35+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curry

Research Associate; Public Service Coordinator
Archive collections; public liaison

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curry, Public Service Coordinator and Research Associate, assists researchers, students and scholars who come from around the world to use the Archive's collections. She responds to mail, email and telephone inquiries and coordinates with staff analysts to make the Archive's collections available to the public. Her FOIA projects include requesting documents on the 1961 death of Dag Hammarskjold, and human rights issues in Burma / Myanmar after 1988, and she contributes to the Archive's blog, Unredacted. Business history and biography are long-time special interests. Her book Creating an American Institution: The Merchandising Genius of J.C. Penney, was published by Garland, Inc. (New York & London) in 1993 and 1997; she plans a new book about the company's most successful executives. Her articles on business and biographical subjects appear in The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995), The Encyclopedia of World Biography (1985-1990) and The American National Biography (1999). She received a B.A. in History from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from The American University, Washington, D.C.