Past Exhibits

Closeup of Harvey Milk Speech, page 8

Featured Document Display: Harvey Milk Writes to the President
In 1978, Californians voted on Proposition 6, which would have banned gay men and lesbians from teaching or otherwise being employed by California school districts.

Photograph of Air Force service members carrying flag-draped coffin

Featured Document Display: Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen
Memorial Day recognizes and honors the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the Armed Forces.

Photograph of President Truman reviewing the Japanese-American 442nd

Featured Document Display: The Purple Heart Battalion
Composed of 12,000 Japanese American volunteers and dubbed the “Purple Heart Battalion,” the 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most decorated American military unit for its size and length of service.

Frances Perkins

Featured Document Display: Frances Perkins: Champion of Workers' Rights
Frances Perkins was a main architect of the New Deal, securing retirement, disability, and unemployment benefits still in effect today.

President Obama speaking to group of people in White House.

Featured Document Display: 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional in public schools.

Colonists throwing tea into Boston Harbor

Featured Document Display: 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
It wouldn’t be known as the “Boston Tea Party” for another 50 years, but the destruction of the tea in 1773 marked a critical turning point in the brewing American Revolution.

Detail of Monroe Doctrine

Featured Document Display: 200th Anniversary of the Monroe Document
Buried in a routine annual message to Congress in 1823, President James Monroe articulated the landmark foreign policy statement known today as the Monroe Doctrine.

Photograph of famous african american soldiers returning home during World War I

Featured Document Display: Summer of 1948: A Step Forward for Equality for all in the U.S. Armed Forces
On July 26, 1948, President Truman signed Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 ending racial segregation in the federal workforce and in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sketch Map of Rancho San Miguelito (Detail)

Featured Document Display: Diseños: An Impact of Mexican Cession
Diseños are important evidence of the profound impact that the Mexican Cession had on the lives of some Mexicans whose land became part of the United States. 

Anna May Wong Certificate of Identity

Featured Document Display: Celebrating Anna May Wong
Film legend Anna May Wong’s talent could not be contained by the racist casting of early Hollywood movies.