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."
Materials collected by Sonora Carver relating to her career as a Diving Horse Rider and her work with the Lighthouse for the Blind.
Sonora Carver (autobiography), A Girl and Five Brave Horses, 1961
Sonora Carver Papers, 1927-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History