According to some accounts, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began with four women and two men working in the basement of the Treasury building. The hard work, devotion, artistry, and ingenuity of BEP personnel were crucial to its successful development as the Government's security printer. And, women and minority employees have always been essential to the success of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. From its very beginnings, women and minorities made up a significant part of the BEP's workforce, working in production and taking on leadership positions.
For further information on this topic, specific questions may be addressed to the Historical Resource Center.
HRC / BEP Papers
9-11 History Project Script
A script to a video produced at the HRC/BEP on the BEP experience of September 11, 2001.
A Brief History of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police Force
A short history of the BEP police.
"And the Band Played Onů," BEP Communicator, September 1994
Briefly looks at employee public service during World War I.
"The Bureau's Civil War Spy," BEP Communicator, Nov/Dec 2002
A short paper on Rebecca Wright McPherson, a Union spy later employed at the BEP.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the early years of women's Employment, 1862-1920
A paper outlining women's experiences at the BEP.
"Currency Cops: Celebrating 140 Years of the BEP Police," BEP Communicator, May 2004
Notes the anniversary of the BEP police.
"Currency Standards Discovers Cold-War Era Rations in Storage," BEP Communicator, March 1995
Reports on the finding of a cache of emergency supplies from 1962.
"Frederick C. Pauling: Bureau Etcher," BEP Communicator, April 2004
A brief article on the life and work of Pauling.
"Happy Holidays!," BEP Communicator, December 1994
A short photographic essay on the Christmas celebrations of the 1940s and 1950s.
"Heroic but Tragic End of a Bureau Engraver," BEP Communicator, October 2004
A brief article on the life and work of Arthur Wasserbach.
"Historical Highlights of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police," BEP Communicator, April 2003
A short timeline of police history.
The Impact of the 1913 Federal Mandate for Segregation in the Workplace on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
A brief look at the early BEP's attempts to maintain a diverse workforce.
"Lunch with BEP Alumni," BEP Communicator, September 2002
Recounts the existence of the BEP Alumni group made up of former employees.
"Santas from Christmas Past. Or, Who's That Man in the Red Suit?," BEP Communicator, December 2006
Photographs of Christmas celebrations from the 1970s.
"Willis Richardson: Noted African-American Playwright was Long-Time BEP Employee," BEP Communicator, June 2004
A look at the playwright's "day job" at the BEP.
Women at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Looks at the early years of women's employment at the BEP.
"Working Together Towards Success: Women and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing," BEP Communicator, October 2006
A short article on women employees of the BEP and their contributions.
You Can't Take it With You: Theft at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Looks at the limited but sensational history of thievery inside the BEP.
HRC / BEP Books & Articles
History of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 1862-1962 (Washington, DC: Treasury Department, 1962)
A full-length official history of the BEP.