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MC 340

O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943. Papers of Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, 1900-1943: 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.: MC 340
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, 1864-1943
Title: Papers of Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, 1900-1943
Date(s): 1900-1943
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, clippings, etc., of Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, labor organizer, factory worker and inspector, and the first woman general organizer for the American Federation of Labor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 82-M9
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Frances Davis Cohen (Mrs. I. Bernard Cohen) in January 1982.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 1982
By: Deborah Tucker

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Kenney O'Sullivan 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:

Mary Kenney O'Sullivan Papers, 1900-1943; item description, dates. MC 340, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Mary Kenney O'Sullivan Papers, 1892-1943 (MC 341).

BIOGRAPHY

Mary (Kenney) O'Sullivan was a labor organizer and factory inspector. She became the first woman general organizer of the American Federation of Labor in 1892 and devoted her career to trade union organizing among women and to promoting protective legislation. She was also active on behalf of prohibition and woman's suffrage and in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Besides papers of Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, this collection includes writings and papers of Gertrude Barnum (1866-1948), a social worker and labor reformer. Like O'Sullivan, Barnum was a labor inspector and organizer, and active in the woman's suffrage movement. For further biographical information about both women, see Notable American Women (Cambridge, MA, 1971) Vol. II.
This collection comprises clippings, writings, and correspondence about activities of both O'Sullivan and Barnum, especially in the areas of woman's suffrage and trade unionism for women.

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Additional Index Terms

Labor inspection
Labor unions
Women--Employment--United States
Women social reformers
Women--Suffrage--United States
Working class women
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
American Federation of Labor
Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
Barnum, Gertrude, 1866-1948
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932
Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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