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Dear Ms. Otto,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Lists of Plays, 1936-1938 for the Federal Theatre Project in the Records of the Works Projects Administration (WPA) (Record Group 69) that includes the file Carry Nation by (Frank McGrath), Los Angeles. This file has not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to these and similar records.
Next, we located the series "Happy Days" Newspapers, 5/20/1933 - 10/26/1940 in the Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) (Record Group 35) that includes 2 references to Carrie Nation. We also located the series National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) that includes 25 references to Carrie Nation and 12 references to Carry Nation which may be useful in identifying locations where she gave speeches. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.
You may use the Catalog to explore other records related to Carrie Nation or Carry Nation. Many of these records have been digitized and can be viewed in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog description with questions about those specific records.
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In addition, the Library of Congress has several resources related to Carrie Nation on their website that may be useful, including their Hidden History, Carrie Nation, Radio Research Project Manuscript Collection, their Chronicling America Research Guide for Carrie Nation, and their Wise Guide: Carry Nation...First Mother Against Drunk Driving. We suggest that you contact them directly for information about these and other records.
Finally, many historical societies, universities, museums, and similar organizations have collections related to Carrie Nation. Some examples include the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and the Brooklyn Museum. We suggest that you contact organizations like these for further assistance.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Dear Rachael Salyer ,
Thank you so much for your help in finding all of this! I'm still going through some of the links and they have been very helpful so far. I wish there was a way to hear her voice when she spoke or sang, but it's clear she was quite a tall and intimidating person, so I'm guessing she had a voice to match! Again, thank you for finding all of this, and have a good rest of your day!
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I have the original temperance sheet music book. Write back if still interested.
Hello Tracey Millman!
Yes, I am definitely interested in seeing the book - Temperance sheet music can be hard to find. What is the best way to contact you? Looking forward to hearing from you, have a nice weekend!
Have you checked Internet Archive? It has a lot of old recordings of public domain songs.
To search the audio collections, use the searchbox on the left on the link below. (I did a search for "Carrie Nation" and another for "temperence".)
A few songs that may be of interest:
Carrie Nation in Kansas by Steve Porter (1901)
Temperence is Coming by Arthur Fields and Trio
Also check the text collection for Carrie Nation.
Hello Grace Yuhasz!
Thank you for sending these links, I really appreciate it and those are some really fun songs! Carrie Nation's is not really singing on the first song (it's a satire piece), but it was great window into how people viewed her at the turn of the 20th Century. I loved hearing "Temperance is Coming", and I think it would be a wonderful addition to my Prohibition concert program. Now off to find the sheet music!
Again, thank you for your help and thoughts, and have a nice rest of your day!