Featured Records and Online Exhibits
Google Arts & Culture Exhibits by the National Archives at Boston
These exhibits, created by our interns, depict subjects of historical significance to New England through the use of records within our holdings. The exhibits are available on Google Arts & Culture's "U.S. National Archives" page.
Other Exhibits by the National Archives at Boston
PFC Frederick C. Murphy
Frederick Coleman Murphy served his country as a medic during World War II. He was killed in action in Germany in 1945 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The National Archives facility in Waltham, MA, is named the Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center to honor Murphy’s service, heroism, and sacrifice.
The von Trapp Family in Federal Records
Federal immigration and naturalization records provide a glimpse into the experience of the von Trapp family, who were famously depicted in the 1965 Academy Award-winning film, The Sound of Music. In 1938, the von Trapps fled Austria for Italy and, ultimately, the United States. Family patriarch Georg von Trapp, a former corvette captain in the Austro-Hungarian Navy, had opposed Nazi ideology and, following the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria), feared reprisals resulting from his refusal to accept a commission in the German Navy. As a means of sustaining a livelihood during the Great Depression, the von Trapp family began singing performances in 1935, growing in popularity in Austria and elsewhere. The von Trapps eventually settled in Stowe, Vermont, and continued touring as the "Trapp Family Singers," until 1957. On May 26, 1948, Maria von Trapp and her stepdaughters became naturalized U.S. citizens in the U.S. District Court at Burlington, Vermont.