Elizabeth B. Drewry, 92, a Washington native who was director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., from 1961 to 1969, died Jan. 5 at her home in Gaithersburg after a stroke.
Dr. Drewry was instrumental in raising money for an Eleanor Roosevelt wing that was completed in 1972, library spokeswoman Lynn Bassanese said. She said Dr. Drewry was the first woman to head a presidential library.
Before joining the library, Dr. Drewry worked 25 years at what was then the National Archives and Records Service under the General Services Administration. She specialized in American history and compiling records of World War I. In 1942, the Government Printing Office published her book, "Historical Units of Agencies of the First World War."
At the archives, her last position was chief of the records retirement branch of the old Office of Records Management, and in the 1950s, she headed the archive's effort to get all federal records under a uniform retention and disposal system.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her a Federal Woman's Award for her records management while at the National Archives.
In the 1950s, she was an adviser to the Thomas A. Edison Foundation on the inventor's papers.
Elizabeth Belle Drewry graduated from Holy Cross High School. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in history from George Washington University and a doctorate in history from Cornell University in 1933.
She worked three years as head of the history department at Penn Hall Junior College in Chambersburg, Pa., before joining the National Archives as a reference supervisor.
Her hobbies included swimming, and after retiring from the Roosevelt library, she worked until the mid-1970s as a director of Camp Robin Hood girls summer camp in Chambersburg.
She moved to Gaithersburg about two decades ago.
She leaves no immediate survivors.