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COLLECTION Identifier: A-57: M-83

Papers of Maud Nathan, 1890-1938


Reports, clippings, etc., of Maud Nathan, suffragist and consumer advocate.


  • Creation: 1890-1938

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-83.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Maud Nathan as well as 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.


4.67 linear feet (2 folio boxes, 2 folio+ boxes)

Mrs. Maud Nathan who send this box of her archives is a distinguished member of a distinguished line of Spanish-Portuguese Jews who lived in New York for eight generations. Among her close relatives as her contemporaries were Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo and Emma Lazarus. Robert Nathan, novelist and poet, is her nephew. Her husband, Frederick Nathan, was likewise a prominent figure and they graced many a platform together during the suffrage campaign. Mr. Nathan organized the International Men's League for Woman Suffrage - an invaluable aid for the cause.

In these archives which elaborate her autobiography, are materials relative to her long public career. They cover her helping to found the New York Consumers' League and later the National Consumers' League; her work for woman suffrage which began when she discovered that she could not get hearings before the state legislature in behalf of her interest in social welfare work as easily as voting men if at all; her activities in connection with the peace movement; her contacts with men and women in high places in Europe and the Orient, her influence in her own country as well as in foreign countries and their acknowledgment; her role as singer; her function as hostess; and innumerable other features in her life. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution She has placed in these scrapbooks some of her published work as letters and articles. She has also inserted poems, articles, and other items which impressed her so much with their power that she made them part of herself. There are tributes to her from notable persons on this side and the other side of the Atlantic.

Mainly newspaper clippings re the activities of Maud Nathan in New York society, in the Consumers' League of New York, and the National Consumers' League, and her work for woman suffrage, and as a delegate to many international congresses - for peace, suffrage, the working girls, and social betterment. Many reports of speeches. Volume 8 given over to reviews and many letters re her book, The story of an epoch-making movement.


New York society woman and social reformer, Maud Nathan was president of the New York Consumers' League from 1897 to 1917; vice-president of the National Consumers' League; a suffrage worker; and delegate to international congresses for peace, suffrage, working women, and social betterment.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received July 1944

Gift of Maud Nathan (Mrs. Frederick Nathan), 225 West 86th St., New York City

Reel Guide

  1. Reel 1: v.1 - v.5
  2. Reel 2: v.6 - v.12

Container List

  1. Folio+ Box 1: v.5 - v.6, v.11 - v.12
  2. Folio+ Box 2: v.7 - v.10
  3. Folio Box 3: v.3
  4. Folio Box 3a: v.4
  5. Folio Box 4: v.1
  6. Folio Box 4a: v.2
Nathan, Maud, 1862-1946. Papers of Maud Nathan, 1890-1956: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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