Levis, Rosa Marie Finocchietti, 1878-1959. Papers of Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis,
1890-1959: 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
Call No.: MC 207
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Levis, Rosa Marie Finocchietti, 1878-1959
Title: Papers of Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis, 1890-1959
Quantity: 2.09 linear feet (5 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 3 oversize items)
Language of materials: Materials in English and Italian.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, of Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis, volunteer
civic service worker.
Accession number: 1188
The papers of Rosa Marie Levis were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by Albert Warren Levis, Jr. in July 1967.
Processed: November 1974
By: Katherine Gray Kraft
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis 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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Rosa Marie Levis Papers, 1890-1959; item description, dates. MC 207, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The following items have been removed from the collection and added to Schlesinger
Library periodical collection:
- Woman's Journal, Vol. XLIV, 1913, Nos. 37-39, 41, 49, 51
- Woman's Journal, Vol. XLV, 1914, No. 38
- Woman's Journal, Vol. XLVI, 1915, No. 3
- The Woman Citizen, Vol. I, No. 1, 5, no number (April 20, 1918): 1917-1918
- The Woman Citizen, Vol. III, Nos. 11, 17, 33, 43, 47, 50: 1918-1919
- The Woman Citizen, Vol. IV, Nos. 8, 9, 20, 30: 1919-1920
- The Woman Citizen, Vol. V, Nos. 4, 13, 25, 27, 28: 1920
- Boston Daily Globe article, "President Wilson Battles Sen. Lodge for League of Nations or Nothing, Gets
Nothing," from American Past series, May 19, 1948, page 21.
- Ladies Home Journal article, "Woman's Place in Politics," concerning Viscountess Astor, M.P., February
1935, page 5 ff.
- Religious pictures from calendars, n.d.
- Policewoman's International Bulletin, Vol. III, No. 33, October 1927 and No. 34, November-December 1927.
Rosa Marie Levis was born March 17, 1878 on Hull Street in the North End of Boston.
Her parents, Giovanni and Theresa Finocchietti, were recent emigrés from Genoa, Italy.
In her teens, while still a student at the Hancock School, Levis began her long career
of volunteer civic service, interpreting for doctors in the Hull Street Medical Center.
In 1897 she married Albert Warren Levis, a Florentine sculptor and fencer who had
come to the United States to help design a bronze door for the Chicago Exposition.
They had six children, three boys and three girls; the family lived in the North End
until 1914, when they moved to Dorchester. Levis was proud of her early advocacy (1910)
of woman suffrage, claiming to be the first Italian-American suffragist in Massachusetts.
During World War I she participated, with other suffragists, in the sale of Liberty
Bonds, and in programs for food conservation and for Americanization of Italian immigrants.
In addition, she worked with Boston Italians rolling bandages and assembling supply
kits for Italian-American soldiers. She again sold war bonds in World War II, and
aided in the organization of relief programs for a war-devastated Italy.
- Series I. Personal. Folders 1-11, volumes 1 and 2.
- Series II. Family. Folders 12-23.
- Series III. Clubs and organizations. Folders 24-74.
- Series IV. Italian community. Folders 75-90.
- Series V. Political activity. Folders 91-109.
- Series VI. Suffrage and related activity. Folders 110-119.
- Series VII. War-related work. Folders 120-129.
- ___A. World War I. Folders 120-123.
- ___B. World War II. Folders 124-128.
- Series VIII. Benefits, memorial funds, and fund-raising. Folders 130-137.
- Series IX. Miscellaneous. Folders 138-147.
- Series X. Oversize.
- ___A. 2 "Votes for Women" banners.
- ___B. 1 metal "Victory" sign from suffrage campaign.
- ___C. Oversize folder 1o.
When deposited in the Library, the papers in the Rosa Levis collection were in scrapbooks.
They have been removed and placed in folders for preservation purposes, and rearranged
topically. Although this collection contains correspondence and printed material concerning
Levis' personal life, her husband's business and fencing career, and her suffrage
and war-related activities, the bulk of the papers documents her involvement in social,
political, and religious women's organizations, in Boston's Italian community, and
in the Republican Party. She founded the Chatterbox Club with her daughter Lydia (1919)
and the League of the Sacred Heart Church of North Square (1936); was organizing secretary
of the Women's Italian Club (1916); was first president of the Women's Columbus Republican
Club (1943); and helped to establish the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's
Italian Clubs (1947), in addition to membership in many other organizations. She worked
to have Italian taught in Boston high schools, and to help Italian immigrants adjust
to life in America while retaining pride in their heritage. Politically active from
the time she became the "first woman of Italian extraction to register as a Republican,"
Levis served as a committeewoman from the 7th Suffolk Senatorial District, a member
of the Republican State Committee, Vice President of the Republican City Committee,
Chairman of Ward 15, and a delegate to Republican state and national conventions.
She was an energetic campaigner, and her papers include many letters of gratitude
from victorious Republican office-seekers, as well as letters from prominent suffragists.
She remained active in politics and club work until her death on January 15, 1959
at the age of eighty-two.
The collection is arranged by subjects, some of which overlap. For example, material
relating to World War I may be found under "Suffrage and related activity," and "Italian
community," as well as "War-related work." The arrangement is chronological within
each subject, with the exception of "Clubs," where the arrangement is alphabetical.
An index of correspondents is located at the end of the inventory.
- Box 1: 1-14, volumes 1 and 2
- Box 2: 15-44
- Box 3: 45-74
- Box 4: 75-109
- Box 5: 110-147
- Adkins, Bertha S. - 95
- Andrews, Fannie Fern - 29, 63
- Bagley, Grace - 92
- Bradford, Robert - 94
- Bricker, John W. - 94
- Bushnell, Robert - 93
- Butler, William M. - 92
- Cahill, Horace T. - 93, 94
- Clark, Josephine E. - 94
- Coe, Evelyn Peverley - Vol. 1, 110
- Coolidge, Arthur - 94
- Coolidge, Helen - 4
- Curley, James - 4, Vol. 1, 77, 92
- Di Prizio, Fr. Ubaldus - 2
- Donnaruma, James V. - 63
- Eisenhower, Dwight David - 95
- Freschi, John J. - 77
- Fuller, Alvan T. - 4, 92, 93
- Furbush, Richard - 95
- Green, Marie - 32
- Herter, Christian - 1, 86, 94, 95
- Hoover, Lou Henry - 92
- Hosmer, Clara B. - 4, Vol. 1, 92, 120
- Hynes, John B. - 94
- Italian War Relief Fund of America - 120
- Kimball, May Dickinson - 46
- Lavers, Carolyn - 94
- Liberty Loan Committee of New England - 121, Vol. 1
- Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr. - 93, 95
- McCormack, John W. - 93
- Mahoney, Mary - 137
- Mair, Elizabeth B. - 137
- Martin, Joseph, Jr. - 93
- Musco, Louis - 83
- Nevin, Frances - 92
- New England Italian War Relief Fund - 120
- Nourse, Annie Endicott - 62
- O'Brien, Thomas C. - 92
- Page, Mary Hutcheson - 110
- Park, Maud Wood - Vol. 1
- Peters, Andrew J. - Vol. 1
- Quirk, Hilda Hedstrom - 4, 92, 133
- Rowell, George B. - 94
- Saltonstall, Leverett - 4, 93, 95
- Sawtelle, John - 95
- Schofield, Lemuel B. - 93
- Shulman, Sadie Lipner - 92
- Smith, Mabel J. - 46
- Stantial, Edna L. - 133
- Storrow, Helen - 132
- Tague, Peter - 92
- Tillinghast, Anna - Vol. 1, 92
- Tobin, Maurice J. - 93
- Volpe, John A. - 95
- Walsh, David I. - 92, 93
- Weedy(?), Margaret - 95
- Weeks, Sinclair - 1, 93
- Whittier, Sumnet G. - 84, 95
- Willkie, Wendell - 93
- Wolcott, Edith Prescott - 1, 63
- Series I. PERSONAL
- 1. Letters to Levis, 1918-1957, n.d.
- 2. Letters, cards, and 1928-1930, 1932, 1939, 1953, n.d.
- 2a. 2 photos from Di Prizio
- 3. 3 letters to Levis from relatives, 1945, 1946, 1948.
- 4. Christmas cards to Levis, 1924-1954, n.d.
- 5. Summons to appear in Probate Court re guardianship of Tony and Adolph Deprizio, June
- 6. List of Levis' political accomplishments, 1944.
- 7. Testimonial surprise dinner for Levis' 76th birthday (March 17, 1954), given March
13, 1954. Replies to invitations, February 2, 1954 - April 8, 1954.
- 8. Testimonial surprise dinner for Levis' 76th birthday (March 17, 1954), given March
13, 1954. Scripts for presentation on Levis' life, typescript and manuscript, and
unidentified tribute, manuscript.
- 9. Testimonial surprise dinner for Levis' 76th birthday (March 17, 1954), given March
13, 1954. Testimonial document in watercolor; photographs; program and announcement;
floor plans of hall; and newsclippings.
- 10. Photographs. 2 of Levis, 3 of Levis with unidentified groups.
- 11. Newsclippings. Includes photocopy of obituary.
- Vol. 1. Scrapbook, called "Memory Book" by Levis. Includes: correspondence, leaflets, photographs,
newsclippings, and miscellaneous. Also, Levis' father's certificate of United States
citizenship. Major topics are clubs, suffrage, and war-related work.
- Vol. 2. Levis' funeral book, dated 1/19/1959 (Levis died 1/15/1959).
- Series II. FAMILY.
- 12. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Correspondence. Includes 2 poems by Albert Warren Levis
to Levis, 1930, 1943, and ALS from Albert Warren Levis to Levis, 8/21/1905; letter
to his brother, January 26, 1942; 2 letters from others to Albert Warren Levis, 1890,
- 13. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Official documents, 1890-1920. Includes citizenship
certificate, 1895; business agreement; papers re: examination to practice medicine,
- 14. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Fragile newsclippings and pages from scrapbook on Albert
Warren Levis's fencing, 1889, most n.d. Some in Italian.
- 15. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Fragile pages from scrapbook of newsclippings on Albert
Warren Levis' fencing, 1889, n.d. Some in Italian. Also, 2 photographs, and miscellaneous
printed material re same, 1897, 1899.
- 16. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Miscellaneous papers re marble business. Includes fragile
pages from ledger, 1901-1903; printed forms and business cards; notices of severance
of ties with De Paoli Mosaic Association and formation of De Paoli - Levis Mosaic
- 17. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Miscellaneous tickets.
See oversize for fragile game map.
- 18. Papers of Albert Warren Levis. Letters to Levis sons on death of Albert Warren Levis,
June 1945; certificate of Purgatorian Society, June 13, 1945; obituaries; and Jesuit Seminary News, September 1947, listing Albert Warren Levis as "perpetual member;" letters to sons
on death of Levis, 1959.
- 19. Ms. announcement for candidacy for Republican nomination for State Senator from 7th
Suffolk District, signed Albert W. Levis, Jr., letter to Albert Warren Levis Jr.,
- 20. Joseph Louis Levis (son): 3 photographs; announcement of testimonial dinner for Joseph
Louis Levis, 1932; newsclippings, 1932-1956, n.d., and most re: Joseph Louis Levis'
fencing championships; miscellaneous.
- 21. Lydia Levis (daughter): newsclippings, 1941, 1962, n.d.
- 22. Walter Frederick Levis (son): letter re family, 1917; letter to Levis from Massachusetts
State House re: Levis' recommendation of Walter Frederick Levis for post, April 16,
1956; fragment of resume, n.d.; photograph; newsclippings.
- 23. Miscellaneous family papers: 3 letters in Italian re: other Levis relatives, newsclippings
- Series III. CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
- 24. Boston City Federation of Organizations, Inc., organized 1912: minutes of meeting,
May 5, 1944, incomplete; Bulletin of the Boston City Federation of Organizations, Inc., November 1945 and January 1946;
leaflet, 1946; handbook, 1948-1949; Levis membership receipt, 1952; newsclippings,
- 25. The Business and Professional Women's Republican Club of Massachusetts: Levis' membership
card, 1947-1948; newsclipping, n.d.
- 26. Chatterbox Club. Levis drafts of speeches for 35th anniversary of Club, 1954 - manuscript
and typescript of 1 speech, manuscript only of other speech.
- 27. Chatterbox Club. Program for dance, 12/6/1921; mimeographed bulletin re: "Charter
Members of Chatterbox Club" and coming events, March 9, 1939; letter re Guest Night,
February 15, 1954.
- 28. Chatterbox Club. Newsclippings, 1939, 1954, n.d.
- 29. Hancock School Parents Association. Minutes, December 1907 - May 1908, November 1908.
Includes signed card from Fannie Fern Andrews, 1910.
- 30. Hancock School Parents Association. Volume of receipts and expenditures, November
1907 - May 1910.
- 31. Italian Fellowship League. Programs and leaflet for Scholarship Fund Banquet, April
23, 1940, April 23, 1941.
- 32. League of Catholic Women: 1 typed letter, signed to Levis from Marie Greene (Mrs.
Vincent), President, May 3, 1943, announcing meeting.
- 33. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Minutes, November
24, 1936 - April 17, 1947, manuscript
- 34. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Correspondence,
- 35. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Membership lists,
1941, 1944, n.d.
- 36. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Constitution and
By-Laws, incomplete, carbon with marginalia and printed portions, n.d.
- 37. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Report of League
delegates to Second Diocesan Congress of Catholic Women, May 5, 1938, 9 pages, carbon.
- 38. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. List of donations
to altar fund, 1939-1941; partial minutes of meeting, November 10, 1944; minutes of
Board meeting, November 12, 1948; annual financial report, 1952.
- 39. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Brief ms. histories
of League, drafts of letters re meetings, n.d.
- 40. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Tribute to Levis,
citing accomplishments, n.d., typescript. Author and occasion for use unknown.
- 41. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. 2 photographs of
Levis with unidentified others.
- 42. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Printed material,
1937, n.d.; leaflets announcing meetings and fund appeals; league letterhead.
- 43. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Programs and tickets
for League activities, 1940, 1944, 1952, n.d.
- 44. League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston. Newsclippings,
1939-1942, 1949, most n.d.
- 45. Massachusetts Republican Presidents' Club, organized 1950. Handbook 1952-1953.
- 46. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs: 1 autograph letter, signed to Levis
from Mabel Smith, Pres., March 19, 1925; 1 carbon outline of parliamentary procedure
for leadership training course, 1951-1952; 1 mimeographed report, "Mothercraft and
Child Welfare Dept. Plan of Work 1924-1925," with cover letter signed by chairman
May Dickinson Kimball; Federation Topics, Vol. 5, April 1925, No. 7; newsclipping in Italian, June 29, 1954, on Federation
and Levis, with notations on folder by Albert Warren Levis Jr.(?), 1959.
- 47. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs. Correspondence, 1946-1948,
- 48. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs. Manuscript drafts re: formation
of Federation, Levis, n.d.
- 49. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs. Handbooks, 1949-1953, 1954-1955.
- 50. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs. 2 programs, 1950, 1954.
- 51. Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs. Newsclippings, 1946-1956,
- 52. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Minutes of first meeting and announcements re: Club's
- 53. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Correspondence, 1945-1946, 1951-1953, 1956, n.d.,
- 54. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Drafts of Constitution and By-Laws.
- 55. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Speeches given by Levis to Women's Columbus Republican
Club, various years, some fragments
- 56. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Notices of meetings, 1943, 1952, n.d. and agendas,
- 57. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Printed programs and announcements of Club activities,
1944, 1947, 1953, n.d.
- 58. Women's Columbus Republican Club. "Thumbnail Sketch of W.C.R.C. at Five Years of Age,"
in verse, by Olga Pini, and leaflet with short biography of Olga Pini in campaign
for second vice president of Club, n.d.
- 59. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Miscellaneous printed, includes paragraph re Women's
Columbus Republican Club in The Republican, April 1944.
- 60. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Pages from scrapbook with newsclippings, tickets,
announcements, and miscellaneous, 1943-1945, n.d.
- 61. Women's Columbus Republican Club. Newsclippings, including 2 newsclippings from Women's
Auxiliary of Columbus Republican Club, 1928, most n.d.
- 62. Women's Cosmopolitan Club of Boston: 1 autograph letter, signed to Levis from Annie
Endicott Nourse, n.d.; By-Laws; 2 leaflets, n.d.; leaflet announcing disbandment of
Club ; card announcing meeting of January 21, 1925.
- 63. Women's Italian Club. Correspondence, 1916, 1918, 1924-1925 (includes 3 letters in
Italian, 1 of which is fragment).
- 64. Women's Italian Club. Minutes, 3/25/1924, 2/10/1949.
- 65. Women's Italian Club. Testimonial poem to Levis by Frank Zottoli, read at Reunion
Banquet, June 2, 1926.
- 66. Women's Italian Club. Manuscript speech for Club's 10th anniversary (1926); ms. speech
for President's Day, with officers of The Federated Women's Clubs as guests, n.d.;
acceptance speech for Women's Italian Club presidency, n.d., typescript. All by Levis(?).
- 67. Women's Italian Club. Printed Treasurer's reports, 1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1929-1930,
- 68. Women's Italian Club. 2 copies of Constitution, n.d.; handbook for 1936-1937; and
handbook, n.d., all printed.
- 69. Women's Italian Club. Programs, 1917-1941, 1955, n.d.
- 70. Women's Italian Club. Leaflets announcing meetings and other Women's Italian Club
events, various years, many n.d.
- 71. Women's Italian Club. Miscellaneous printed: Levis campaign leaflet, 2 recipes, Women's
Italian Club letter-head.
- 72. Women's Italian Club. Newsclippings, 1916-1941, many n.d.
- 73. Programs from other clubs: Dance, Harvard Italian Club, April 26, 1926; Annual Musicale,
Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs, March 19, 1931; Charity Ball of Ligurian
Auxiliary, April 15, 1932; Young Men's Italian Association, unidentified occasion,
n.d.; and song leaflet for The James Reardon Dining Club, n.d.
- 74. Women's Municipal League of Boston: Bulletin, January 1915, March 1917; leaflet on corn products, January 14, 1918.
- Series IV. ITALIAN COMMUNITY.
- 75. Americanization. Letters to Levis, 1913-1924, including minutes of meeting held to
protest Restrictive Immigration Bill, January 23, 1924.
- 76. Americanization. Printed material: 4 typescript pages concerning naturalization; leaflet
advertising speeches on Americanization, including one to be given by Levis, n.d.;
letterhead stationery of Americanization Committee of National American Woman Suffrage
Association; bi-lingual pamphlet, "I Am An American," [1939 or later], issued by Italian
Committee for Defense of Immigrants; "English for American Citizenship/Series for
Women with Home Interests," published by Massachusetts Dept. of Education, 1919; newsclippings,
- 77. Letters to Levis concerning Italian community and activities, 1916-1954.
- 78. Red Cross. Correspondence with and about Red Cross. Includes: 2 letters in Italian
re Italian Red Cross, 1917; 1 letter re: American Red Cross, 1918; other letters,
1927, 1930; manuscript speech in Italian re American Red Cross [1930?]; draft of speech
by Levis for radio, in Italian, 1950, and letters re same.
- 79. Red Cross. Printed material: leaflets from Red Cross Committee of Women's Italian
Club of Boston; newsclippings, 1930, n.d.; other.
- 80. Card listing plays and participants, North Bennett Street Industrial School, January
- 81. Retirement of Rosa M.E. Reggio, "Boston's First Teacher of Italian Extraction," program
and unidentified speech accompanying presentation, June 18, 1921: newsclippings. (Levis
chairman of reception committee.)
- 82. Leaflet and newsclippings concerning death sentence of Oscar Y. Bartolini, December
1938. (Levis headed petition drive for commutation.)
- 83. 1 letter and enclosure re: teaching Italian in Boston public schools, from Louis Musco,
School Committee member, 1954; 1 Ms. in Italian by Levis re: same, n.d.; newsclippings,
- 84. Salute to Rome Week, Boston, November 27 - December 3, 1955. Correspondence, 1955-1956.
Includes manuscript draft of letter by Levis, n.d., and minutes of meeting for Fashion
Show, October 5, 1955.
- 85. Salute to Rome Week, Boston, November 27 - December 3, 1955. Printed material. Includes:
programs for events, booklet summarizing the week, 1955; list of Fashion Show Committee;
Greater Boston Report, Vol. 1, No. 16, April 5, 1956.
- 86. Salute to Rome Week, Boston, November 27 - December 3, 1955. 7 photographs of Levis
with others. Includes signed photograph by Christian Herter.
- 87. Salute to Rome Week, Boston, November 27 - December 3, 1955. Material concerning Annamaria
Berlati, recipient of scholarship provided by funds raised during Week. Includes manuscript
introduction of Berlati at dinner by Levis and correspondence from Berlati, 1958-1959.
- 88. Correspondence and printed material concerning 50th and 51st anniversaries of death
of Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905), founder of The Missionaries of St.
Charles, 1955-1956. Includes biography by Rose Grieco, 1956.
- 89. 2 manuscripts by Levis, in Italian, on "Mother's Day," n.d.
- 90. Miscellaneous newsclippings concerning Italians, Italian social events, various years,
some in Italian.
- Series V. POLITICAL ACTIVITY.
- 91. 2 letters by Levis: 1 manuscript draft of letter to Alvan Fuller offering aid for
re-election campaign, n.d., and mimeographed endorsement of Saltonstall, signed by
- 92. Political correspondence, most from Republicans, either thanking Levis for her help
or requesting campaign aid, 1917-1930.
- 93. Political correspondence, most from Republicans, either thanking Levis for her help
or requesting campaign aid, 1932-1942.
- 94. Political correspondence, most from Republicans, either thanking Levis for her help
or requesting campaign aid, 1943-1951.
- 95. Political correspondence, most from Republicans, either thanking Levis for her help
or requesting campaign aid, 1952-1959, n.d.
- 96. Campaign speech for Hoover by Levis, given over radio November 5, 1928 in Italian
- 97. 4 campaign speeches for Wendell Willkie, 1940: 1 typescript by Philip Caporale, October
13, 1940; 3 unidentified manuscripts (probably by Levis), 2 of which are in Italian.
- 98. 2 typescript drafts by Levis of campaign speech for Dewey and other Republican candidates
, given over radio, October 1.
- 99. Manuscript draft of speech by Levis advocating election of Republican candidates,
given before unidentified club .
- 100. Papers concerning Republican state conventions (Massachusetts) and Republican State
Committee: certificate of election to be delegate to 1940 convention, Levis; newsclippings
re election to Committee, 1949; notification of nomination, 1944; credentials, 1946,
1952; other, including platform adopted at 1920 state convention.
- 101. Republican National Convention, June 1944 (Levis attended as an at-large alternate):
admittance tickets, temporary roll of delegates, newsclippings.
- 101a. 3 photographs of Levis and others
- 102. Miscellaneous lists: 2 copies, "Report of the Women's Committee Campaigning for the
Election of Governor Leverett Saltonstall," November 9, 42; Dorchester Committee of
1938, dated 1940; Citizens Committee, by sex, n.d.
- 103. Political campaign leaflets:
- Coleman E. Kelley (Democratic nomination for Massachusetts House), September 1920
- John Murphy (for Mayor of Boston), 3 carbon typescript, October 11, 1921
- "Workers' Indictment of Henry Cabot Lodge" (Senate race) 
- James Curley (for Mayor of Boston), October 7, 1925
- Herbert Hoover (for United States President), 1928
- John B. Hynes (re-election for Mayor of Boston), 1955
- Chris Herter (for Massachusetts Governor, vs. Dever-Kelly machine), n.d.
- "Hoover's Mistakes" (defense of Hoover), n.d. [late 1930s?]
- Henry Abrahams for Boston School Committee, n.d.
- Thomas C. O'Brien (for Mayor of Boston), n.d.
- 104. 1902 Instructions to Election Officers in Boston; Ward 6 - Precinct 6/ City of Boston/Lists of Male Residents as of April 1, 1910. Both printed by City of Boston.
- 105. A Citizen's Guide, March - June 1919 (issued monthly), published by Committee on Education for Citizenship,
Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government, and November, December 1919
published by Boston League of Women Voters.
- 106. Prohibition pamphlets: "Prohibition," Charles Sumner Bird, February 1924 before Women's
Republican Club - Massachusetts; and "The Prohibition Question," a sermon by Harry
Emerson Fosdick, October 14, 28.
- 107. Miscellaneous papers concerning Republican Party: "The Republican Party's Appeal to
Women," n.d., issued by the Women's Division of the Republican Party of Massachusetts;
"Congressional Record Middlesex Club Edition," February 12, 1945, Republican pamphlet;
newsclippings, and other.
- 108. Cards: notice of Grace Morrison Poole campaign meeting, January 23, 1932; admission
card to Massachusetts House, signed Joseph Walker; Laurence Curtis calling card
- 109. Newsclippings re: politicians, n.d.
- Series VI. SUFFRAGE AND RELATED ACTIVITY.
- 110. Correspondence, 1913-1920, n.d. Some concern war work of suffragists.
- 111. Levis ms. on suffrage: 2 pages re: Susan B. Anthony, apparently written to columnist,
n.d.; 1 page re: Woman Suffrage Party, fragment(?), n.d.; 3 1/2 page dialogue between
suffragist and anti-suffragist, n.d.
- 112. Extract from speech by Mary G. Jones, Spokane, Wash., n.d., typescript, 1 page
- 113. 2 lists labeled "Woman Suffrage Party/Boston/Ward 6". Carbon.
- 114. Bi-Weekly Bulletins #2 and #3, June 15, June 26, 1915, Massachusetts Woman Suffrage
- 115. Printed material re: Alice Stone Blackwell: request for memorial, and receipt to Levis;
leaflet printed by Alice Stone Blackwell Fund Committee; newsclippings, 1950, n.d.
- 116. Printed material re Lucy Stone: leaflet advertising publication of Maud Wood Park's
play "Lucy Stone;" Playbill from Federal Theatre (WPA) production of "Lucy Stone"
in Boston [1939?]; Souvenir program for Open House at Morgan Memorial's Lucy Stone
Home, June 14, 1950; Newsclipping from Boston Post which is short biography, 1940;
- 117. Maud Wood Park: 2 newsclippings re: 80th birthday; publisher's release re: Park's
Front Door Lobby.
- 118. Printed material:
- Program from private theatricals for the benefit of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage
Association, February 17, 1913
- Program from "Everywoman's Road/A Morality of Woman/Creator, Worker, Waster, Joy-Giver
and Keeper of the Flame," by Josephine Hammond, 1913, for benefit of The Woman's Journal
- "Letters and Addresses on Woman Suffrage by Catholic Ecclesiastics," complied by Margaret
Hayden Rorke, 1914, 32 pages
- "Woman's Suffrage," play by Louise Gore and Patricia Luce of Rock Creek Women's Republican
Club of Maryland, 1953, 15 pages
- "Woman Suffrage, An Argument Against It," by Robert S. Taylor, n.d., 18 pages
- Leaflets, including "Silver Anniversary of Suffrage Amendment: 1920-1945," with brief
- 119. Newsclippings, 1917-1958, most n.d. Includes newsclippings of war-related work of
- Series VII. WAR-RELATED WORK.
- 120. World War I. Correspondence, 1917-1918, n.d.
- 121. World War I. Correspondence re Liberty Loans, 1918-1919, n.d., and leaflet announcing
meeting of Woman's Liberty Loan Committee.
- 122. World War I. Printed cards: "Liberty Song Book," by War Camp Community Service; leaflet
on food preparation; newsclippings, 1917, 1919, n.d., including newsclipping on role
of Italian-American women in World War I.
- 123. World War I. The Story of Nedda; An Italian Reservist's Wife, by Lewis Niles Roberts, 1917, fiction. Also, newsclippings re: same.
- 124. World War II. Correspondence, 1940-1945. Includes letters re relief for Italian prisoners
of war and Italian children.
- 125. World War II. Correspondence, 1945-1946. Letters from Italians seeking help, referred
to Levis by Post Office.
- 126. World War II. Transcript of the Consultation Between Women Leaders and Industry on
Postwar Problems, Boston, Massachusetts, September 27, 1945.
- 127. World War II. Newsclippings and printed card concerning aid to Italy food drive, 1945.
- 128. World War II. Correspondence and program re Y.W.C.A. Reconstruction Fund, 1947.
- 129. List of committees for Italian-American Service Unit, n.d.; newsclipping re: formation
of Mothers of American Sons organization, n.d.
- Series VIII. BENEFITS, MEMORIAL FUNDS, AND FUND-RAISING.
- 130. Correspondence concerning Home for Italian Children, 1920-1948. Includes brochure
of Home, 1921.
- 131. Correspondence concerning Massachusetts General Hospital fund-raising activities,
1921, 1925-1926, 1944. Includes booklet on Massachusetts General Hospital and newsclippings,
- 132. 1 typed letter, signed from Helen Storrow describing Boston Home Information Center
and soliciting membership of Levis, March 17, 1930.
- 133. Correspondence re memorial funds for: Mrs. Frederick P. Bagley, April 6, 1945; Hilda
Hedstrom Quirk, 1953; Maud Wood Park, 1955.
- 134. New England Benefit for Sisters Oblate to the Divine Love, Boston Garden, 9/17/1949.
2 letters to Levis, 1 of which is in Italian, 1949; receipts from Boston Garden; financial
notes in booklet.
Photographs moved to #134a and 134bf+.
- 134a-134bf+. New England Benefit for Sisters Oblate to the Divine Love, Boston Garden, 9/17/1949.
Photographs (1 of Sisters in crowd: 1 of Levis, Sisters, Dom di Maggio, and others;
1 of Levis and unidentified man).
- 135. New England Benefit for Sisters Oblate to the Divine Love, Boston Garden, 9/17/1949.
Printed material: program; letterhead; newsclippings.
- 136. Correspondence, eulogy, and printed material re: John Scanga Memorial Fund, 1957-1959.
(John Scanga was Levis' brother-in-law, and manager of the North End School Center,
- 137. Miscellaneous requests for aid, various years, 1930-1953.
- Series IX. MISCELLANEOUS.
- 138. Social functions: (programs, etc.)
- Violin recital by Sirak Samuel Boghassian, includes photograph of boy and notes by
Levis, February 12, 1933, and letter of December 18, 1932 referring to an earlier
- Correspondence and brochures from W.E. Floyd, "illusionist,", appearance at the Michel
Angels School, December 16, 1934
- Program and form letter re reception for Fr. Uff. Cesare Sabelli, June 23, 1940
- Invitation to Episcopal Consecration, June 30, 1947
- Invitation to dinner for Prime Minister Scelba, February 23, 1955
- Programs for dinner for Manlio Brosio, Italian Ambassador to U.S., June 14, 1955
- Invitation to reception on board M/V Vulcania, January 5, 1956
- Invitation to reception for Mother General Margherita Crispi, R.O.D.A. of Italy, Mar
15, no year.
See also Cf+ for photograph.
- 139. 2 manuscript, author unknown: 1 re Genoa, 6 pages, possibly by Levis; fragment of
typescript speech during World War II.
- 140. 2 manuscript pages of names and addresses, use unknown.
- 141. Ribbons and buttons belonging to Levis.
- 142. Plays: "A Dish of China Tea," play about Revolutionary War, lines for one part, 6
pages, typescript, n.d.; "The Nativity Circle of the York Mystery Plays," W.P.A. stamp
in corner, n.d.
- 143. Leaflets and cards: lecture brochure of Emma Fall Schofield, Assistant Attorney General
of Massachusetts; "Some Reasons for Birth Control," published by Birth Control League
of Massachusetts; 2 duplicate cards re: cleaning Hull Street, n.d.
- 144. Leaflet and newsclipping re: Charles Ponzi.
See oversize folder 1o.
- 145. Newsclippings re women, various years.
- 146. Large cardboard card with words "Mrs. Albert W. Levis."
- 147. Photographs, not including Levis, n.d.
- Series X. OVERSIZE.
- A. Two "Votes for Women" banners made of black and yellow felt.
- B. Metal "Victory" sign from Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association campaign.
- Cf+. Photograph of 10th anniversary celebration of Massachusetts State Federation of Women's
Italian Clubs, May 12, 1956
- Caf+. Leaflet re: Ponzi; unidentified list titled "Things asked for and received," n.d.;
"The Opening Gun," Y.W.C.A. fundraising leaflet, April 23, 1930.
See folder 144 re: Ponzi leaflet.
- D. Metal signs mounted on stick. Top copper colored sign with black text, "Victory."
Bottom blue bird with gold breast and tail, "Votes for Women Nov. 2" written vertically
in black text down breast and tail.
North End (Boston, Mass.)
Politics, Practical--Societies, etc.
Women in war
Women--Societies and clubs
World War, 1914-1918--Women
World War, 1939-1945--Women
Adkins, Bertha Sheppard, 1906-1983
Andrews, Fannie Fern, 1867-1950
Bagley, Grace Hodges, 1860-1944
Coe, Evelyn Peverley, 1881-1967?
Curley, James Michael, 1874-1958
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Fuller, Alvan Tufts, 1878-1958
Hancock School Parents Association
Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944
Hosmer, Clara B.
Hynes, John B.
League of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of North Square, Boston
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985
Martin, Joseph W. (Joseph William), 1884-1968
Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Italian Clubs
McCormack, John W., 1891-1980
Page, Mary Hutcheson, 1860-1940
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Peters, Andrew James, 1872-1938
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979
Stantial, Edna Lamprey
Storrow, Helen Osborne, 1864-1944
Tillinghast, Anna Churchill Moulton, 1874-1951
Tobin, Maurice Joseph, 1901-1953
Volpe, John A.
Walsh, David I. (David Ignatius), 1872-1947
Weeks, Sinclair, 1893-1972
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
Women's Columbus Republican Club
Women's Italian Club