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Museum History and Administration

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1949-1954
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Alan R. Solomon papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref172

Museum History and Administration

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1956
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Alan R. Solomon papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref173

Museum History and Administration

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Alan R. Solomon papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref174

Museum History and Administration

Collection Creator:
Solomon, Alan R., 1920-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958-1962
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Alan R. Solomon papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Alan R. Solomon papers, 1907-1970, bulk 1944-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alan R. Solomon papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-soloalan-ref175

The principles of museum administration

Author:
Goode, George Brown  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1897
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_82222

The principles of museum administration / by G. Brown Goode

Author:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896  Search this
Physical description:
73 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1895
1895]
Topic:
Museums--Management  Search this
Call number:
AM121 .G64
AM121.G64
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_146431

Administration Files

Creator:
National Museum of the American Indian, Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1990-2006
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the administration of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) during the tenure of W. Richard West, 1990-2007. Subjects covered include charters pertaining to NMAI, NMAI units, and projects; organizational charts; policies and procedures; and reorganizations. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, organizational charts, and charters.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 11/21/2011 memorandum, Toda to Helms; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Charters  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Museum directors.  Search this
Museums -- Management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-085, National Museum of the American Indian, Office of the Director, Administration Files
Identifier:
Accession 12-085
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Administration Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa12-085

Veterans Administration Hospital

Collection Creator:
Safko, Lon S.  Search this
Container:
Box 30
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1988 May
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Collection Citation:
Safko International, Inc. Records, 1984-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Safko International, Inc. Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0911-ref541

Homer Saint-Gaudens at a meeting with fellow members of the Association of Art Museum Directors

Subject:
Saint-Gaudens, Homer  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1940
Topic:
Museum administrators  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12856
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Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12856
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The Carter Administration's African Policy

Published by:
International Publishers Company, Inc., American  Search this
Written by:
Henry Winston, American, 1911 - 1986  Search this
Subject of:
President Jimmy Carter, American, born 1924  Search this
Communist Party of the United States of America, American, founded 1919  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (23.2 x 19 cm)
Type:
pamphlets
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Africa
Date:
ca. 1978
Topic:
African American  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the family of Dr. Maurice Jackson and Laura Ginsburg
Object number:
2010.55.46
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.55.46
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William deC. Ravenel, Administrative Assistant in charge of the United States National Museum

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ravenel, William deC  Search this
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1920s
Topic:
Museum directors  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Standard number:
18601 or MAH-18601
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10022

William deC. Ravenel, Administrative Assistant in charge of the United States National Museum

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ravenel, William deC  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1920s
Topic:
Administrative Assistant in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Standard number:
21314 or MAH-21314
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10024

Associations, American Association of Museums

Collection Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966, 1968
Scope and Contents:
Oversized material housed in Box 22, folder 1.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-finccoll-ref12

Associations, International Council of Museums

Collection Creator:
Finch College. Museum of Art  Search this
Varian, Elayne H.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-finccoll-ref17

Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Registration Files

Creator:
Allen, Richard  Search this
Hagedorn, Dan  Search this
Names:
Federal Aviation Administration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Allen, Richard  Search this
Hagedorn, Dan  Search this
Extent:
10.8 Cubic Feet ((24 legal document boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Electronic records
Date:
1926-1946
Scope and Contents:
The aircraft registration cards include the following types of information: serial number, model and engine information, license number, who the aircraft was sold to, subsequent history and final deposition of the aircraft.
Biographical / Historical:
The Federal Aviation Administration possesses documents and records relating to aircraft registered in the United States between 1926-1946. NASM wanted a Master Historical Listing of all aircraft registered in the United States, and so an agreement between the FAA and NASM allowed for a contractor, Mr. Richard Allen, to prepare this Master Listing for NASM from FAA records. Allen ended his affiliation with this project circa 1993, when there was no more money for a contractor. However, Dan Hagedorn, Archives Division, has continued the project from where Allen left off. However, instead of transcribing the information from the FAA records to cards, the information is now being entered into a database.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Federal Aviation Administration, gift, XXXX-0512, Public Domain
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Registration and transfer  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0512
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0512

American Relief Administration, European Children's Fund Collection

Creator:
American Relief Administration. European Children's Fund  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Pamphlets
Place:
Austria
Date:
1919 - 1921
Summary:
The collection consists of photographs and printed materials (almost exclusively in German), documenting the relief efforts of the American Relief Administration (A.R.A.), European Children's Fund (E.C.F.) (Mission to Austria), 1920-1921, to feed malnourished children in Europe in the post-World War I era. The photographs, publications and charts in this collection specifically relate to children in Vienna and other Austrian cities.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of photographs and printed materials (all in German), documenting the efforts of the American Relief Administration, European Children's Fund (Mission to Austria), to feed malnourished children in Europe in the post-World War I era. The photographs, publications and charts in this collection specifically relate to children in Vienna and other Austrian cities.

Series 1, Photographs, 1920-1921, consists of black and white copy prints documenting children being fed or playing, kitchen scenes, and dormitory scenes throughout Austria. There are two images depicting the Pedilisi score for two unidentified boys. Some of the prints are captioned.

Series 2, Printed Materials and Charts, 1919-1921, includes writings by Clemens Peter Freiherr von Pirquet (1874--929) an Austrian scientist and pediatrician best known for his contributions to the fields of bacteriology and immunology. Pirquet worked with the American Relief Administration, European Children's Fund in Austria and developed the Pedilisi method of determining a child's level of malnourishment.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1, Photographs, 1920-1921

Series 2, Printed Materials and Charts, 1919-1921
Biographical / Historical:
The American Relief Administration (A.R.A.) was formed by the United States Congress in 1919 as a relief mission to Europe after World War I. Herbert Hoover, future president of the United States, was the program director. A humanitarian organization, A.R.A. was tasked with alleviating the suffering of European children in the years after World War I.

In 1919, a special Children's Relief Bureau was organized within the A.R.A. Many European children being cared for were orphans, and many had suffered malnourishment during the war. Hoover insisted that aid be provided to them. Although the new A.R.A. European Children's Fund (E.C.F) was an outgrowth of the A.R.A. which acted as an agent of the United States government, the European Children's Fund was a private volunteer organization for the promotion of charitable causes. While the E.C.F. did not have a formal charter, the food supplies were donated from the Congressional appropriation and the president's National Security and Defense Fund. The E.C.F. operated for five years, from 1919 to 1924. It was headquartered in New York City with a branch office in London and began operations in August, 1919. Field missions were located in Finland, Estonia, northwest Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia. The E.C.F. relied heavily upon the assistance and cooperation of other organizations such as the European Relief Council, Red Cross, American Friends Service Committee, and the Y.M.C.A. A system of central and regional warehouses was maintained . Children needing aid met the following requirements: registration through a school, investigation by a local committee, and a physical examination by a local physician. All feeding of children was done in special kitchens setup at institutions, orphanages, or hospitals. In most countries a noonday meal was served and every child was issued a card which was punched for each meal received.

Child-feeding programs in Austria began on May 5, 1919. The method for feeding and selecting children in Austria was developed by Dr. Clemens von Pirquet (1874-1929) of Vienna University Children's Hospital. Pirquent's method was known as the Pelidisi formula which is the ratio between the sitting height and the weight of the child. The Pelidisi norm was expressed as 100, but with children it was 94.5 since they did not carry as much fat. Children with a Pelidisi of 94 were considered underfed and those under 93 were admitted to a feeding center immediately. Examinations of children were repeated at frequent intervals.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University

Register of the American Relief Administration. European Operations Records, 1919-1923
Provenance:
Donated to the United States National Museum by the American Relief Administration, through Mr. Messerole on February 6, 1922.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Children -- Austria  Search this
Humanitarian assistance -- 1920-1930 -- Austria  Search this
Relief and volunteer organizations -- 1920-1930 -- Austria  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1920-1930
Pamphlets
Citation:
American Relief Administration, European Children's Fund Collection, 1919-1921, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1199
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American Relief Administration, European Children's Fund Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1199

U.S. Food Administration Pledges, National Museum Laborers in Smithsonian and Arts and Industries Buildings

Author:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
United States War Food Administration  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Document Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
1917
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2014-05913
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14233

Construction of the Hirshhorn Museum

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
National Archives and Record Administration (NARA)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Architecture
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
December 14,1972
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Construction  Search this
Cranes, derricks, etc  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
New Museums  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-1450 or 85-4824 or SA1295
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_6468

Louisan E. Mamer Rural Electrification Administration Papers

Creator:
Mamer, Stuart M.  Search this
Mamer, Louisan E., 1910-2005  Search this
Names:
Rural Electrification Administration  Search this
Tennessee Valley Authority  Search this
United States. Department of Agriculture  Search this
Extent:
10.1 Cubic feet (31 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Trade catalogs
Cookbooks
Manuals
Scrapbooks
Newsletters
Lecture notes
Articles
Specifications
Publications
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1927-2002
Summary:
The Mamer collection includes a wide range of materials used to teach concepts and the usage of electricity to predominately rural audiences. Mamer kept many of her materials in labeled notebooks; other papers were filed loosely with no apparent order. The collection materials date pre-dominantly from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. There are some materials from the late 1930s. There is only one item from 1927 and one from 1999.
Scope and Contents:
The Mamer collection materials date pre-dominantly from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. There are some materials from the late 1930s. There is only one item from 1927 and one from 1999. Many materials are undated. The collection includes a wide range of materials used to teach concepts and the usage of electricity to predominately rural audiences. Mamer kept many of her materials in labeled notebooks; other papers were filed loosely with no apparent order.

The arrangement is generally by type or purpose of document. Original order and subject headings have been maintained where it is readily apparent. Mamer filed some materials in broad subject categories, for instance L.P. Gas, Lighting and Electric Ranges; are in Series 1, Subseries 1.2. One of Mamer's systems of keeping notes for presentations was to type talking points on paper, and then cut them into strips, and file them in envelopes under broad categories. These may have been used during oral presentations as mnemonic devices or as simple maxims pertaining to the topic being discussed. (In an October 2004 phone interview Mamer could not recall their specific use.) These can be found in Series 1, Subseries 1.1. Many of the documents in this collection were originally printed on highly acidic paper and extreme care is recommended in handling them.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into three series. The arrangement is generally by type or purpose of document. Many materials are undated.

Series 1: Demonstration & Training Materials, 1932-2002

Subseries 1.1: Demonstrator Notes and Resources, 1936-1994

Subseries 1.2: Electrical Appliance and Subject Files, 1932-1952

Subseries 1.3: Cooperative Study Courses, 1938-1953

Subseries 1.4: Adviser Packets and Co-op Shop Paks, circa 1948-1974

Series 2: Publications, 1927-1999

Series 3: Photographs, Filmstrips, Slides and Vu-Graphs, 1943-1952, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Louisan E. Mamer (1910-2005) was born on August 28, 1910 to Louis H. and Anna Mary Elizabeth Mies Mamer. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture with an AB in 1931. Mamer begin her government career with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), moving to the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1935. The REA was one of President Franklin Roosevelt's programs described collectively as the New Deal. The REA's goal was to bring affordable electricity to rural America. Electrification brought prosperity and an elevated standard of living to rural areas, but initially there was a great deal of ignorance about electricity in its applications and uses. Mamer was hired by the REA as a Home Electrification Specialist, or "demonstrator," to educate people in the uses of electricity.

Mamer was based at the REA headquarters in Washington, DC but traveled extensively throughout the Midwest performing demonstrations of electrical appliances, planning and teaching "training schools" for rural electrical co-op advisors, demonstrators, and home economics teachers initially in the states of Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. This traveling show came to be known as the "electric circus." Her first show was in the Maquoketa Valley Rural Electric Co-op near Anamoso, Iowa. Mamer described the process in a 1975 interview: "We would usually move into a town over the weekend. Having made the move and set up the tents [two large circus tents] and gotten ready for the show during the daytime, say, on a Monday, that night we would have the home electrification specialist (which was my job) demonstrate lighting equipment. I believe the next morning we had a laundry equipment demonstration at about 10 a.m., and in the afternoon, we demonstrated small appliances and some kitchen and laundry planning along the way. The last evening, the home electrification specialist conducted a big cooking duel between two local men. That was a highlight of the whole program." [1]

The electric circus was discontinued in 1941, a victim of WWII gas shortages. Mamer continued educating rural America with the Electro-Economy Tour designed to help the war effort. This was also discontinued due to WWII shortages. After the war, Mamer began traveling and demonstrating again while also developing training courses for the REA and REA co-ops nationwide. Through her demonstrations and training materials, Mamer was not only teaching rural America in the uses of electricity but in a lifestyle reflecting the goals of the New Deal - a better life for average Americans. Mamer's largest audiences seem to have been rural housewives but men were included as well, especially in the "cooking duel". Mamer identified with these women and from her notes and interviews she seems to have firmly believed in her mission to better people's lives through electricity.

In a 1948 article for Practical Home Economics magazine, Mamer briefly described her background and work:

My background is rural; locale, southern Illinois. As I grew, 'college' like 'mama's bank account' was always with us, and we worked to get the money for it --selling pecan meats, mowing, raking, doing everything but plowing for the same pay as the hired men. Finally I had almost $1,000, a fashionable suntan, unfashionable broad shoulders and a "harrowing" walk that served me well in getting about at the University of Illinois.

That first year I planned to become a writer, but by my sophomore year I decided that I should learn something to write about. So I spent my last three years and four summers more becoming a home economist and satisfied my craving for writing on The Daily Illini and the Illinois Agriculturist, college sheets of which I was woman's editor.

My background was, as astrologers would put it, propitious to home economics. My mother had already mothered one family of seven brothers, and she operated on a big scale. We butchered; we churned; we canned; we baked bread; we had two acres of garden, fruit, chickens and a milk route. All this-sans electricity, sans running water.

When I started teaching, an all-electric foods laboratory was a rarity, but I got one and was very proud of it. I also got a great deal of experience which came in handy when I left teaching to take a job in Washington writing for NYA.

REA was so new then that home economics hadn't entered the picture, so I went in as a writer. In 1937, after a training period in TVA, REA sent me to Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska as a regional home economist. Except for being lent briefly to WPB I've been in REA ever since.

My secret ambition is to build a modern house; furnish it modern and Chinese; equip it all-electric and with a husband guaranteed not to wander; operate the whole arrangement at enough profit to provide myself with all the secretarial and other help I would like to have to do my job the way I would like to do it and write besides. [2]

Mamer married Arthur C. Hagen (1911-2000), an REA electrical engineer, on March 20, 1954. She devoted her working life to the REA retiring in 1981. Mamer died in Washington, DC in December 2005.

Footnotes

1. "Bringing Light to Rural America," Rural Cooperatives magazine, March 1998.

2. "Methods of Teaching Home Use of Electricity," part 1 by Louisan E. Mamer, Practical Home Economics magazine, April and May 1948.

Sources

"Bringing Light to Rural America," Rural Cooperatives magazine, March 1998. Campbell, Dan, "When the Lights Came On," Rural Cooperatives Magazine, August 2000.

Troppa, Gina M., "The REA Lady --A Shining Example," Illinois Currents, 2002
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Reddy Kilowatt Records (AC0913)
Provenance:
Donated by Louisan E. Mamer to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian in June 2004.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Cookery  Search this
Electric toasters  Search this
Farms  Search this
Electric lighting  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Stoves  Search this
Refrigerators  Search this
Recipes  Search this
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Laundry  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Home economics  Search this
Rural electrification  Search this
Kitchens  Search this
Kitchen appliances  Search this
Genre/Form:
Trade catalogs
Cookbooks
Manuals
Scrapbooks
Newsletters -- 20th century
Lecture notes
Articles
Specifications
Publications
Photographs -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Citation:
Louisan E. Mamer Rural Electrification Administration Papers, 1927-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0862
See more items in:
Louisan E. Mamer Rural Electrification Administration Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0862
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U.S. Food Administration Pledges, Charwomen in Natural History Building

Author:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
United States National Museum  Search this
United States War Food Administration  Search this
Natural History Building  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Document Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
1917
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Women  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2014-05915a
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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