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Who is Frances Mary Albrier?

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Civics +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This is a collection of items belonging to, or about, Frances M. Albrier. Although an important female leader and activist during the mid-20th century, many students may not have heard of Ms. Albrier. Encourage students to act as history detectives, exploring the collection to determine why this woman's belongings are in the collections of the Smithsonian.

Some questions to consider:

  • What are Albrier's main accomplishments? What types of occupations did she have?
  • Based on these, what values do you think were important to her?
  • How does Albrier's life reflect major changes for women during the 20th century? Changes for African-Americans?
  • What do these items tell us about challenges facing African-American women in the mid-century?
  • What remains unknown about Albrier based on this collection? Where else could you go to look for more information?
  • Look at an encyclopedia entry for Ms. Albrier. Are there any events mentioned not covered in this collection? What might be a good item to add in order to better show her life?


tags: activism, civil rights, union, labor, voter registration, 60s, world war II, shipyards, WW2, nursing, Red Cross, National Council of Negro Women, Nigeria, independence, peace, moral rearmament, #BecauseOfHerStory

Photograph of Frances Albrier wearing a hat

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Letter to Frances Albrier from Stokely Carmichael about the Black United Front

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Frances Albrier with Congolese teachers

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Letter to Frances Albrier from Harry S. Truman with envelope

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Frances Albrier and John Shelley

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Frances Albrier teaching first aid

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Memo from Frances Albrier to San Francisco NCNW members

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Frances Albrier gesturing towards a mural of Mary McLeod Bethune

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Document stating the purpose and objectives of the Citizenship Education Project

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Campaign Finds Many Negro Voters Unregistered

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Telegram from NCNW president Vivian Carter Mason to Frances Albrier

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Women In The News: Getting Out Voters Is Their Project

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flyer promoting the Citizenship Education Project

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Woman, Man, and Club of the Year, 1956

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Moral Re-Armament Assembly of Nations attendees

National Museum of African American History and Culture