Adelaide Hasse Story Map

  • Last Updated: December 31, 1969
  • Published: September 23, 2021

An Adelaide Hasse Story Map is now available. This resource celebrates and commemorates the great achievements of Adelaide Hasse, a foundational figure in the history of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the field of Government information. Her achievements as the creator of a classification system for Federal Government publications and as the first librarian at GPO were the beginnings of an illustrious sixty-year career.

After an incredibly productive two years at GPO from 1895 to 1897, Adelaide made her indelible mark on the collections of the New York Public Library for over two decades. Upon returning to Washington, D.C. in 1918, she dedicated the next 30 years to researching, teaching, and writing about Government documents. She worked for nearly 20 different Federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

The story map incorporates various types of resources, such as photographs, documents, and moving images, to trace Adelaide’s work and residential movements across Washington and its environs. She lived at seven addresses in Washington and resided in Silver Spring, Maryland for the last 20 years of her life.

This resource is intended to honor Adelaide Hasse’s critical contributions to GPO, Government service, and the city where she spent most of her life and GPO has been based since its establishment in 1861.

Find this resource on’s Mission & History page. Please submit your questions and suggestions about the Story Map via askGPO.