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Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection, Series 2, Sub-series 1 Charlene Hodges Byrd: Charles R. Byrd 1954

The Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd (1929-2009), an African American teacher from Washington, D.C. The collection also includes material about the Byrd’s relatives the Shimm, Thomas, Cummings, Hodges, and Davage families who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These documents are from the correspondence series of the archive. The letters discuss family life, religion, race, education, and the family’s relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. Included are letters to and from Charlene Hodges Byrd, Ida R. Cummings, the first African American kindergarten teacher in Baltimore; Elizabeth Dews Hodges, Byrd’s stepmother; Sarah A. Shimm, essayist under the name Faith Lichen; her daughters Erminie F. Shimm and Grace E. Shimm Cummings; and Byrd's mother, Joyce Ethel Cummings Hodges. All the women were teachers and active members of their communities. Help us transcribe these documents that highlight women’s personal lives and their careers.

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Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection, Series 2, Sub-series 1 Charlene Hodges Byrd: Letters from Charles R. Byrd 1957

The Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd (1929-2009), an African American teacher from Washington, D.C. The collection also includes material about the Byrd’s relatives the Shimm, Thomas, Cummings, Hodges, and Davage families who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These documents are from the correspondence series of the archive. The letters discuss family life, religion, race, education, and the family’s relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. Included are letters to and from Charlene Hodges Byrd, Ida R. Cummings, the first African American kindergarten teacher in Baltimore; Elizabeth Dews Hodges, Byrd’s stepmother; Sarah A. Shimm, essayist under the name Faith Lichen; her daughters Erminie F. Shimm and Grace E. Shimm Cummings; and Byrd's mother, Joyce Ethel Cummings Hodges. All the women were teachers and active members of their communities. Help us transcribe these documents that highlight women’s personal lives and their careers.

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Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection, Series 2, Sub-series 1 Charlene Hodges Byrd: Charles R. Byrd 1956

The Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd (1929-2009), an African American teacher from Washington, D.C. The collection also includes material about the Byrd’s relatives the Shimm, Thomas, Cummings, Hodges, and Davage families who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These documents are from the correspondence series of the archive. The letters discuss family life, religion, race, education, and the family’s relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. Included are letters to and from Charlene Hodges Byrd, Ida R. Cummings, the first African American kindergarten teacher in Baltimore; Elizabeth Dews Hodges, Byrd’s stepmother; Sarah A. Shimm, essayist under the name Faith Lichen; her daughters Erminie F. Shimm and Grace E. Shimm Cummings; and Byrd's mother, Joyce Ethel Cummings Hodges. All the women were teachers and active members of their communities. Help us transcribe these documents that highlight women’s personal lives and their careers.

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Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection, Series 2, Sub-series 1 Charlene Hodges Byrd: Charles R. Byrd 1955

The Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd (1929-2009), an African American teacher from Washington, D.C. The collection also includes material about the Byrd’s relatives the Shimm, Thomas, Cummings, Hodges, and Davage families who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These documents are from the correspondence series of the archive. The letters discuss family life, religion, race, education, and the family’s relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. Included are letters to and from Charlene Hodges Byrd, Ida R. Cummings, the first African American kindergarten teacher in Baltimore; Elizabeth Dews Hodges, Byrd’s stepmother; Sarah A. Shimm, essayist under the name Faith Lichen; her daughters Erminie F. Shimm and Grace E. Shimm Cummings; and Byrd's mother, Joyce Ethel Cummings Hodges. All the women were teachers and active members of their communities. Help us transcribe these documents that highlight women’s personal lives and their careers.

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Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection, Series 2, Sub-series 1 Charlene Hodges Byrd: Charles R. Byrd, c. 1954-c.1957

The Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd (1929-2009), an African American teacher from Washington, D.C. The collection also includes material about the Byrd’s relatives the Shimm, Thomas, Cummings, Hodges, and Davage families who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These documents are from the correspondence series of the archive. The letters discuss family life, religion, race, education, and the family’s relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. Included are letters to and from Charlene Hodges Byrd, Ida R. Cummings, the first African American kindergarten teacher in Baltimore; Elizabeth Dews Hodges, Byrd’s stepmother; Sarah A. Shimm, essayist under the name Faith Lichen; her daughters Erminie F. Shimm and Grace E. Shimm Cummings; and Byrd's mother, Joyce Ethel Cummings Hodges. All the women were teachers and active members of their communities. Help us transcribe these documents that highlight women’s personal lives and their careers.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 7: The Daily Oklahoman "Prometheus in Schools"...

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 8: The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter Presidential Honoree 2007...

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 7: The New York Times "Renewed Hope for Black Architects" By Eve M. Kahn

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 7: Palisadian-Post "An Architectural Pioneer" By Alyson Sena

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 7: The Cincinnati Enquirer "School is lesson in dedication: Collins founders..."

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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