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A collection of documents, records, and items pertaining to Helen B. Lortz’s college education, personal life, and career.

Helen Beatrice Lortz, a Food for Peace Program Officer, was born in 1910 and died in 2009. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College (Pittsburg State University) with a B.S. in Education in 1932. Lortz was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi sorority, staying involved throughout her life. In 1933, Lortz earned a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps where she trained workers to work office jobs, working with the CCC until 1941. She transferred to the Farm Security administration as a secretary and procedure editor and was assigned by the Department of Agriculture in 1945 to the Cabinet Committee on World Food Problems. This job took her all over the world with U.S. aid programs. In 1962, Lortz became a Food for Peace Program Officer for Latin America until her retirement in 1973. After retirement, Lortz continued travelling and wrote accounts of the places she visited.

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Education, Social Movements and Services


Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.4 linear foot

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SpC MS 0218

Lortz, Helen B., collection, 1929-2002

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