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Trackwomen, 1943. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company

Series: Women Working In Industry, 1940 - 1945. Record Group 86: Records of the Women’s Bureau, 1892 - 1995

March is Women’s History Month! Women have shaped this country’s history in more ways than we can count. Long before Rosie the Riveter joined the war effort in the 1940s, women earned wages to support themselves and their families. This series of posts celebrates the diversity of women’s labor, ranging from industry to agriculture to folklore and beyond. 

This archival series (Women Working In Industry, 1940 - 1945) contains images depicting women and their contributions to the war effort during World War II. The photographs show women for the first time on a mass scale and from every social and economical background preforming jobs that have been traditionally considered as men’s work. In addition to the clerical and secretarial fields, women are seen working in the aircraft industry, the metal industry, ordnance, the railroad, the shipyards, as well as the military services. There are approximately 94 different occupations shown in this series where women were performing the work.


This month’s Women’s History series comes via Nora Sutton, one of our interns from the Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program. Nora is finishing her Master’s in Public History at West Virginia University this semester.

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Red Cross Workers Parade in New York City, Oct. 4, 1917.

Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952

Wondering about women’s roles during World War I?  Come to our #Answertime at 12pm ET today, October 4th! National Archives World War I expert Mitch Yockelson will be answering your questions for #AskAnArchivist Day.

“IMPERIAL JAPANESE MISSION TO U.S. VIEWS SCENIC WONDERS OF THE YOSEMITE.

This photo shows the members of the Imperial Japanese Mission to U.S. viewing some of the scenic wonders of the continent at Glacier Point on the Yosemite. Aug. 27, 1917.″

File Unit: Commissions - Japan, 1917 - 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952


Uncover more World War I Centennial Resources at the National Archives

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Manzanar Free Press, 8/12/1942

Series: Manzanar Publications, 4/11/1942 - 10/19/1945Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 - 1989

The August 12, 1942 edition of the Manzanar Free Press,  a publication by and for the Japanese-American internees of the Manzanar Relocation Center, in Manzanar, California. 

(View this item in the National Archives Catalog in order to zoom in and read all the text on each of the pages.)


More Resources Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment at the National Archives

Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. “First arrivals at this relocation center are registering for housing. This first contingent consists of over 200 volunteer workers whose task was to prepare and organize the center for the arrival of its subsequent population.” 8/25/1942

Parker, Tom, Photographer .  Series: Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942 - 1945. Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 - 1989

Professional photographers were commissioned by the War Relocation Authority to document the daily life and treatment of Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II.  

Browse nearly 4,000 photos of Japanese American relocation and internment in the Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority in the @usnatarchives online catalog.


More Resources Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment at the National Archives