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Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. Additional papers of John Graham Brooks, 1845-1938: 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.: 84-M38
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938
Title: Additional papers of John Graham Brooks, 1845-1938
Date(s): 1845-1938
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton) plus 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the papers (MC 185) of John Graham Brooks, Unitarian minister, writer, and founder of the National Consumers' League.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 84-M38
These addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library by Susan Morris Brooks in March 1984.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: April 1984
By: Martha Hodes

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by John Graham Brooks 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:

John Graham Brooks Additional papers, 1845-1938; item description, dates. 84-M38, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1805-1938 (MC 185).


Various pamphlets were removed from the collection in March 1984 and deposited in the Harvard University Archives, the Harvard Theatre Collection, the Andover-Harvard Library, Schlesinger Library vertical files, the Cambridge Historical Society, the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the New Hampshire Historical Society.


John Graham Brooks was born in Acworth, New Hampshire, on July 19, 1846; he attended Oberlin College from 1869 to 1871 and graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1875. While ordained and serving as a Unitarian minister in Roxbury, he took an interest in economic affairs, organizing classes for workingmen, later lecturing at Harvard on socialism, and for many years acting as investigator of strikes for the United States Department of Labor. In 1880 he married Mrs. Helen Washburn and from 1882 to 1885 traveled and studied in Europe, mainly in Germany. He was the first president of the National Consumers' League, president of the American Social Science Association in 1904, and a lecturer for the League for Political Education for many years. He died on February 8, 1938.


Correspondence, reviews, pamphlets, articles, notebooks of notes and writings, and photographs of John Graham Brooks. Some correspondence of other notable men and women is also included. Notebooks contain scholarly writings, mostly in the form of notes; clippings, typescript pages, and letters are pasted onto some pages, and the volumes are often started from both ends. They address a variety of subjects including war, criminal justice, immigration, literature, ethics, domestic and international politics, and religion.

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Additional Index Terms

Clergy--United States
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888
Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938
Consumers' League of Massachusetts
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Ely, Robert Erskine, 1861-
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1838-1909
Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne, 1851-1926
National Consumers' League
Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902
Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946
Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864
Quincy, Josiah Phillips, 1829-1910
Rindge, Frederick H.
Taussig, F. W. (Frank William), 1859-1940
Taylor, Graham, 1851-1938
Thayer, Alexander Wheelock, 1817-1897
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947
Wiesman, Margaret, -1953