Past Exhibits

Vignette of "St. Anthony Comstock, the Village Nuisance" (detail)

Featured Document Display: Vicecapades: 150th Anniversary of the 1873 Comstock Act
Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), a self-appointed guardian of public morality, successfully lobbied Congress for stricter obscenity laws and secured an appointment as a special agent to the United States Postal Service with broad powers to police the mails.

Willa Brown and Lola Albright

Featured Document Display: The Maker of Pilots: Willa B. Brown
Aviator Willa Beatrice Brown (1906–92) achieved numerous “firsts” in her lifetime, many of them earned through her tireless advocacy to integrate aviation programs.

Susan B. Anthonk Arrest Order

Featured Document Display: Courting Confrontation: The Arrest of Susan B. Anthony
On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women were arrested for attempting to vote in Rochester, New York.

HUAC press release listing witnesses, Hollywood Blacklist

Featured Document Display: Remembering the Hollywood 10: Screenwriter Ring Lardner, Jr.
Early in the Cold War, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated allegations of Communist activity in the film industry.

Women's Soccer Team celebrates in 2015

Featured Document Display: The 50th Anniversary of Title IX
The Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act

Mathew Brady photograph of Abraham Lincoln

Featured Document Display: Mathew Brady: A Pioneering Photographer
Credited by many as the father of photojournalism, Mathew Brady is one of the most important photographers in U.S. history.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Jackie Robinson on his right, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention, 1962

Featured Document Display: Jackie Robinson—Freedom Fighter
Jackie Robinson was as fierce and determined about fighting injustice as he was about hitting home runs and stealing bases. 

Obama, his daughters, and Jihad Douglas at turkey pardon ceremony, 2015

Featured Document Display: Thanksgiving: Historical Perspectives
In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the 1621 harvest celebration, explore some lesser-known perspectives of the federal Thanksgiving holiday.

Gone to Blazes Cover (detail)

Featured Document Display: 150 Years Ago: The Great Chicago Fire
The Great Chicago Fire is one of the most famous fires in American history. The conflagration consumed over 17,000 structures, left an estimated 300 people dead, and one-third of the city’s residents homeless.

September 11 Recovery Program, Letter from Tenisha, detail

Featured Document Exhibit: Remembering 9/11
A collection of children's letters that reveal some of the ways that America's youngest citizens reflected and responded to the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.