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Sadowsky, Beatrice, 1900-2001. Papers of Beatrice Sadowsky, 1928-1984: 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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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 84-M106--84-M151
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Beatrice Sadowsky, 1900-2001
Title: Papers of Beatrice Sadowsky, 1928-1984
Date(s): 1928-1984
Quantity: 1.42 linear feet (1 carton, 1 file box) plus oversize items, 1 supersize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, rosters, photographs, etc., of Beatrice Sadowsky, transportation executive.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 84-M106, 84-M113, 84-M151
The papers of Beatrice Sadowsky were given to the Schlesinger Library in June and August 1984 by Beatrice Sadowsky.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: October 1984
By: Cassandra L. Fraser

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Beatrice Sadowsky 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 or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Beatrice Sadowsky Papers, 1928-1984; item description, dates. 84-M106--84-M151, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Beatrice Sadowsky, transportation executive and a founder of the Women's Traffic Club, was born in Russia on July 16, 1900. With tickets provided by her brother, who was already in the United States, the rest of the family followed and settled in Brooklyn, where Beatrice Sadowsky graduated from high school in 1917. Following graduation, Sadowsky briefly attended a teachers' training school, but the anti-Semitic views of an instructor dissuaded her from continuing. In 1917, she began working as an aide to Thomas Bradley, who later founded Acme Fast Freight. Sadowsky worked with Acme, a freight forwarding operation, until her retirement in 1966. In 1950 Sadowsky was officially recognized as advertising director for Acme (although she had acted in this capacity for many years before receiving the title). Correspondence with traffic executives and the establishment and editing of "Wings and Arrows," the company publication, were also among Sadowsky's responsibilities at Acme.
Sadowsky has been active in numerous traffic organizations. She was a founder of the American Society of Traffic and Transportation (1950), participated in Associated Traffic CluBeatrice Sadowsky (later Traffic Club International), and was centrally involved in the Women's Traffic Club of New York, which she served as president in 1936-1937. Early meetings of the Women's Traffic Club focused less on women in transportation than upon broad issues in the traffic world; many of the meetings were mainly social. But Sadowsky herself gave speeches and interviews and collected information specifically on women in the field. During World War II, Sadowsky worked for the American Women's Voluntary Service. After retirement Sadowsky traveled extensively, and did volunteer work for the American Jewish Congress. She has also been concerned with consumer and neighborhood issues.


This collection consists primarily of papers pertaining to Beatrice Sadowsky's professional and organizational involvement in transportation. Women's Traffic Club papers include correspondence, rosters, program and meeting announcements, clippings, an historical sketch, and a scrapbook. Other interests and organizations are documented by clippings, correspondence, and programs of events. Also included in the collection are photographs and itineraries of Sadowsky's travel; World War II ration books and pamphlets; biographical articles about and correspondence with prominent women in the transportation field; papers concerning Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio; and a few examples of typewriter art.
Original folder headings appear in quotation marks. Other information has been added by the processor.


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Additional Index Terms

Business enterprises
Voyages and travels
Acme Fast Freight Company
American Jewish Congress
American Society of Traffic and Transportation
Arendt, Vanda
Arsham, Gerry
Associated Traffic Clubs of America
Brown, Virginia Mae
Rookwood Pottery Company
Women's Traffic Club of New York