First Female Guard Supervisor at SI

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Ida Jean Chase, Hirshhorn Museum guard, when promoted to Sergeant in the Fall 1980, became the first female guard supervisor in the history of the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Chase, Ida Jean
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Office of Protective Services


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," September 1980, p. 4.

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