Sunday, May 27, 2007

Father's Day Father and young Son

Father with His Young SonTitle: Photograph of a Migrant Father with His Young Son, 06/1972 ARC Identifier: 543866
Local Identifier: 412-DA-1373.

Creator: Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970 - ) ( Most Recent) Type of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials Level of Description: Item from Record Group 412: Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1944 - 2000.

Location: Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: 301-837-3530, FAX: 301-837-3621, EMAIL:, Production Date: 06/1972, Part of: Series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977

Scope & Content Note: Original caption: Migrant father with young son. This man and his family follow the crops north from Texas each year.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted, Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

Variant Control Number(s): Agency-Assigned Identifier: 023/53/001373, Other Identifier: 07354. This is the NARA Internal Exhibit Tracking Number for the Public Vaults exhibit. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-412-DA-1373

Copy 1 Copy Status: Preservation-Reproduction, Storage Facility: National Archives at College Park - Archives II (College Park, MD). Media Media Type: Slide

Copy 2 Copy Status: Reference Storage Facility: National Archives at College Park - Archives II (College Park, MD) Media Media Type: Slide

Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd wanted to celebrate the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910-- June was chosen because it was the month of William Smart’s birth. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. However, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was not issued until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day. Father's Day

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