This is a letter written on 3 April 1964 from 15-year old Janelle Blackwell to the U.S. Department of Labour. She is worried about media reports that the Beatles would not be allowed entry into the United States.
It’s a cute letter illustrating Beatlemania!
Here’s the historical context from the National Archives website:
“In 1964, the Department of Labor, in an effort to protect American jobs, instituted restrictions to make it harder for foreign musicians to enter the country. The press reported that these new requirements would prevent the Beatles from performing in the U.S. Hundreds of distraught teenagers deluged President Johnson and Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz with letters and petitions like this one.”
The handwriting is pretty legible on this letter – read through it and tell me what your favourite part is!