Department of Health Idaho Clerical Association scrapbook is a ‘historical gem’

DHW employee Courtney Meek, left, works with archivist Layce Johnson to scan in the scrapbook in May at the Idaho State Archives.
DHW employee Courtney Meek, left, works with archivist Layce Johnson to scan in the scrapbook in May at the Idaho State Archives.

A dusty old scrapbook long forgotten on a top shelf in an office supply closet at the State Health Lab is now carefully preserved and held at the Idaho State Archives (ISA), a division of the Idaho State Historical Society.

Courtney Meek, a business operations specialist at the Bureau of Laboratories, found the scrapbook twice – once when she was cleaning out some shelves after a new sprinkler system was installed, and then a second time seven years later when she cleaned out a cabinet in anticipation of a move into a different office and a new job.

The second time she found it, she realized what a historical gem she had. Someone had carefully cut and glued newsletters, photos, newspaper articles, and other staffing tidbits and memorabilia about the Department of Health Idaho Clerical Association for three years in the late 1960s. It is DHW’s own little version of “Mad Men.” Continue reading “Department of Health Idaho Clerical Association scrapbook is a ‘historical gem’”