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Florence Kelley papers, (bulk 1881-1932).

Title
Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932 (bulk 1881-1932).
Author
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932.
Supplementary Content
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Description
6.5 linear feet (16 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Diaries.
  • Ephemera.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • Florence Kelley was an activist, lawyer, and sociologist who worked at the vanguard of urban and social reform movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and headed the National Consumers' League for thirty-four years.
Call Number
MssCol 6303
Author
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932.
Title
Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932 (bulk 1881-1932).
Summary
The Florence Kelley papers contain correspondence, writings, address books, clippings, financial and legal documents, scrapbooks, photographs, printed matter and ephemera documenting Kelley's personal life and her professional commitment to social reform, from her time at Hull House in Chicago to her tenure as General Secretary of the National Consumers' League. Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection. General correspondence documents Kelley's work with civic associations and settlement houses, as well as her legal education, tenure as chief factory inspector in Illinois, her efforts to obtain protective labor laws, and related consumer advocacy at the national level. Prominent correspondents include, among others, Jane Addams, Friedrich Engels, and Lillian D. Wald. Family correspondence reflects Florence Kelley's relationships with her parents, her three children, especially her son Nicholas Kelley, and grandchildren. Writings consist of Kelley's articles, notes, speeches, and poetry; and writings by others pertinent to reform legislation. Personal miscellany includes Kelley's address books, clippings, financial documents, printed ephemera, and scrapbooks, as well as an 1868 diary of her college friend, Margaret Hicks. Family papers contain correspondence and ephemera documenting the lives of Kelley's parents, U.S. Congressman William Darrah Kelley, and Caroline Bonsall Kelley. Photographs include images of family members and of Jane Addams during her 1923 tour of Japan. The papers also reflect Kelley's Quaker heritage and her pacifist and socialist beliefs.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at division indicated.
Biography
Florence Kelley was an activist, lawyer, and sociologist who worked at the vanguard of urban and social reform movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and headed the National Consumers' League for thirty-four years.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Related collections include the Nicholas Kelley Papers; Manuscripts and Archives Division; New York Public Library.
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Occupation
Lawyers.
Pacifists.
Social reformers.
Socialists.
Sociologists.
Added Author
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
Engels, Friedrich, 1820-1895.
Hicks, Margaret.
Kelley, Augusta Maverick.
Kelley, Caroline Bonsall.
Kelley, John Bartram.
Kelley, Margaret Dana.
Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965.
Kelley, William D. (William Darrah), 1814-1890.
Lloyd, Henry Demarest, 1847-1903.
Lloyd, Lola Maverick, 1875-1944.
Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940.
Kelly family.
Pugh family.
National Consumers' League.
Research Call Number
MssCol 6303
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