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Rosika Schwimmer papers

Title
Rosika Schwimmer papers, 1890-1983 (bulk 1904-1948).
Author
Schwimmer, Rosika, 1877-1948.
Supplementary Content
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Description
160 linear feet (592 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Artifacts.
  • Ephemera.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Photographs.
  • Posters.
  • Scrapbooks.
Note
  • Selected images from the Schimmer-Lloyd Collection Photographs are available in the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery, under the title "Woman Suffrage and Feminism Photographs in the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection."
Access (note)
  • Advance notice required. Apply at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
  • Access to artifacts requires advance permission of the Curator of Manuscripts.
  • Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
Biography (note)
  • Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948) was a Hungarian-born writer and political activist who spent her life working for the causes of feminism, pacifism, and world government.
Language (note)
  • Materials in English, Hungarian and German, with a small number of items in other European languages.
Provenance (note)
  • The Rosika Schwimmer Papers were donated to the New York Public Library in 1944 with the papers of fellow activist Lola Maverick Lloyd, other Schwimmer and Lloyd family members, and associates to form the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection. In 2007, the Rosika Schwimmer Papers were re-configured as a distinct collection, under the administrative aegis of the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection. The bulk of Schwimmer's photographs, her personal library and pamphlet collections, and her vertical files are maintained separately within the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection.
Call Number
MssCol 6398
OCLC
232115171
Author
Schwimmer, Rosika, 1877-1948.
Title
Rosika Schwimmer papers, 1890-1983 (bulk 1904-1948).
Additional Formats
Selected materials available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Summary
The Rosika Schwimmer papers, 1890-1983, which constitute the bulk of the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection, document her professional life and personal interests, as well as the activities of prominent colleagues in the pacifist, suffragist, feminist and world government movements. The collection consists of correspondence; Schwimmer's literary and professional writings and speeches; subject files; documents stemming from organizations and movements in which she was active; legal, financial and real estate papers; printed matter and newspaper clippings; a small number of photographs and posters; and personal miscellany, including juvenilia, appointment and telephone books, passports and identity papers, medical files, and artifacts.
The collection documents Rosika Schwimmer's political activism in women's suffrage and reform movements in Europe prior to World War I; her work with European and American peace movements during and after World War I, especially her role in the Ford Peace Expedition and the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation, 1915-1916; her unsuccessful struggle as a pacifist to obtain American citizenship; and her active lobbying for the formation of a world government. Also; her service as Hungarian minister to Switzerland, 1918-1919; and her co-founding of the World Center for Women's Archives with historian Mary Ritter Beard. Notable correspondents include Jane Addams, Mary Ritter Beard, Carrie Chapman Catt, Henry Ford, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Lola Maverick Lloyd, Mihály Károlyi, Upton Sinclair, Baroness Bertha von Suttner, and Schwimmer's associate Edith Wynner, among many other prominent Europeans and Americans.
Access
Advance notice required. Apply at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Access to artifacts requires advance permission of the Curator of Manuscripts.
Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Biography
Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948) was a Hungarian-born writer and political activist who spent her life working for the causes of feminism, pacifism, and world government. She was the mastermind of the 1915 Ford Peace Expedition, and in 1937 co-founded the political-lobbying organization Campaign for World Government.
Language
Materials in English, Hungarian and German, with a small number of items in other European languages.
Provenance
The Rosika Schwimmer Papers were donated to the New York Public Library in 1944 with the papers of fellow activist Lola Maverick Lloyd, other Schwimmer and Lloyd family members, and associates to form the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection. In 2007, the Rosika Schwimmer Papers were re-configured as a distinct collection, under the administrative aegis of the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection. The bulk of Schwimmer's photographs, her personal library and pamphlet collections, and her vertical files are maintained separately within the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection.
Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Related collections include the Lola Maverick Lloyd Papers, the Katherine Leckie Papers, the Campaign for World Government Records, the Leopold and Berta Katscher Papers, the Schwimmer Family Papers, and the Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection Photographs; Manuscripts and Archives Division; New York Public Library.
Connect to:
Occupation
Journalists.
Pacifists.
Added Author
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958.
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947.
Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
Holmes, Oliver W. (Oliver Wendell), 1902-1981.
Károlyi, Mihály, 1875-1955.
Lloyd, Lola Maverick, 1875-1944.
Schwimmer, Franciska.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Suttner, Bertha von, 1843-1914.
Wynner, Edith.
Campaign for World Government (Organization)
Hungarian Feminists Association.
World Center for Women's Archives.
Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection.
Research Call Number
MssCol 6398
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