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Arnold, Mary Ellicott. Papers of Mary Ellicott Arnold, 1908-1958: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Cambridge, Mass.

© 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-122
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Mary Ellicott Arnold
Title: Papers of Mary Ellicott Arnold, 1908-1958
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 4 oversize volumes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, business reports, photographs, etc., of Mary Ellicott Arnold, farmer and advocate of consumer cooperatives.

Acquisition Information:

Accession numbers: 337, 374, 427, 469, 729
Gift of Mary Ellicott Arnold, Ridley Creek Road, Moylan, Pennsylvania. Received 1961-1962, 1964.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Ellicott Arnold as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred citation for publication:

Mary Ellicott Arnold Papers, 1908-1958; item description, dates. A-122, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Mary Ellicott Arnold and her life-long companion and co-worker, Mabel Reed, engaged in a variety of activities including farming, "Civilizing the Indians," and running cafeterias. Miss Arnold's correspondence, reports, etc. document the most important of their interests, those in the field of consumer cooperation, including the building of cooperative housing units for Nova Scotia miners and Newfoundland fishermen and the establishment of consumer cooperatives for the lobster fishermen along the Maine Coast. Mary Ellicott Arnold died at Riddle Memorial Hospital, Middletown Township, Delaware Township, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1968 at 7:00 P.M.


Correspondence, reports, photos, and published articles document Arnold and Reed’s work in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Maine.

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Consumer cooperatives
Cost and standard of living
Fishers--Newfoundland--Homes and haunts
Housing, Cooperative
Indians of North America
Maine--Social conditions
Miners--Nova Scotia--Homes and haunts
Newfoundland--Social conditions
Nova Scotia--Social conditions
Reed, Mabel
Restaurant management
Vinalhaven (Me.)--Social conditions




Published material received with the collection and cataloged separately: