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B-18

Friends of Framingham, Inc.. Records of the Friends of Framingham, 1948-1957: 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.: B-18
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Friends of Framingham, Inc.
Title: Records of the Friends of Framingham, 1948-1957
Date(s): 1948-1957
Quantity: 6.67 linear feet (16 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, etc., of Friends of Framingham, Inc., formed in support of Miriam Van Waters and the progressive changes she had implemented as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 143
Received June 1960. Gift of The Friends of the Framingham Reformatory thru Dorothy Kirchwey Brown, (Mrs. LaRue Brown) Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Friends of Framingham, Inc. 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:

Friends of Framingham, Inc. Records, 1948-1957; item description, dates. B-18, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Friends of Framingham, Inc. Additional records (MC 343).

HISTORY

The Friends of Framingham, Inc. (FOF) was formed in 1948 in support of Miriam Van Waters and the progressive methods she had implemented as Superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham with emphasis on rehabilitation of women prisoners rather than on punishment. An attempt was made to remove Van Waters because of alleged irregularities at the reformatory, but she was cleared of all charges. Friends of Framingham then worked on development of rehabilitation methods, public education in penology, and improving the practices of government agencies concerned with the accused or convicted. It established a halfway house in 1964 and a friendly visitors program.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection consists of correspondence about the Van Waters case. There are also publications, state government documents, scrapbooks, and clippings about Van Waters, Friends of Framingham, women at Framingham, and prison conditions in general.
This collection was formerly cataloged at the Schlesinger Library as Friends of Framingham Reformatory Records.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

Correctional institutions--Massachusetts--Framingham
Criminals--Rehabilatation
Female offenders--Massachusetts
Prison administration
Prison reformers
Prisons
Reformatories--Law and legislation--Massachusetts
Women prisoners--Rehabilitation
Brown, Dorothy Kirchwey
Brown, Herman LaRue, 1883-1969
Cross, Claude B., 1893-1969
Dever, Paul Andrew, 1903-1958
Friends of Framingham Reformatory
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-1994
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Reformatory for Women (Sherborn, Mass.)
Van Waters, Miriam

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