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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A31

Papers of Beatrice Aitchison, 1943-1956


Articles, research reports, speeches, and press releases re: Beatrice Aitchison's work with the Interstate Commerce Commission.


  • Creation: 1943-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Beatrice Aitchison as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


3 folders

The collection consists of news releases concerning Beatrice Aitchison's appointment to the Post Office, and speeches, articles, and research reports.


The daughter of Clyde and Bertha Williams Aitchison, Beatrice Aitchison was born in Portland, Oregon in 1908. Her mother was a musician and her father was a lawyer and economist who worked with the Interstate Commerce Commission. Aitchison graduated from Goucher College in 1928 and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1931 and 1933 respectively. She earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Oregon in 1937. During the 1930s, Aitchison taught mathematics, statistics, and economics at the University of Richmond, American University, and the University of Oregon; she also worked for the Works Progress Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Interstate Commerce Commission during this time. She taught at American University from 1942 to 1944 and also served as a consultant with the Office of Defense Transportation during World War II. From 1942 to 1951 she worked as a statistician and as an economist for the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1953 she became director of transportation research in the Bureau of Transportation of the Post Office Department, thus becoming the most senior woman employed by the Postal Service. In 1961, she received the United States Civil Service Commission's Federal Woman's Award and in 1965 she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She retired in 1971 and died in 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 56-49

The papers of Beatrice Aitchison were given to the Schlesinger Library by Beatrice Aitchison in 1956.

Processing Information

Processed: 1956

Updated and additional information added: February 2021

By: Susan Earle, with assistance from Summer Unsinn

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Radcliffe College Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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