This portrait of groundbreaking female cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman, housed in the George C. Marshall Foundation archives, has been selected by the Virginia Association of Museums to compete in their Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program. Between Monday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 20, the public can vote on their favorite artifact at VAM’s website once per day. The winning artifact will be awarded $1000 to go towards its conservation.
Elizebeth Friedman deserves to be a household name, to share the story of the important role women played during WWII and in our nation’s defence. Once conserved, the portrait would be displayed prominently in the reading room of the George C. Marshall Foundation Library and Archives, where it can serve as an inspiration for future generation of women.
This portrait, by the artist Leon Engers, was once owned by Elizebeth Friedman and donated by her son to be included with her collection at the George C. Marshall Foundation.
To vote, click here. The Marshall Foundation staff encourage you to join in and help us keep sharing Elizebeth’s incredible story with the world.