What’s Your Story, Adelaide Minogue?

March is Women's History Month! Visit our website for more resources on women's history and to see how the National Archives is celebrating the month. Today's post comes from Alan Walker, an archivist in Textual Processing at Archives II. I am flabbergasted at how popular this photograph has become. These instruments had just been installed in the National Archives … Continue reading What’s Your Story, Adelaide Minogue?

Women’s History in the Archives

March is Women’s History Month! Today’s post comes from Elle Benak in the National Archives History Office. In spring 1976 the National Archives held a ground-breaking conference on women’s history. It highlighted National Archives records that focused on the subject and discussed how women’s history could be studied as part of general history; not just … Continue reading Women’s History in the Archives

Virginia C. Purdy: Fighting for Women’s History

The National Archives History Office is wrapping up its month-long celebration of Women's History. Today’s post comes from Sarah Basilion. Commemoration of Women’s History Month at the National Archives would be incomplete without remembering Virginia C. Purdy, the agency’s one-time specialist in women’s history. Virginia Cardwell was born in Columbia, SC, in 1922. She received … Continue reading Virginia C. Purdy: Fighting for Women’s History

Claudine Weiher: The Fight for Independence

The National Archives History Office continues to celebrate women's history month. Today's post comes from Kirsten Dillon.  Claudine Weiher, former Deputy Archivist, was born Claudine Jackson on November 24, 1941, in Kansas City, MO. Weiher came to the National Archives in 1966, where she certainly left her mark. Weiher was trained as a historian and … Continue reading Claudine Weiher: The Fight for Independence

Dr. Elizabeth B. Drewry: A Leading Lady

The National Archives History Office continues to celebrate Women’s History Month with stories of former employees. Today’s post comes from Kaitlin Errickson. Elizabeth B. Drewry was a key member of the National Archives staff during her many years of service and became a leading woman in the field of archives. Drewry attended George Washington University, where she … Continue reading Dr. Elizabeth B. Drewry: A Leading Lady

Elizabeth Hamer Kegan: Educator and Innovator

The National Archives History Office continues to celebrate Women’s History Month with stories of former employees. Today’s post comes from Kaitlin Errickson. Elizabeth “Betty” Hamer Kegan was an archival pioneer. As a founding member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and lead supporter of the Freedom Train, she sought to make history and archives … Continue reading Elizabeth Hamer Kegan: Educator and Innovator

Acting Archivist Trudy Huskamp Peterson

The National Archives History Office is celebrating Women's History Month by featuring past employees. Today's post comes from Sarah Basilion.  Trudy Huskamp Peterson was appointed Acting Archivist of the United States in March 1993, following the departure of Archivist Don W. Wilson, who left to head the new Bush Presidential Library Center. She was the … Continue reading Acting Archivist Trudy Huskamp Peterson

Ms. Archivist

The National Archives History Office is celebrating Women's History Month by featuring past employees. Today's post comes from Hailey Philbin. “Deutrich’s only disadvantage in this respect lies in her being a woman.” Imagine hearing this and inevitably realizing that your career ambitions would be restricted because of your gender. Mabel Deutrich was given this discriminatory … Continue reading Ms. Archivist

Clio was a woman: Trailblazers at the National Archives

This photo was taken in 1966 in the Auditorium at the National Archives in Washington, DC. It’s the Miss Archives Contest. Yes, that really happened. And no, there was not a Mr. Archives Contest. It is an appropriate commentary on the status of women in the National Archives from its founding in 1934 through the … Continue reading Clio was a woman: Trailblazers at the National Archives

Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper and fearless Federal worker

Today's post comes from Ashley Mattingly, who is an archivist at the National Archives at St. Louis, where she manages the collection of archival civilian personnel records. The most well-known lighthouse keeper in the world was an American woman who was a Federal civil servant. Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper of Rhode Island, saved somewhere … Continue reading Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper and fearless Federal worker