece under construction at the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, Massachusetts. A major military arsenal since the early 1800s, the site of the Watertown Arsenal has since been converted to civilian use and now houses a shopping mall and office park.
Ready for Thursday?
Cartoonist Clifford Berryman reflects the mood of many women at the time in 1924, with Thanksgiving dinner approaching. Berryman’s familiar character, Miss Democracy, pulls kernels of corn off a cob for the hungry turkey while remarking “It’s readier for Thursday than I am!”
Who does the cooking for your Thanksgiving dinner?
They Won’t Agree on Anything!
Clifford Berryman, artist. 9/24/1922
Records of the U.S. Senate
This cartoon shows Congress adjourning and members returning home to campaign for reelection. As they exit the Capitol, the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey have differing perspectives on the session. The elephant remembers Republican successes while the donkey remembers the Republican majority’s failures; each hope this leads to his party’s victory in the upcoming election.
It’s the first day of fall, and we are certainly feeling the cool-down over here on the East Coast. In September, 1922 weather conditions were similar to today’s forecast. Cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman took a break from his usual political commentary to make note of the cooler evening temperatures felt throughout the Washington area.
Cooler Nights by Clifford K. Berryman, 9/26/1922, U.S. Senate Collection (ARC 6011761)
Subject: Olympic Games, 23 July 1923
"It is the policy of the Department, therefore, to urge the men of the Navy and Marine Corps to take part in all contests requiring physical skill, manliness and courage…"