Dated June 4, 1943, this Declaration of Intention is part of the naturalization record for actor Yul Brynner.
Declaration of Intention for Jules Bryner (also Youl Bryner), 06/04/1943
Ineligible for Citizenship
Settling in Oregon, Bhagat Singh Thind served during World War I and was naturalized at least twice. However in 1921, the District Court of Oregon filed a bill of complaint denying citizenship to Thind. The case went to the Supreme Court and in its 1923 decision, the court ended up defining Asian Indians as non-white and ineligible for naturalization.
Bill of Complaint, 01/07/1921; U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 1921 - 1926
(Thind would ultimately obtain citizenship a third and final time through the state of New York, following a law granting citizenship to any World War I veterans.)
Declaration of Intention for Luther Theophilus Powell, 12/12/1929
Luther Powell emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica, entering the United States at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aboard the Manchioneal on April 26, 1920. He filed this Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen on December 12, 1929. His son, Colin, went on to become a National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State.
This is the Declaration of Intention for citizenship form of Maria von Trapp (of The Sound of Music fame). The von Trapp family had toured the U.S. prior to moving to Stowe, Vermont permanently. The form includes her date of birth, occupation, a physical description, place of birth, current address, date of emigration, place of last foreign residence, port and date of arrival, her husband’s name and place of birth, and number of children with their names, dates and places of birth.
If you look closely (you can zoom in on our catalog) you’ll notice certain dates which may have later been disputed.
Declaration of Intention of Maria von Trapp, 01/21/1944
June 4 - Declaration of Intention for Jules Bryner
Dated June 4, 1943, this Declaration of Intention is part of the naturalization record for actor Yul Brynner (listed as “Jules Bryner also Youl Bryner” on the form).
June 2 - Act to Grant Citizenship to Indians
Act of June 2, 1924, Public Law 68-175, 43 STAT 253, which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.
Approved on June 2, 1924, this act of Congress granted citizenship to any Native Americans born within the United States. At the time many were still denied voting rights by individual state or local laws.