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Wright, Louise Leonard, 1896-1992. Papers of Louise Leonard Wright, 1916-1977 (inclusive), 1930-1963 (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

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 80-M140--83-M110
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Louise Leonard Wright, 1896-1996
Title: Papers of Louise Leonard Wright, 1916-1977 (inclusive), 1930-1963 (bulk)
Date(s): 1916-1977
Date(s): 1930-1963
Quantity: 4.21 linear feet (4 cartons, 1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, minutes, etc., of Louise Leonard Wright, interior decorator and lecturer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 80-M140, 81-M172, 83-M110
The records of Louise Leonard Wright were given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise Leonard Wright in July 1981.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: August 1981, July 1983
By: Gaye Williams, David Nathan

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Louise Leonard Wright 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:

Louise Leonard Wright Papers, 1916-1977; item description, dates. 80-M140--83-M110, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Louise Leonard Wright, born in 1896, received the A.B. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1918 and the M.A. degree in 1920. Wright worked as an interior decorator and lecturer, and wrote American Neutrality: Toward a Collective Peace System. She served on the boards of several organizations concerned with women, civil liberties and international relations. The bulk of her time, and the subject of her papers, was the League of Women Voters of the United States. She was secretary of the League of Women Voters, 1932-1934, chair of the Committee on Government and International Cooperation, and of the Committee on Publications.


Louise Leonard Wright's papers concern her work as the League of Women Voters's Secretary of State and include correspondence, speeches, minutes, notes, clippings, and printed material. The collection contains no personal papers; however, it includes family and personal correspondence of Wright: League of Women Voters papers, including Wright's, correspondence with Marguerite Wells; correspondence and reports of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, of which Wright was Director, 1942-1956, and of the Institute of International Education. It includes material from many other organizations in the field of education and foreign policy with which Wright was associated.
Most folder headings are by Louise Leonard Wright.


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Additional Index Terms

Civil rights
France--Description and travel
International education
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
Politics, Practical
Politics and war
United States--Foreign relations
World War, 1939-1945--Women
Women in public life
Benton, William, 1900-1973
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Foreign Policy Association
Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.)
Inter-American Commission of Women
International Alliance of Women
International Schools Foundation
Johnstone, A. H. (Alexander Henry)
League of Nations
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Toynbee, Arnold, 1889-1975
Toynbee, Veronica
United Nations
Wells, Marguerite Milton, 1872-1959