Elaine M. Kilbourne Scrapbook 2, 1955-1966

About the Project

Award-winning chemistry educator Elaine M. Kilbourne (1923- 2014) compiled several scrapbooks documenting her long and distinguished teaching career. Affectionately called Killer Kilbourne by students for her keen knowledge of chemistry and passion for encouraging excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, Ms. Kilbourne taught chemistry at Anacostia High School in Washington, DC for twenty years. She was the first teacher in Washington, DC to teach on the subject of nuclear energy, and was credited by several former students as having motivated them to pursue scientific careers. Kilbourne also wrote ten science projects which were published by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The American Chemical Society recognized her contribution to the STEM field with numerous awards, including the Second District James Bryant Conan Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.

Elaine M. Kilbourne scrapbooks were disassembled and rehoused in acid-free folders for long-term preservation. Funding for the digitization of Kilbourne scrapbooks and their inclusion into the Transcription Center was provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Help transcribe this project and learn more about this celebrated chemistry teacher.

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Level 1 --- BEGINNER

Content: all typed
Language: English
Format: letters, diaries, flyers, pamphlets, and one-page documents
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required

Level 2

Content: mostly typed, handwritten in print, or otherwise very clearly written/readable
Language: English
Format: memorabilia, advertisements, image captions, telegrams, diaries, letters, notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required


Content: typed and handwritten materials in cursive or print
Language: English
Format: newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, letters/diaries/notes that may include annotations or margin notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: experience reading cursive writing may be useful

Level 4

Content: handwritten materials, primarily in cursive or somewhat difficult to read (predominantly from the 19th and 20th centuries) , audio recordings that are relatively easy to hear/decipher, and scientific materials
Language: English and/or other languages that use Roman script but may require the use of diacritics (French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc.)
Format: audio recordings, letters, diaries, notes and other written materials, projects with templated fields and special instructions
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: some knowledge of non-English Roman-character/script languages and diacritics may be useful, as well as experience reading cursive handwriting. A general knowledge or familiarity with scientific terminology.

Level 5 --- ADVANCED

Content: handwritten materials in cursive (from the 19th century or earlier) or in a non-Roman script language, audio recordings that are difficult to hear or are not in English, specialty materials/projects such as numismatics projects and the Project Phaedra notebooks 
Language: foreign languages that use non-Roman characters (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Greek/Cyrillic, Native American and Indigenous languages, etc.) and English 
Format: audio recordings, columned data/tables, manuscripts, letters, diaries, notes, currency sheets, coins
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: knowledge of a specific language and access to a keyboard with the characters in that language may be required for certain projects. Experience reading cursive handwriting and familiarity with 19th century (or prior) handwriting and conventions/abbreviations may be useful, as well as knowledge of scientific terminology, astrophysics data, or linguistics.

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