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Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-124
The collection contains chiefly personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979), including family correspondence and papers related to her professional and organizational life.

Researchers should note that additional Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon papers which originally were part of the same collection were given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1983 by the same donor who gave the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers to Radcliffe College in 1982. This larger collection also contains personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon as well as family papers and is named the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers, RG 5/123. The collections are administered as two separate collections. However, the checklists for both collections refer to related material.

Dates

  • 1906-1979

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Overview

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979) was born into an extended Quaker family who lived for generations in Clarke and Loudon counties, Virginia. She moved beyond the Virginia Quaker community to a career in the women's movement, first as a campaigner for women's suffrage (1917-1920), then as an educator and political activist in Virginia (1920-1928) and finally as a research economist for the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor (1928-1956). During her retirement years, Pidgeon became active in Quaker affairs. The collection contains personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979), including family and other correspondence and papers relating to her activities as student, suffragette. and in her professional and organizational work.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979) was born into an extended Quaker family who lived for generations in Clarke and Loudon counties, Virginia. She moved beyond the Virginia Quaker community to a career in the women's movement, first as a campaigner for women's suffrage, 1917-1920, then as an educator and political activist in Virginia, 1920-1928, and finally as a research economist for the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1928-1956. During her retirement years, Pidgeon became active in Quaker affairs.
1890
Born, August 2, Wadesville, Clarke County, Virginia, daughter of Lewis Pidgeon (1859-1951) and Susan Talbott Williams Pidgeon (1860-1942).
1904-1906
Attended school at Waterford, Virginia.
1906-1909
Attended George School, Pa., graduating in 1909.
1909-1913
Attended Swarthmore College, received B.A. (English) in 1913.
1914-1916
Teacher, Media Friends School, Media, Pa.
1917-1920
Field Secretary, National American Woman Suffrage Association, located principally in New York, South Dakota, Virginia, and North Carolina.
1920-1926
Director, Bureau of Citizenship Education, Extension Division, University of Virginia.
1921
Chairman, Executive Committee, Virginia Governor's Conference on Governmental Efficiency.
1920-1928
Chairman, Efficient Government Committee, Virginia League of Women Voters.
1922-1928
Executive Secretary, Virginia Women's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations.
1924
M.A. (Political Science), University of Virginia.
1925
Studied at Fédération Universitaire Internationale, Geneva, Switzerland.
1926-1927
Fellow in Political Science, University of Chicago (candidate for Ph.D.)
1928
Appointed Assistant Editor, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
1930-1956
Director, Division of Research, Women's Bureau; retired in 1956.
1967
Moved from Washington, D.C. to Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md.
1979
Died at Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series:
  1. Biographical and pictorial
  2. Family correspondence
  3. Other writings
  4. Diaries, finances and notes
  5. School papers
  6. Professional and organization work
  7. Miscellaneous printed material

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On indefinite loan from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 1984.
Immediate Source of Acquisition The collection was given by Mary-Susan Robare, niece of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, to Radcliffe College in 1982. Other related papers in the same collection were given to Friends Historical Library, designated the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers. RG 5/123. The collection at the Schlesinger Library was transferred to Friends Historical Library in 1984 to reunite the two parts of a single collection in one depository, but they were processed and catalogued separately since they belong to two different institutions.

Related Materials

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers, RG 5/123

Processing Information

Processed by Jane Knowles of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. Received in three cartons. Arrangement and order retained when transferred to document boxes at FHL, and stored with other Record Group 5 collections. Checklists for the two collections are cross-indexed.
Title
An Inventory of the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers, 1906-1979
Author
FHL staff
Date
1984
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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