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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.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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

Diaries
Prison reformers
Prisons--Europe
Prisons--Massachusetts
Reformatories
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-

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