Augusta Clawson

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Augusta H. Clawson (died May 13, 1997) was an American civil servant, and author of Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder, a diary about welding in World War II.

Clawson was a graduate of Vassar. In 1943, she was assigned by the United States Office of Education to work undercover as a welder at the Swan Island shipyard in order to discover the difficulties faced by women workers and the reasons many women welders were leaving the job shortly after completing training.[1] Her book based on her experiences there, Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder, was published in 1944 by Penguin. She retired from government service in 1973.[2]

Clawson gave a collection of items from her time as welder, including her welding helmet, to the Smithsonian Institution.[3]


  1. ^ "The Price of Freedom Object Record Welding Mask". Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Augusta H. Clawson Dies at 93", Washington Post, May 17, 1997.
  3. ^ Steven Lubar, Peter Liebhold (1999). "What Do We Keep". Retrieved 2008-02-03.