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Sonora Carver Papers, 1927-1994

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Collector:
Carver, Sonora Webster 1904-2003
Subject:
Lighthouse for the Blind
Physical description:
2 cu. ft.: 4 document boxes; 2 flat oversize boxes
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
New Jersey
Atlantic City (N.J.)
Date:
1927
1927-1994
Notes:
Sonora Carver performed as a Diving Horse Girl, one of the first; she lost her sight in 1931 due to a retinal detachment during a dive, but continued to perform until 1942. From 1929 her act was based on Atlantic City, New Jersey's Steel Pier. Disney produced a movie about her life in 1990 titled "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."
Summary:
Materials collected by Sonora Carver relating to her career as a Diving Horse Rider and her work with the Lighthouse for the Blind.
Publications:
Sonora Carver (autobiography), A Girl and Five Brave Horses, 1961
Cite as:
Sonora Carver Papers, 1927-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Steel Pier (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Blind athletes
Horses
Blindness
Diving
Women in horse sports
Horsemen and horsewomen
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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