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Ada E. Leeke

The Margaret Chase Smith Library is a congressional research library open to qualified scholars.

The collection is arranged into ten categories: articles, audio, books, cartoons, Front Office Notes, photographs, reference, scrapbooks, Statements and Speeches, and Washington and You. The bulk of the collection, approximately 300,000 documents, is contained in more than 90 fireproof file cabinets.

These unique primary sources include correspondence between Senator Smith and leading government officials, as well as constituent correspondence and government reports. Another important resource is the over 500 bound scrapbooks that thoroughly document her career as recorded in newspaper accounts and periodical literature. The scrapbooks also contain the newspaper column, Washington and You, written by Senator Smith between 1941 and 1954 and syndicated nationally from 1949 to 1954.

Other highlights of the collection are 43 bound volumes of Senator Smith's speeches, press releases, and general statements; over 2400 historical photographs of state, national, and world leaders; and over 400 audio and video recordings of interviews, debates, and speeches. Information about the collection is available through an extensive searchable database.

Researchers wishing to study twentieth-century political history and political science at the Margaret Chase Smith Library may apply for an Ada E. Leeke Research Fellowship. Awards range from $300 to $1000. Applications outlining the nature of the research project and need for funding should be sent to the attention of the director. The fellowship was established by Captain Evelyn H. Shaw, USCG, Ret., to honor a woman who possessed a wide range of talents and training. Captain Shaw was a close associate and lifelong friend of Miss Leeke and both were longtime personal friends of Senator Margaret Chase Smith. As members of the library's Advisory Committee, they contributed substantially to the growth of the facility.

To view a guide to the collections, click here (PDF).

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