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Museum of American History Acquires Women’s History

The National Museum of American History recently acquired archival materials from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Auxiliary, which tell the story of both women’s history and small business.

Museum of American HistoryThe collection includes organizational records and 27 scrapbooks documenting the organization’s 92-year-old history.

Originally named the Women’s Auxiliary-National Association of Master Plumbers, the group was formed in 1919, just one year before the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote in 1920. The collection, housed in the museum’s Archives Center, includes photographs, charter books for state chapters and committees, financial records, various iterations of the by-laws, verbatim transcripts of annual meetings accompanied by reports from committee chairs and officers as well as ledger books detailing expenditures and income. The materials date from 1919 through 2011.

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