Elizabeth Peet McIntosh
Photograph of Elizabeth Peet McIntosh, courtesy of Elizabeth P. McIntosh and Linda McCarthy.
Elizabeth Peet McIntosh in China during World War II, courtesy of Elizabeth P. McIntosh and Linda McCarthy.
The Library of Virginia honored Elizabeth Peet McIntosh as one of its Virginia Women in History in 2012.
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Backstory and Context
After the war McIntosh wrote a memoir of her OSS experiences, published in 1947 as Undercover Girl. She also wrote two children’s books, Inki (1957) and Palace under the Sea (1959). McIntosh continued in public service and worked on assignments for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Voice of America, the State Department, and the United Nations. In 1958 she joined the Central Intelligence Agency, successor to the OSS, where she worked until her retirement in 1973. Her book Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS (1998) describes the adventures of the brave women who served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.