Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980. Papers of Mildred Adams, 1936-1963: 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
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 283
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mildred Adams, 1894-1980
Title: Papers of Mildred Adams, 1936-1963
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, reports, etc., of Mildred Adams, writer, editor, and translator.
Accession number: 75-151
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in June 1974 by Mildred Adams Kenyon.
Processed: May 1979
By: Bert Hartry
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Adams 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.
Mildred Adams Papers, 1936-1963; item description, dates. MC 283, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Mildred Adams Additional
papers, 1934-1980 (81-M49--81-M160)
Mildred Adams (this is the name she uses professionally) was born in Morrison, Illinois.
She studied economics and Spanish at the University of California at Berkeley and
later at Columbia and Yale. Adams is a writer, editor and translator. During World
War II she served in the educational division of the Columbia Broadcasting System.
She has been a reporter, wrote many feature articles for The New York Times, was a correspondent for The Economist of London, and has written many books, including The Right to be People, a history of the struggle for suffrage. She still lives in New York City, where
she first went to visit at the invitation of her aunt, Gertrude Foster Brown. It was
through her aunt's suffrage activities that Adams met Carrie Chapman Catt and herself
became involved in women's rights.
Gertrude Foster Brown, 1868-1956, had studied piano in America and Europe and was
both a performer and lecturer. In 1910 she became active in the suffrage movement
and for the next ten years was a leader of the New York State Woman's Suffrage Association.
Brown worked closely with Carrie Chapman Catt and in 1917, at Catt's request, she
became general manager of the periodical, Woman Citizen (formerly The Woman's Journal). Brown was also in charge of the Woman's Ambulance Corps that the suffragists sent
to France during World War I. After the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, Brown continued
her association with Catt in the League of Women Voters and the National Committee
on the Cause and Cure of War, which, during World War II, became the Women's Action
Committee for Victory and Lasting Peace.
Brown was a member of the first Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund Committee. The Fund
was established in 1947 by the LWV as a living memorial to Catt and had as its aim
"...to spread practical knowledge of how democracy works in a free country, and how
the individual citizen assumes responsibility for government." Lucile W. Hemings was
the first chairman of the Fund and became its first president. In 1961 its name was
changed to the Overseas Education Fund.
This collection contributes information about The Woman's Journal Fund Committee,
which became the Suffrage Archives Committee in 1951, and the Woman's Centennial Congress,
1940. It contains correspondence from Carrie Chapman Catt to Mildred Adams. The remainder
of the collection consists mainly of material concerning the activities of the Carrie
Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, with some correspondence about fund raising.
- 1. Mildred Adams Kenyon papers. Suffrage Archives, 1947-1951, 1958-1963: Mainly correspondence
between Mildred Adams and Edna Lamprey Stantial; also cc. of letters from Mildred
Adams to Anna Lord Strauss and Mrs. Frederick Lee.
- 2. Mildred Adams Kenyon papers. Papers re: Carrie Chapman Catt, 1936-1947: 5 typed letters,
signed (one mimeograph), 1936-1943, including two re: Good Neighbor Peace Conference;
Carrie Chapman Catt's 80th birthday speech, "Then and Now," 1939, printed; Correspondence,
etc. re: Woman's Centennial Congress, 1940; Articles and correspondence re: Carrie
Chapman Catt, 1947.
- 3. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Policy Statement, ca.1950; by-laws, n.d.; brochures,
- 4. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. "The Committee": Minutes, 1948-1949; "Confidential
Information," 1948?; Committee List, 1949.
- 5. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Reports: Overseas Work," with Addenda, 1948; Statement
of Activities," 1948-1949; Fund Raising Committee, 1949; Washington, D.C. office,
1950; Hildegard Brucher, German observer at League of Women Voters 19th Congress,
1950; Nominating Committee, n.d.
- 6. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Progress Report (newsletter), mimeograph, 1948-1951; printed, 1960
- 7. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Budgets and Treasurer's Reports, 1948-1951
- 8. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Visit of German Women, 1948-1949: Correspondence;
biographies of and comments by the German women; newsclipping.
- 9. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Gertrude Foster Brown tea, November 1949
- 10. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Correspondence, 1947-1951: Lucile W. Heming, Gertrude
Foster Brown, Mildred Adams, et al., re: fund-raising and future projects.
- 11. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Miscellaneous, 1948-1951, 1961: Interview concerning
Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund-financed Matera Project, Italy, 1950; Excerpts,
questionnaire answered by Dr. Hannah Rydh, Sweden, president of the International
Alliance of Women, 1950; Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund Notice of Annual Meeting,
1951; Newsclipping, reprints.
- 12. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Overseas Education Fund: Correspondence with Mildred
Adams re: fund raising, 1962-1963, including description of Carrie Chapman Catt's
1920 trip to Cuba.
Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace (1936 : Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Brown, Gertrude Foster, 1867-1956
Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Heming, Lucile W.
League of Women Voters (U.S.). Overseas Education Fund
New York State Woman Suffrage Association
Stantial, Edna Lamprey
Suffrage Archives Committee
Woman's Journal Fund Committee