Mildred Walter and the Case of the Whites
Through a grant-funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry National Center sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over two years, ending in 2012. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems being brought to light by NHRPC Project Archivist Holly Rose Larson.
In perusing a collection of papers donated to the museum by Mildred Walter, a teacher of Spanish language, Mexican folk dance, and even the tango, I ran across an interesting, undated pamphlet published by Excelsior, S.C.L. El Caso de los White parlays the story of a couple named Mr. and Mrs. White, who overcome accusations of being communist. I was struck by the style of the drawings and the heavy-handed names of the characters. Briefly using an online translation tool, a quote from the back cover suggested that the supreme duty of citizens is “to protect his country against those who would turn it into a vassal of international communism.”
Wow. Take a look!