Featured Documents of the Month from the National Archives at Boston
Lucy Willey at Women Operated Sawmill at Turkey Pond, New Hampshire, 11/10/1942
War takes away the men, and the women on the Home Front during both WWI and WWII found positions in the labor force that contributed to the strength of our national infrastructure and the war effort. Following the great hurricane of 1938, which raged through New England, the U.S. Forest Service brilliantly set out to salvage the downed timber in the New England states. In forested areas, roads were impassable, and the lumber would prove essential for building and re-building after the Depression and the War. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is Lucy Willey at this women-operated sawmill.
Lucy Willey at Women Operated Sawmill at Turkey Pond, New Hampshire, 11/10/1942; Department of Agriculture. Forest Service. Northeastern Timber Salvage Administration. (1938 - 1941); RG 95 Records of the forest Service; National Archives at Boston; National Archives Identifier: 6883307.