Here President and Mrs. Ford ride in the Presidential limousine during a trip to Chicago on August 19, 1974.
President Ford logged over 270,000 miles of travel while in office, and Mrs. Ford regularly accompanied him on trips. They attended public events together and made state visits to several foreign countries. “I had fun, I was privileged to travel in style and to see many wonders,” she reflected on their Presidential trips in her memoirs, “and these will stay in my memory.”-from the Ford Library
A Hero’s Welcome for the Astronauts of Apollo 11
After Apollo 11 astronauts Edward “Buzz” Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins safely returned to Earth following their successful mission to the surface of the Moon, they spent several weeks in quarantine, and were finally greeted with ticker tape parades and celebrations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles on August 13, 1969.
From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006
On the run in Chicago, gangster John Dillinger was cornered by Federal agents outside a theater and killed eighty years ago on July 22, 1934.
Don’t care for re-enactments? See Dillinger’s actual personal effects in our previous post, from the Universal Newsreel of July 23, 1934.
DILLINGER SHOT TO DEATH BY FEDERAL AGENTS AFTER HUNTCHICAGO, ILL.—-Leaving a small theatre on the North Side, America’s Public Enemy Number One finds death waiting at the hands of sixteen Federal men. Sensing his danger, Dillinger started to draw his gun, but bullets reached his heart before he was able to reach his pocket, ending a career of crime unparalleled in modern police annals.Excerpted from: Universal News, Volume 6, Release 269, Story #1, July 23, 1934
Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980. General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004
On June 4, 1944, the U.S. Navy’s Task Group 22.3, a “Hunter-Killer” group, commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery captured the German submarine U-505. This was the first time the U.S. Navy had captured an enemy combat vessel at sea since the 19th century, although the incident was kept top secret at the time for the sake of military intelligence. This clip shows the submarine in 1954 being towed into Chicago, where today it is part of the Museum of Science and Industry. (See the complete film of U-505’s arrival in Chicago in our online catalog.)
"LAKE MICHIGAN SHORELINE WITH A MARINA AND PART OF THE CHICAGO SKYLINE IN THE BACKGROUND. THE CITY HAS THREE OF THE FIVE TALLEST BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD…10/1973"
The town of Chicago was first incorporated 180 years ago on August 12, 1833, and later incorporated as the city of Chicago on March 4, 1837.
#DOCUMERICA Fan? There’s only 1 month left to catch the exhibit "Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project" now at the National Archives!
BLACK FAMILY ENJOYING THE SUMMER WEATHER AT CHICAGO’S 12TH STREET BEACH ON LAKE MICHIGAN. FROM 1960 TO 1970 THE PERCENTAGE OF CHICAGO BLACKS WITH AN INCOME OF $7,000 OR MORE JUMPED FROM 26 TO 58%. MEDIAN BLACK INCOME DURING THE PERIOD INCREASED FROM $4,700 TO $7,883, BUT THE DOLLAR GAP BETWEEN THEIR GROUP AND THE WHITES ACTUALLY WIDENED, 08/1973
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970-)
Earlier today, the National Archives in Washington, DC hosted Jimmie Walker the actor who played J.J. Evans in the 1970s television show Good Times and the author of Dynomite!: Good Times, Bad Times and Our Times- A Memoir.
Watch the archived webcast here: http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives
Completed 40 years ago in May 1973, Chicago’s Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) was the tallest building in the world, and still reigns as the tallest building in the United States, until the imminent completion of New York’s One World Trade Center.
NEW AMTRAK TURBOLINER…THE NEW SEARS TOWER IS SEEN ON THE SKYLINE. 06/1974
From the EPA’s DOCUMERICA Series
(More items from DOCUMERICA are currently on exhibit at the National Archives: “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project”)
GRAPE/LETTUCE BOYCOTTERS PICKET THE JEWEL FOOD STORE, 08/1973
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency. (12/02/1970 - )
This picture of a boycott outside of a grocery store in Chicago reminds us that the 1970s was a decade of protest and change.
It’s Flashback Friday! Do you have a photograph of someone in your family in a powder blue tuxedo?
See more 1970s fashion in our new exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project.”
Image: “Michigan Avenue, Chicago” (couple on street) Perry Riddle, Chicago, IL, July 1975. National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency.
This aerial photograph from November 24, 1938, shows the North Side section of Chicago, Illinois. Located on the southwestern edge of Lake Michigan, the city suffered a disastrous fire in 1871, but then underwent a building boom which continued into the 20th century. In this photograph, Montrose Peninsula can be seen in the upper right quadrant, while Belmont Harbor can be seen further south.
Aerial Photograph of Chicago, Illinois, 11/24/1938
Is your office overflowing with leftover candy today? We’ve got candy in the Archives too - but it’s an archival record, not a treat:
In 1962 two candy companies in Chicago copied Brach’s distinct toffee labels, but not their sweets. Customers were confused and complained to Brach’s about an inferior product. E.J. Brach & Sons brought the matter to the courts. After examining the case including the products (pictured), the U.S. District Court in Chicago ordered Peanut Speciality and Close & Company, Incorporated to stop manufacturing their imitations. The candies used as exhibits in the case survived and are currently kept in a mylar sleeve with the case.
Located in RG 21, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, case 62C1069, “E.J. Brach & Sons, a corporation v. Peanut Specialty Company, a corporation and Close & Company, Incorporated, a corporation.”
Letter from National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 8/1/1968
Records of District Courts of the United States; exhibit from criminal case 69CR180, United States v. Dellinger, et al.
This criminal case file relates to the case in which the defendants, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Lee Weiner, John Froines, and Bobby Seale (aka the “Chicago Eight,” later the “Chicago Seven”) were accused of inciting riots during the Democratic National Convention of 1968. On March 20, 1969, the grand jury returned indictments on the eight persons on charges of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce with the intent to incite a riot, in violation of the Anti-Riot Act. Six of the defendants were indicted on individual charges of traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to incite a riot, in violation of the Anti-Riot Act. The trial of these individuals began on September 24, 1969 and lasted 13 months. On November 5, Judge Hoffman sentenced Bobby Seale to four years in prison for contempt of court and declared a mistrial in the prosecution of Seale. The case file includes the transcript of the proceedings, an indictment, appearances, bench warrants, citations, dockets, mandates, motions, notice of appeal, petitions, orders, statement of proceedings, subpoenas, and a verdict.
On July 24, 1915, the top-heavy passenger ship SS Eastland rolled over while docked in Chicago. 844 passengers and crew were killed in the incident. Later the US Navy bought the salvaged ship. It was restored and modified to make it a gunboat and renamed the USS Wilmette.
Photograph of The Eastland (upside down) on Chicago River, Chicago., ca. 07/24/1915