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Loretta Carter Hanes Collection

Identifier: 081

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, notes, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, legal records, and legislative materials related to Loretta Carter Hanes’ work with Reading Is Fundamental and the problem with sewage and water pipe breaks in Washington, D.C.


  • Creation: 1971-1990


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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

DC Public Library holds copyright to this collection. Noncommerical use is permitted. Please contact with questions.

Biographical / Historical

Native Washingtonian Loretta Carter Hanes was an educator, historian, activist, and environmental public health advocate. She graduated from Miner’s Teacher’s College in 1949 and worked as a teacher in D.C. Public Schools for many years. While serving as a member of D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education, she met Margaret McNamara, who founded Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Hanes became a board member and, eventually, the Director of D.C. Reading is Fundamental. She was also a strong proponent of the celebration of D.C. Emancipation Day; in fact, thanks to her research and lobbying, Emancipation Day became an official holiday in the District in 2005. Additionally, Hanes played a significant role in the passing of legislation regarding the maintenance of water and sewer pipes in Washington, D.C. She passed away on August 21, 2016.


0.5 Linear feet

1 Boxes


Processed without series.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection have been with the Library since 1995. While there is no official record, it is assumed that Loretta Carter Hanes donated the collection.

Related Materials

Collection #002: District of Columbia Citizens for Better Public Education (DCCBPE) Collection

Processing Information

Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.

Loretta Carter Hanes Collection
An inventory of Loretta Carter Hanes Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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