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Maidenform Collection, 1922-1997

A thriving brassiere company created in 1922, Maidenform Inc. offered a new type of undergarment for women that enhanced, rather than downplayed, a woman's natural figure. Maidenform advertising campaigns were enormously successful, and generated controversy as well as praise. The now famous "I Dreamed" campaign was launched in 1949; this campaign ran for 20 years, making it one of the longest running campaigns in the history of advertising. The advertisements featured models in everyday or fantastic situations, elaborately costumed but wearing only a Maidenform bra above the waist. This campaign was followed by the "Maidenform Woman" campaign which was credited with boosting sales by 200 percent in some stores. Company records, including advertisements and reports, reveal information about the history of the brassiere industry and female-centered marketing campaigns. Help transcribe this material as part of the Smithsonian's #BecauseOfHerStory campaign to share and celebrate the diverse stories of American girlhood. Coordination of this and other girlhood history projects in the Transcription Center (including selection, digitization, cataloging, outreach, and educational resources) was funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. Click here to learn more.

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Manila Davis Talley Scrapbook

Manila Davis Talley (1898-1973) soloed in October 1929 and received her pilot's license in April of 1930. She joined Curtis-Wright Corporation as a saleswoman in late 1929 or early 1930. Talley joined the 99s (international association of female pilots) in 1930 and was a founding member of Betsy Ross Corps, a private 1930s female auxiliary/reserve for the Army Air Corps. Talley was the third woman to go through Air Force War College, in December 1966.

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Margaret S. Collins - Combat data, Suriname, notes, 1982

It is an insect-eat-insect world, as you will discover in this Margaret Collins field book. Dive into the combat tactics of termites and other critters that live underneath our feet and in the hidden folds of the Earth. Which insects are more aggressive, and which ones prefer the comfort of their won nests versus fighting? Join our #volunpeers in transcribing this field book and find out. You can share in the body of knowledge Collins worked to create and learn more about what others are working on at #DiscoverTCWomen.

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Margaret S. Collins - Peru and Guyana, notes, 1985

The first African American woman in her field of entomology, Margaret S. Collins was focused on termites. Getting out to do extensive field research was essential to her work, which included discovering a new species, the Florida dampwood termite Neotermes luykxi. The notes in this journal are terse but reveal what she thought was important to remember both for her research and for the daily activities of the expdeition. Join our #volunpeers in transcribing this field book and share in the body of knowledge Collins worked to create. Learn more about what others are working on at #DiscoverTCWomen.

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Martha Deane WOR Radio Program, 1957, Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield Collection,

This radio interview with Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield was conducted by Martha Deane in 1957, and includes discussions of Chickering and Porterfield's travels, filmmaking, & personal experiences. Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.

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Martha Graham

Martha Graham letter to Nickolas Muray

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Mary Agnes Chase - Correspondence from Brazil Trip, 1929

In 1929 and 1930, while the United States was going through a dramatic change in its economy, botanist Mary Agnes Chase was working in Brazil. Corresponding with Albert Spear Hitchcock, Chase's letters discuss her collecting efforts and the circumstances surrounding her work at various sites, from the specimens she sent to the USDA to the everyday details of living in a foreign country. She details two major collecting trips in the country: Serra da Mar, Caparaó and the vicinity of Campo Grande plus collecting at other sites. Join us in transcribing this correspondence and learn more about her work in the late 1920's.

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Mary Agnes Chase - Europe 1922

How did post-World War I reconstruction affect the work of European botanists? Botanist Mary Agnes Chase recorded her thoughts on that and more during her trip to western Europe in 1922. Traveling for the United States Department of Agriculture, her main task was collecting and exchange materials and specimens for the United States Department of Agriculture. This chronological, typewritten journal describes her experiences, observations and reflections as she traveled to herbariums across western Europe. Details include her thoughts about the sea voyage and later train travel, people she encountered and colleagues, the state of the herbariums she visited, the lingering aftermath of World War I; and opinions on Prohibition and Woodrow Wilson. Join us in transcribing this journal and discover her unique and thoughtful perspective on life in the early 1920's.

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Mary Agnes Chase - Letters to A. S. Hitchcock, 1930

Collecting botanical specimens in Brazil, Mary Agnes Chase continues her correspondence with Albert Spear Hitchcock about her efforts to collect specimens in Brazil in 1930. She discusses specimens collected and their environs; drying specimens; accommodations; expenses; challenges of reaching collecting sites; and colleagues and friends. During this time, she collected specimens in Cabo Frio, São Paulo, Uberlândia , Anápolis, Matto Grosso, Araguaya [Araguaia]; and Bolivia. Help us and other digital volunteers transcribe the correspondence of this scientist.

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Mary Agnes Chase - Trips to Brazil, 1925 - 1930

How do you sum up several years of fieldwork in an article or a lecture? Here are the notes, note cards and essays of botanist Mary Agnes Chase relating to lectures she gave about her two major collecting trips to Brazil. in the mid to late 1920's. The first group relates to her 1929 trip to Caparaó from Serro do Mar. The second grouping concerns a talk given four years earlier to the Biological Society about collecting in Brazil. Also included is a document title "Quest for Grasses in Brasil." Help us make this material more accessible to scholars and other researchers through your transcription.

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