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No Girdle Can Do it All and Other Grooming Tips for Secretaries

Today’s post is the third in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Don’t miss their posts from day one and day two. Pill box hats, shorter hem lines, black liquid eyeliner, and a flush of color on the lips were all […]

Hello? Hello? How to Answer the Phone in a Few Easy Steps: Secretarial Training of the 1960s

Today’s post is the second in a series marking Administrative Professionals Week and written by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. If you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss yesterday’s post! In the life of the modern secretary, communication is an important part of our daily […]

Flashback! Secretaries of the 1950s and 1960s: Do You Have What it Takes to be One?

This week we’re publishing a series of posts by Ketina Taylor (Archivist) and Jenny Sweeney (Education Specialist) of the National Archives at Fort Worth. Today marks the beginning of Administrative Professionals Week. Since the advent of television and the movies, Americans have come to love secretarial characters from Miss Hathaway in the Beverly Hillbillies to Mrs. Wiggins in […]

On the Waterfront, or, The Smell of Discovery

Today’s post is by College Park processing archivist Alan Walker. True story: Thursday, March 28 was shaping up to be a typical day. I had before me a cart’s worth of boxes full of case files from the Department of Justice that needed to be listed for a spreadsheet of “temporary” files to be disposed. These […]

A personal prologue at the National Archives

The motto of the National Archives is “What is Past Is Prologue.” Recently, while assisting a researcher at Archives II, I ran into my Dad, even though he died several years ago.  A bit of background will help you understand.  My father’s first Government service, like most in his generation, came in the military during […]

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