Artifact Detective - July 2011

With the sheer volume of artifacts that have been acquired by the National Law Enforcement Museum—more than 15,000 to date—we can’t always devote as much time to researching individual objects as we would like. We are calling on you to help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. We will post pictures and any information we have on specific objects in our collection on our website, on our blog, and in our newsletter. We would like you to tell us anything you may know about the item. All information is welcome; sources and citations are requested when possible.

Please email:


2011.12.6 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.
Office Supply: RITE-LINE Paper holder

What we know:

  • This item belonged to Rita Trombly Manning when she worked for the FBI from the 1940s to 1970s.

  • We know Ms. Trombly worked as a stenographer, someone who takes notes in shorthand, in various departments, including the Records and Communications Division and the Crime Records Division.

  • A note included with the object says, “Device allows you to insert an already typed paper and add another line to it.”

What we want to know:

  • What is the primary purpose of this device?

  • How does this object work with a piece of paper?

  • What year was this item made and in what years was it used?

  • Was this an everyday office supply?

  • Was this a common office supply for law enforcement offices?

July 2011—Insider
Volume 3 Issue 5

Clint Eastwood takes on new role as Honorary Chairman for Memorial and Museum

Witness to History: The Shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald

Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum:
To Serve and Protect

Artifact Detective: July 2011

Meet Marion Ramey, Member of the Museum’s Advisory Council

Download entire newsletter
View all newsletters


901 E Street, NW, Suite 100 | Washington, DC 20004-2025 | phone 202.737.3400 | fax 202.737.3405 |