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MC 257

Parisi, Angela R., 1914-1961. Papers of Angela R. Parisi, 1940-1961 (inclusive), 1955-1961 (bulk): 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

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The collection was processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987).

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 257
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Angela R. Parisi, 1914-1961
Title: Papers of Angela R. Parisi, 1940-1953 (scattered), 1955-1961
Date(s): 1940-1953
Date(s): 1955-1961
Quantity: 2.29 linear feet (5+1/2 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, clippings, etc., of Angela R. Parisi, lawyer and government official.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1097, 1122, 1147
The papers of Angela R. Parisi were given to the Schlesinger Library by her mother, Mrs. Salvatore Parisi, in December 1966 and January and March 1967.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1978
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Angela R. Parisi 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:

Angela R. Parisi Papers, 1940-1961; item description, dates. MC 257, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following papers were sent to the New York State Archives, Albany, New York:


Angela R. Parisi, government official and lawyer, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 23, 1914, the daughter of Salvatore and Mary E. (Somma) Parisi. After attending St. Agnes Seminary, Brooklyn, and St. John's College (1933-1936), Parisi received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School (1939). Admitted to the New York Bar in 1941, she practiced privately and taught at Marymount College and the adult education division of Brooklyn College. She also served as assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York (1946-1954). In 1955 Governor Averell Harriman appointed Parisi chairman of the New York State Workmen's Compensation Board, a post she held until her death. She was a member of many political and social organizations and served as vice-chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee (1949-1955) and president of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (1956-1958). In private life Angela R. Parisi was married to Leo Louison (December 31, 1944) and had two sons: Neil David and James Phillip. She died on March 20, 1961.


The bulk of the Angela R. Parisi papers pertains to her chairmanship of the New York State Workmen's Compensation Board, 1955-1961, most of it correspondence but also including speeches, newsclippings, news releases, and photographs. Other correspondence pertains to Parisi's presidency of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and her membership in various social, political and charitable organizations. There are no papers of her early childhood or family life and almost none of her professional activities prior to 1955.



A selective index of writers and recipients of letters. Information about individuals is not indexed; nor are subjects. Also correspondence re engagements attended/not attended (Folders 65-90) is not indexed. The number refers to folder number.

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Additional Index Terms

Industrial safety
Italian Americans
Labor laws and legislation
New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government
Women lawyers
Workers' compensation.
Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
Democratic Party (N.Y.)
Democratic Party (N.Y.). State Committee
Edwards, India
French, Eleanor Clark, 1908-1990
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986
Kenyon, Dorothy, 1888-1972
Kross, Anna Moscowitz
Louchheim, Katie, 1903-1991
Miller, Frieda S.
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
New York (State). Workers' Compensation Board.
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965
Pike, James A. (James Albert), 1913-1969
Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991