Mendelsohn, Lillian Marie Flaherty, 1906-1981. Papers of Lillian and William Mendelsohn,
1931-1982 (inclusive), 1931-1940 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A/M537; M-88
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lillian Marie Flaherty Mendelsohn, 1906-1981
Title: Papers of Lillian and William Mendelsohn, 1931-1982 (inclusive), 1931-1940 (bulk)
Quantity: 2 folders
Quantity: 1 folio folder
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Letters from Emma Goldman to one or both Mendelsohns.
Accession numbers: 81-M271, 82-M59
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by William Arthur Mendelsohn in memory of his wife, Lillian Mendelsohn, in November 1981 and March 1982. They
were processed and microfilmed with the support of The Friends of the Schlesinger
Processed: June 1983
By: Bert Hartry
Access. Unrestricted. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-88, reel 6.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lillian and William Mendelsohn 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.
Papers of Lillian and William Mendelsohn, 1931-1982; item description, dates. A/M537,
folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Leon Malmed-Emma Goldman
Papers (MC 332
), the Fannie Dorothy Garfinkle Barret Papers (A/B274
), and the Daniel Malmed Papers (A/M256
This collection consists mainly of letters from Emma Goldman to one or both Mendelsohns.
There are also copies of Emma Goldman's letters to or from others and recollections
of William Mendelsohn about Emma Goldman and Angelica Balabanoff.
- 1. Typescript memorandum by William Mendelsohn, March 15, 1982: recollections of the
Mendelsohns' meeting with Emma Goldman in 1938, reporting Emma Goldman's descriptions
of the situation in Spain, her arrival in England, her discussions with John Reed
about the Russian Revolution, and Angelica Balabanoff; also information about the
Mendelsohns' friendship with Balabanoff and the differing political philosophies of
Balabanoff and Emma Goldman.
- 2. Letters from Emma Goldman to Lillan and William Mendelsohn and others, 1938-1939
- July 19, 1938 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: Mendelsohns' trip to Paris, wants them "to
see a few people for me who will be on our project," postcard
- July 29, 1938 to William Mendelsohn, re: visit of King and Queen to Paris, Arthur
Leonard Ross, Jeanne Levy (William Mendelsohn's sister), Emma Goldman's plans, typed
- September 9, 1938 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: Stella Comyn's illness, people Mendelsohns
should get in touch with in U.S. re: Emma Goldman's American visa, Spain, the situation
of Jews in Austria and Germany, Neville Chamberlain, typed letter, signed
- November 24, 1938 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: Emma Goldman's trip to Spain and her
upcoming trip to Canada, SC's illness, "could [they] compile a list of outstanding
men and women in the scientific professions," typed letter, signed with manuscript
- January 23, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, re: party the Mendelsohns gave
in New York for Emma Goldman's friends, "the appeal of the Spanish scientist," the
Spanish Civil War, arranging Alexander Berkman's and her papers at the International
Institute of Social History, Emma Goldman's report on Spain, typed letter, signed
with manuscript postscript
- January 28, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, re: "the appeal to Scientists,"
the fall of Barcelona, typed letter, signed
- January 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, list of people who should recive appeal
of Spanish scientist (see January 23), carbon copy.
- January 31, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, "hold up" on appeal, events in
Spain "and the callous indifference of the world," postcard.
- February 7, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, do not send appeal, "the harrowing
calamity" in Spain, postcard.
- February 17, 1939 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: Lillian's expected baby; Emma Goldman
quotes at length from her letter to Balabanoff re: Spain, plight of the Spanish refugees;
the threat of war and the American attitude; is to sail for Canada in April, typed
- February 25, 1939 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: recognition of Franco government, typed
letter, signed with manuscript postscript
- May 9, 1939 to Lillian Mendelsohn, re: Emma Goldman's Toronto lectures, Jeanne and
Jay Levy, SC's illness, "reasonably certain I will not be permitted to re-enter the
States," typed letter, signed with manuscript postscript
- May 21, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, re: birth of their daughter, a father's
desire to have his first-born be a son is a "silly primitive idea," Emma Goldman's
United States visa, typed letter, signed
- July 26, 1939 to Lillian and William Mendelsohn, re: their contribution to her birthday
fund, her health and "deep depressions," the Levy's visit, A. Balabanoff, typed letter,
signed & Mariano R. Vazquez, "For the Spanish Libertarian Movement," to Emma Goldman,
June 12, 1939, on the occasion of Emma Goldman's 70th birthday, "we declare you our
spiritual mother," printed.
- September 7, 1938 Emma Goldman to Eugene Lyons, re: praise for his book, Assignment
in Utopia, Russian Revolution, Spanish Civil War, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, A. Balabanoff,
Upton Sinclair attached: title page of Lyon's book, and flyleaf with inscription to
Mendelsohns, October 18, 1938, photocopies
- February 9, 1939 Emma Goldman to John Cowper Powys, re: A. Berkman's and her papers
in Amsterdam, American papers "confiscated by the Federal Authorities...in June 1917,"
Spanish Civil War; general strikes ("only the brave suffragettes have proven the efficacy
of this method"); converting Powys to anarchism
- January/February 1939 Evelyn Scott to Emma Goldman, re: project to get Emma Goldman
a United States visa, war climate in United States and role of newspapers; religion;
- February 9, 1939 Emma Goldman to Evelyn Scott, re: Spain, Mercedes Composada (editor
of Mujeres Libres), "if I eventually go to Canada, it will largely be to run away
from myself," the use of machines, Christianity, the state and dictatorship, Russian
- 3f. Printed material, inscriptions
- 1931 title page of The Second Oldest Profession, by Ben L. Reitman, M.D., 1931, dedication
page (to Emma Goldman), photocopies
- 1938 first page of Estampas de la Revolucion Espanola (19 Julio de 1936), inscribed
by Emma Goldman to L and William Mendelsohn, July 1938, photocopy
- ca.1938 leaflet: "Spain Betrayed by the Politicians...," issued by I.W.M. (International
Workers Movement?), n.d. Emma Goldman mentioned as Representative of "London Refugee
Fund of the I.W.M. Ass."
- 1940 Daily Times, Chicago, May 16, 1940, re: Emma Goldman and her burial in Chicago,
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921
Soviet Union--Politics and government
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939
United States--Politics and government--20th century
Balabanoff, Angelica, 1878-1965
Comyn, Stella, 1886-1961
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
Mendelsohn, William Arthur, 1902-1985
Reed, John, 1887-1920
Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963