Memorandum for Mr. William deC. Ravenel

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Memo by Acting Secretary R. Rathbun to Mr. Ravenel with regard to food conservation asking division heads to advise the Chief Clerk, Harry W. Dorsey, on the number of individuals who have pledged to conserve food; and followed by a copy of a letter from future President Herbert Hoover, head of the United States Department of Food Administration, requesting that Smithsonian staff pledge to conserve food and follow principles promoted by the United States War Food Administration. There is a handwritten note from William deC. Ravenel in top left hand corner.


  • Ravenel, William deC
  • Hoover, Herbert 1874-1964
  • Dorsey, Harry W 1874-1960
  • United States National Museum
  • United States War Food Administration


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The U.S. Food Administration was formed in 1917 to administer America's food reserves during World War I. Headed by future President Herbert Hoover, the Food Administration asked the American public to conserve food as well as grow their own vegetables, etc.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 45, Box 67, Folder: 10

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • July 14, 1917
  • 20th century

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  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Wartime Activities
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Acting Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Paper
  • Letters (correspondence)

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Letters Medium: Paper

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