Sophie Lutterlough at a Microscope, 1983

image for Sophie Lutterlough at a Microscope, 1983
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
This image appeared in the July 1983 issue of the Smithsonian "Torch."
Sophie Lutterlough, hired in 1943 as the Smithsonian's first female elevator operator, sits in front of a microscope in the Department of Entomology. After 40 years of service to the National Museum of Natural History, Lutterlough retired in 1983. For 14 years Lutterlough ran the elevators, but moved on to a second career after asking Dr. J. F. Gates Clarke if there were any openings in his department. Clarke hired Lutterlough as an inspect preparator. During the next 26 years in the department, she took college level courses to increase her knowledge of entomology and learned German to help with her work.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder July 1983
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Dougherty, Harold E
Clarke, John Frederick Gates
Lutterlough, Sophie G. 1910-2009
Torch, The (Staff Magazine)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Entomology
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
July 1983
Standard number
Elevator operators
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
African Americans
Physical description
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic Print
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Photographic print
Person, candid