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MC 185

Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1805-1938 (inclusive), 1900-1938 (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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 185
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: Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1805-1938 (inclusive), 1900-1938 (bulk)
Date(s): 1805-1938
Date(s): 1900-1938
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, scrapbooks, reviews, etc., of John Graham Brooks, Unitarian minister, writer, and founder of the National Consumers' League.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 71-64, 73-102
The papers of John Graham Brooks were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in May 1971 by Judge and Mrs. Lawrence G. Brooks.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1973
By: Eva Moseley

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 Papers, 1805-1938 (inclusive); item description, dates. MC 185, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; John Graham Brooks Additional papers, 1845-1938 (84-M38).


The following items have been removed from the collection:


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 U.S. 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.


All but the first (Compulsory Insurance in Germany, 1893) of Brooks' six books on social and economic questions are represented in this collection by leaflets, reviews and correspondence. In addition to two early drafts of sermons, some pamphlets, newsclippings, family correspondence, and scrapbooks containing notes, letters and clippings, there are letters from many notable writers, scholars, statesmen, diplomats, businessmen, educators, and others. There is also a group of papers, mainly correspondence, of Grace Norton.
Aside from the light it sheds on economic and labor questions, social thought, and reform from the 1880s through the 1930s, this collection illuminates the history of women with its material on the Consumers' League and its letters from outstanding women, notably Jane Addams, Alice Stone Blackwell, Ednah Dow Cheney, Ada Louise Comstock, Florence Kelley and Lillian Wald.


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Clergy--United States
Strikes and lockouts
Working class
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Anderson, George Weston, 1861-1938
Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
Briggs, Le Baron Russell, 1855-1934
Brooks, Helen Lawrence Appleton, 1846-1938
Bryce, James Bryce, Viscount, 1838-1922
Cabot, Elizabeth Dwight, 1830-1901
Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
Cheney, Ednah Dow Littlehale, 1824-1904
Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
Comstock, Ada Louise
Consumers' League of Massachusetts
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Ely, Robert Erskine, 1861-
Fosdick, Harry Emerson, 1878-1969
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
Goldmark, Josephine Clara, 1877-1950
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
James, William, 1842-1910
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, 1874-1950
League for Political Education (U.S.)
Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
MacDonald, James Ramsay, 1866-1937
Mead, Lucia True Ames, 1856-1936
National Consumers' League
Norton, Grace, 1834-1926
Peabody, Francis Greenwood, 1847-1936
Peabody, George Foster, 1852-1938
Plunkett, Horace Curzon, Sir, 1854-1932
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937
Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906
Scudder, Vida Dutton, 1861-1954
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936
Taylor, Graham, 1851-1938
United States. Department of Labor
Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949
Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946