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Laddon, Esther Machlin. Papers of Esther Machlin Laddon, 1920-1939: 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.: 86-M105
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Esther Machlin Laddon
Title: Papers of Esther Machlin Laddon, 1920-1939
Date(s): 1920-1939
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, postcards, telegrams, etc., from Emma Goldman, most addressed to her friend Esther Machlin Laddon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 86-M105
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Esther Machlin Laddon's grandson, Daniel Robbins, in June 1986.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: July 1986
By: Bert Hartry

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Esther Machlin Laddon 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:

Esther Machlin Laddon Papers, 1920-1939; item description, dates. 86-M105, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Esther Machlin Laddon of Toronto, Canada, was a friend of the anarchist Emma Goldman.


The bulk of the correspondence (1927-1939) in this collection consists of letters to Esther Machlin Laddon of Toronto from her friend, the anarchist Emma Goldman. There are approximately 58 letters, postcards, and telegrams to Laddon, and seven (two are typescript carbon copies.) to Laddon's children.
Approximately 35 letters are from Emma Goldman to others, including Mary Eleanor Fitzgerald (?), Arthur Leonard Ross, Evelyn Scott, and Stella Comyn; most are typescript carbon copies. Eight letters, all typescript carbon copies, are to Emma Goldman; the writers include Henry Alsberg, Maurice Browne, and Ben Laddon, son of Esther Machlin Laddon. There are four letters (typescript carbon copies) from others to others; authors include John Haynes Holmes and John Cowper Powys. During the years 1927-1939 Emma Goldman, having been deported from the United States in 1919, lived and traveled in Canada and Europe; in 1934 she was allowed to return to the United States for a ninety-day lecture tour. The letters in the collection were written from Montreal, Paris, Nice, St. Tropez, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Germany, Oslo, and on board ship.
The collection also includes two photographs (one a photocopy) of Emma Goldman, clippings, nine receipts for telegrams and from banks, and eight fliers and pamphlets, some with duplicates. None of the last are by Emma Goldman.
Nearly every letter is dated and it should be possible to establish dates for the others. The major problem will be matching enclosures with the letters that refer to them.

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Additional Index Terms

Canada--Social life and customs
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939
Alsberg, Henry Garfield, 1881-1970
Browne, Maurice, 1881-1954
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963
Ross, Arthur Leonard
Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963