Koshland, Lucile Heming. Papers of Lucile Heming Koshland, 1947-1974: 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.: 75-38--76-46
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lucile Heming Koshland
Title: Papers of Lucile Heming Koshland, 1947-1974
Quantity: 2 linear feet (2 cartons)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Records of Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial/Overseas Education Fund include correspondence,
history, clippings, etc., of Lucile Heming Koshland, political and civic volunteer.
Accession numbers: 75-38, 76-46
The papers of Lucile Wolf Heming Koshland were given to the Schlesinger Library by
Lucile Heming Koshland in February 1975, and by Mrs. John Cunningham in February l976.
Preliminary inventory: December 1986
By: Lucy Thoma
Access. Collection is open for research.
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Lucile Heming Koshland Papers, 1947-1974; item description, dates. 75-38--76-46, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Lucile Wolf Heming Koshland, political and civic volunteer, was born in New York City
in 1898. She attended private schools in New York and spent a year at Vassar College
before entering Barnard College, from which she graduated in 1919. She married Charles
E. Heming, who died in 1929. In 1959 she married Daniel Koshland, Sr., former president
of Levi-Strauss, and moved to California, where she lived until her death in 1978.
Koshland was president of the League of Women Voters of New York State; she was also
the first president (1947-1953) of the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund (later the
Overseas Education Fund), member of its Board of Directors, and trustee until 1966.
The Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, a research and educational fund, was established
in 1947 by the League of Women Voters of the United States in memory of the League's
founder, Carrie Chapman Catt. At the close of World War II, the League received numerous
requests from the State Department suggesting that it sponsor programs to promote
the application of democratic principles and civic education among women abroad. Because
the League had neither the financial nor professional resources to meet these requests,
it created the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund as a financially and legally independent
organization, "to impart to men and women in all parts of the world a knowledge of
the principles and workings of self-government." It sponsored visits to the United
States by foreign women, organized exchange programs, and fostered literacy programs
abroad. A publications fund was established with the sale of a sapphire brooch given
to Carrie Chapman Catt in gratitude for her work in gaining passage of the Nineteenth
Amendment. Publications included German and Japanese translations of Simplified Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, bulletins, progress reports, and pamphlets on voter education. Always a "two-way
street," the exchanges also benefitted American members who learned a great deal from
the interaction with countries abroad.
With the expansion of the program, the name was changed to the Overseas Education
Fund, although it maintained the structure and functions of the Carrie Chapman Catt
This collection of Lucile Heming Koshland's Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas
Education Fund records consists of two series, arranged in Koshland's original order.
I. Organizational records, 2-30. Correspondence, history, clippings, reports of officers,
minutes, and publications; includes records of Freedom Agenda, a program to develop
the community study of civil liberties that resulted in charges of "un-American activities."
II. Overseas projects, 31-63. Correspondence and reports of American and foreign participants
in projects to foster democratic movements and citizen involvement. Includes reports
of visits and exchanges; and papers re: lecture tours abroad by Carrie Chapman Catt
Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund members and campaigns against illiteracy in
India and Italy.
- Carton 1: 2-34
- Carton 2: 35-63
- Series I. ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS
- 1. Photographs: Lucile Heming Koshland with colleagues, Overseas Education Fund participants,
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2. Speeches and correspondence, 1951-1965
- 3. Correspondence with Percy Maxim Lee, Senator John W. Fulbright, and Dean Rusk re:
overseas projects, 1962
- 4. History of Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, 1950-1961, n.d.
- 5. Evaluations of programs, 1950-1973
- 6. Tributes re: work of Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund; includes United States State
Department, Elliot L. Richardson, clippings, 1953-1970.
- 7. History of Overseas Education Fund (Overseas Education Fund), with discussion of projects,
- 8. Stationery, lists of directors, etc., n.d.
- 9. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Annual and financial
reports. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, 1948-1959
- 10. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Annual and financial
reports. Overseas Education Fund, 1961-1973
- 11. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Minutes of Board of
Directors and Trustees. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, 1953-1961
- 12. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Minutes of Board of
Directors and Trustees. Overseas Education Fund, 1961-1965
- 13. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Progress reports and
news reports, 1952-1963
- 14. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund and Overseas Education Fund. Treasurer's reports,
- 15. Fundraising. Correspondence re: fundraising and grant applications; includes financial
reports, lists of friends and foundations contributing to Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial
- 16. Fundraising. Tax exemption and by-laws, 1949-1970, n.d.
- 17. Fundraising. Fundraising relations with League of Women Voters, 1953-1962
- 18. Fundraising. Carrie Chapman Catt birthday celebrations, 1953-1962
- 20. Fundraising, 1961-1974
- 21. Freedom Agenda. National: clippings and correspondence, 1955-1957, n.d.
- 22. Freedom Agenda. New York City: in-service training for teachers re: Bill of Rights.
Correspondence and program, 1956-1959, n.d.
- 23. Freedom Agenda. Pamphlets and other publications, 1954-1958
- 24. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications. Brochures,
- 25. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications. Simplified Parliamentary Procedure, 1948-1971, n.d.
- 26. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications, 1951-1961,
- 27. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications. Correspondence
re: publications and lists, 1951-1974
- 28. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications. Handbook for
- 29. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications. Washington
Office Bulletins, 1959-1963
- 30. Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund publications, 1961-1972,
- Series II. OVERSEAS PROJECTS
- 31. Africa: includes visit of Chief Adebo and Theodora Philippa Manuwa from Nigeria to
U.S. and United Nations, 1957-1967
- 32. Asia: correspondence with Department of State re: projects and Israeli participation,
- 33. Asia: seminars for women participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Korea, 1970-1974
- 34. Austria: Austrian League for the United Nations, 1955-1961
- 35. Caribbean: Haiti and Trinidad, 1954-1955
- 36. England: clippings, correspondence re: Ruth Kingman's lecture tour in support of British-American
- 37. France: correspondence with Union Feminine Civique et Sociale, 1962
- 38. Germany: clippings and correspondence re: visits to United States of German women
- 39. Greece: re: visit of Greek student United States and correspondence with Radio Athens,
- 40. India. Welthy Honsinger Fisher. Correspondence re: foundation of Literacy House and
Fisher's campaign against illiteracy, 1955-1963, n.d.
- 41. India. Welthy Honsinger Fisher. Clippings, correspondence, World Education newsletter, 1964-1968, n.d.
- 42. India. Welthy Honsinger Fisher. Correspondence, awards and tributes to Fisher, 1969-1974,
- 43. India. Literacy House publications in English and Hindi, 1955-1963
- 44. India. Publications re: women and politics in India, 1958-1963
- 45. India. Correspondence with Harriet Purcell Simrell re: Indian women in politics, 1959-1964
- 46. Italy. Correspondence and evaluation of literacy campaign by Florence A. Law, 1949-1973,
- 47. Italy. Unione Nazionale per la Lotta contro L'Analphabetismo: publications, 1952-1967
- 48. Italy. Unione Nazionale per la Lotta contro L'Analphabetismo: publications, 1962-1968
- 49. Japan: re visits of Japanese women, correspondence,bulletins published in Tokyo in
- 50. Latin America. Correspondence re: political education of women in Mexico, Colombia,
Brazil, Argentina and Peru, 1953-1958
- 51. Latin America. Political education of women in Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina, 1959
- 52. Latin America. Programs, 1960
- 53. Latin America. Joint project of Wellesley College, State Department, and Carrie Chapman
Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund to train women volunteer leaders, 1962-1963
- 54. Latin America. "Citizens in a free society," Miami-Cuban workshop,1961-1967
- 55. Latin America. Miami-Cuban workshop, Central American workshop, 1963-1964
- 56. Latin America. Includes Overseas Education Fund's programs and study of Title IX activity
for the Agency for International Development, 1965-1974
- 57. Latin America. Clippings re: United States and Latin America, 1956-1974
- 58. Netherlands: report of visits by Dutch women to United States, 1953-1964
- 59. Pakistan and Ceylon: correspondence with Elizabeth T. Halsey, 1956-1974
- 60. Philippines: correspondence with Philippine visitors, 1954-1962
- 61. USSR: Overseas Education Fund/Soviet exchange program: reports and press releases,
- 62. Vietnam: Vietnamese observers of United States elections; includes confidential report
to The Asia Foundation, 1960-1961.
- 63. International Council of Women: correspondence with Alice Mayer Stetten, 1961; International Women's News, 1974.
Civics--Study and teaching
American Friends Service Committee
Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, Inc.
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Fisher, Welthy Honsinger, 1879-1980
Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995
Law, Florence A.
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Lee, Percy Maxim, 1906-2002
Overseas Education Fund (League of Women Voters (U.S.))
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Stetten, Alice Mayer, 1887-1972