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A-23; M-59

Hodder, Jessie Donaldson, 1867-1931. Papers of Jessie Donaldson Hodder, 1873-1931: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-23; M-59
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hodder, Jessie Donaldson, 1867-1931
Title: Papers of Jessie Donaldson Hodder, 1873-1931
Date(s): 1873-1931
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 supersize photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, photographs, etc., of prison reformer, Jessie Donaldson Hodder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 57-41
These papers of Jessie Donaldson Hodder were given to the Schlesinger Library in April 1957 by her son, Alan Hodder.

Processing Information:

Processed:July 1986
The inventory was rewritten in July 1986 by Susan J. von Salis, but the papers were not rearranged.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted, except for folder 19, which is closed.

Preferred Citation:

Jessie Donaldson Hodder Papers, 1873-1931; item description, dates. A-23, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Jessie Donaldson Hodder, penologist, was a matron at the State Industrial School for Girls at Lancaster, Massachusetts (1906-1908), an associate of Dr. Richard Cabot in social service work in Boston (1908-1910), and Superintendent of the Massachusetts Prison and Reformatory for Women at Sherborn (1911-1931). For additional biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950.


The papers consist in large part of Hodder's correspondence with her son, Alan, and with Elizabeth Glendower Evans. Much of the professional correspondence concerns prisons and prison reform; some pertains to professional conferences and to Hodder's health. There are also papers of Elizabeth Glendower Evans that were found with Hodder's papers. These consist mainly of correspondence, a diary, and letters, etc. for her 70th birthday. The correspondence refers to Evans' sentiments against war (specifically World War I) and conscription, and to the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

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Additional Index Terms

Prison reformers
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
Social service
Brandeis, Alice Goldmark, 1866-1945
Burleigh, Edith N.
Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
Evans, Elizabeth Glendower Gardiner, 1856-1937
Glasier, Katharine Bruce
Hodder, Alan
James, Alice Howe Gibbens
Massachusetts Reformatory for Women (Sherborn, Mass.)
Spaulding, Edith R. (Edith Rogers) 1881-