October is American Archives Month. To celebrate, we are highlighting our staff around the country and their favorite records from the holdings in the National Archives.
Today’s staff member is Cody White, an archivist at the National Archives at Denver. Here’s his explanation of why his favorite record is a particular Purple Heart at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum:
"Nearly two million of them have been issued over the years, but the story behind this particular medal is what really affected me the first time I saw it. Simply put, a distraught father who lost his son in the Korean War sent the posthumous medal, with accompanying letter, back to Truman. It’s a succinct, yet devastating letter to read and if I remember the story correctly Truman in turn kept the letter and medal close, with staff finding it in his personal office desk after he passed in 1972."
"That simple display, it hits you right when you leave the gallery at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum , knocked me out and has stuck with me since I first saw it. I can’t imagine the burden of such leadership; the stress, the second guessing, and the memories you’ll carry until you die.”
"On that same trip I swung through Hannibal, where Tom tricked me into painting a fence."
Image: Letter to Truman from distraught father: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/exhibit_documents/index.php?tldate=1953-00-00&groupid=5118&pagenumber=1&collectionid=korea.
Woman and bicycle, approximately 1900.
Minnesota Historical Society, 57700
The caption under this photo is “a matter of scale and distortion.” I would add “and oh my god I feel like I’m going to puke this is terrifying get off that ledge.”
Let’s see if we can get a million notes.
What’s the 2nd best thing after a roadtrip with friends? Planning the next roadtrip of course. #Galibier #coldegalibier #cycling #cyclingphotos #castellicycling #roadcycling #pixoftheday #picoftheday #tuscany2015 #letua #ciclismo by passioniciclismo
Riders battle through snowdrifts on the Stelvio Pass, Giro d’Italia, 1965.