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MC 211

LaFollette, Isabel Bacon. Papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette, 1945-1963: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 211
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Isabel Bacon LaFollette
Title: Papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette, 1945-1963
Date(s): 1945-1963
Quantity: 2.75 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes, 1 oversize box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Articles, speeches, reports, correspondence, etc., of Isabel Bacon LaFollettte, vocational guidance advocate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 1191
The papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette were deposited in the Schlesinger Library in July 1967 by Mrs. Isabel LaFollette.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1975
By: Karen Van Deloo

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Isabel Bacon LaFollette 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:

Isabel Bacon LaFollette Papers, 1945-1963; item description, dates. MC 211, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The Woman's Service Exchange, organized as a free public service by Isabel Bacon LaFollette, opened its doors in April 1952 at the Madison Vocational and Adult School, 211 N. Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Exchange served to bring together employers and mature middle-aged women, who received counseling and, where desired, training and refresher courses leading to part-time jobs. The success of this pilot project under the auspices of the State Department of Vocational and Adult Education led to numerous inquiries from potential Woman's Service Exchange organizers and to the opening of two other exchanges in Oshkosh and Wausau, Wisconsin. The Exchange continued its services despite Isabel LaFollette's move to New York in 1954. The Woman's Service Exchange's work continued for about a decade until its functions were absorbed by the Wisconsin State Employment Office.


The collection includes background articles and publications concerning aging, women, and employment collected by Isabel Bacon LaFollette; publicity about the Woman's Service Exchange, including newspaper articles, radio talks, and speeches given at clubs and conferences by Isabel Bacon LaFollette; correspondence concerning potential Woman's Service Exchange's and similar programs; and magazine articles about the program.


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Additional Index Terms

Annual reports
Employment agencies
Middle-aged women--Employment
Part-time employment
Vocational guidance
Wisconsin. State Board of Vocational and Adult Education
Woman's Service Exchange, Wisconsin