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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Personal Files, 1928 - 1983 in the Bertha S. Adkins Papers (Collection DDE-1159) that includes a List of Women in the Federal Service from the file unit Women in the Public Service, 1959, 1928 - 1983. The list indicates that Hazel K. Stiebeling was the first woman to receive The President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service (PADFCS) (page 1). The list has been digitized and is available using the Catalog. The list is also available via the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (LP-DDE) website. For more information about this award, please contact LP-DDE via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A photograph of three of the five recipients is available via the Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers that is part of the Special Collections at the National Agricultural Library.
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