Our pals over at Prologue: Pieces of History have “Facial Hair Friday;” here at The Text Message, we give you “Beauty Queen Monday.” The document featured in today’s post is from the January – February 1960 issue of “The Shield,” an employee newsletter published by the International Cooperation Administration (ICA). You can find issues of “The Shield” in RG 469, Records of U .S. Foreign Assistance Agencies, “Newsletters, 11/1951-10/1960,” (ARC ID 2788567).
The newsletters, bulletins, notices, and instructions that are published to keep employees informed within their agencies contain a wealth of information. In many cases, you can learn about agency activities, organizational changes, personnel appointments, and the development of programs and procedures. (On a light-hearted note, you can also find out who was victorious in the annual golf tournie and who was crowned queen at the holiday party!) These types of records may be a helpful tool for your research so be sure to check them out!