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COLLECTION Identifier: A-122

Papers of Mary Ellicott Arnold, 1908-1958

Correspondence, business reports, photographs, etc., of Mary Ellicott Arnold, farmer and advocate of consumer cooperatives.


  • 1908-1958

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Ellicott Arnold 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.


.83 linear feet ((2 file boxes) plus 4 oversize volumes)

Correspondence, reports, photos, and published articles document Arnold and Reed’s work in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Maine.


Mary Ellicott Arnold and her life-long companion and co-worker, Mabel Reed, engaged in a variety of activities including farming, "Civilizing the Indians," and running cafeterias. Miss Arnold's correspondence, reports, etc. document the most important of their interests, those in the field of consumer cooperation, including the building of cooperative housing units for Nova Scotia miners and Newfoundland fishermen and the establishment of consumer cooperatives for the lobster fishermen along the Maine Coast. Mary Ellicott Arnold died at Riddle Memorial Hospital, Middletown Township, Delaware Township, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1968 at 7:00 P.M.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 337, 374, 427, 469, 729

Gift of Mary Ellicott Arnold, Ridley Creek Road, Moylan, Pennsylvania. Received 1961-1962, 1964.


Published material received with the collection and cataloged separately:
  1. Arnold, Mary Ellicott. The story of Tompkinsville. The Cooperative League, N.Y., 1940.
  2. Arnold, Mary Ellicott and Mabel Reed. In the land of the grasshopper song. Vantage Press, N.Y., 1957.
  3. Coady, M.M. Masters of their own destiny. Harpers and Brothers Publishers, N.Y., 1939.
  4. Fowler, Bertram B. The Lord helps those... The Vanguard Press, N.Y., 1938.


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-11, Vols. 1, 3
  2. Box 2: Folders 12-22, Vols. 4, 6
Arnold, Mary Ellicott. Papers of Mary Ellicott Arnold, 1908-1958: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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