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75-192--81-M133; T-79

Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Additional papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1959-1979: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 75-192--81-M133; T-79
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Clara M. (Clara Mortenson) Beyer
Title: Additional papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1959-1979
Date(s): 1959-1979
Quantity: 8 linear feet (8 cartons) plus 1 audiotape)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the papers (A-159) of Clara M. (Clara Mortenson) Beyer, labor law specialist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 75-192, 78-M182, 78-M174, 81-M42, 81-M133

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: October 1978,October 1979
By: Katherine Kraft and Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Clara Mortenson Beyer is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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:

Clara M. Beyer Additional papers, 1959-1979; item description, dates. 75-192--81-M133, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1911-1965 (A-159).


Labor law specialist Clara Mortenson (Mrs. Otto) Beyer (1892-1990) began her career for the United States government as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board in 1918. She was executive secretary for the District of Columbia Minimum Wage Board from 1919 to 1921. In the Department of Labor she served as economist for the Children's Bureau, 1928-1931, as director of the industrial division, 1931-1934, as associate director, 1934-1957, and from 1957 to 1958 as acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. She then served as advisor in the International Cooperation Administration, 1958-1961, and the Agency for International Development, and in various capacities with the Organization of American States, the International Labour Organisation, and other federal, international, and women's agencies.


Collection includes professional correspondence, reports, speeches, material on foreign trips and conferences, as well as family correspondence and photographs. Printed material concerns her service as consultant on labor and on women in United States foreign aid, as well as her work for the Agency for International Development and for the 1974 Percy amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act. Also one audiotape with song on the occasion of Beyer's 87th birthday, 1979.

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Additional Index Terms

Developing countries--Economic conditions
Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor on the Alliance for Progress
International agencies
Labor--Latin America
Labor laws and legislation
United States--Officials and employees
Women--Developing countries
Women labor union members
Women--Latin America
Women's rights--Congresses
Working class
Working class--Latin America
Working class women
World Conference of the International Women's Year (1975 : Conference Centre of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Edwards, India
Hutchinson, Mary H.
International Labour Organisation
Lee, Percy Maxim, 1906-2002
National Consumers' League
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Organization of American States
Overseas Education Fund
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965
Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997
Raushenbush, Elizabeth Brandeis
United Nations. Commission on the Status of Women
United Nations Development Programme
United States. Agency for International Development
United States. Department of Labor
United States. International Cooperation Administration.