Additional papers of Mildred Robbin Leet, 1929-2002
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6.42 linear feet ((6 cartons, 1 file box), plus 1 phonograph record, electronic records)
Carton 1 includes letters written by Mildred as a child to her parents, childhood photographs, class notes, year books, scrapbooks, etc. It also contains correspondence, minutes, notes, printed materials, photographs, etc., pertaining to Leet's activism, including early speeches she wrote, through 1974.
Carton 2 contains materials pertaining primarily to organizations in which Leet participated beginning in the 1950s through the 1990s. It includes correspondence, reports, newsletters, photographs, conference announcements, schedules, minutes, notes, clippings, etc. Individual folder headings are not listed for this carton.
Carton 3 contains materials related to the Trickle Up Program [TUP] and other organizations in which Robbins participated, 1961 through 2001. The bulk of the material consists of typed papers, reports, addresses, and statements written and delivered by Leet. Notes and drafts of some papers as well as correspondence, newsletters, conference announcements, schedules, minutes, handwritten notes, clippings, etc., are also included. Folder headings were created Leet; any additional information, including description of untitled folders, appears in brackets.
Carton 4 contains printed materials related to organizations in which Robbins participated, 1976 through 1999. It includes correspondence (carbons from Leet), newsletters, conference announcements, schedules, minutes, press releases, research, clippings, etc., as well as notes, drafts, papers, reports, addresses, and statements written and/or delivered by Leet. Folder headings were created Leet; any additional information, including description of untitled folders, appears in brackets.
Carton 5 contains printed materials related to Leet's work with nonprofit organizations, especially the National Council of Women [NCW], 1958-1999. It includes correspondence, newsletters, drafts of speeches, papers and reports, photographs, tapes, conference materials, etc.
Carton 6 contains printed materials related to Leet's work with nonprofit organizations, especially the Trickle Up Program, 1980-2002. It also includes assorted miscellaneous folders pertaining to her involvement with political campaigns and activities in the 1950s and 1960s.
Box 7 contains materials pertaining to Leet's involvement with various organizations, 1957-2001. The majority of papers relate to Leet's work with Audrey Cohen College (ACC) and the College for Human Service (CHS), a nonprofit organization formed in the mid-1960s to create economic opportunities for women, enabling them to earn a one-year certificate while working as caregivers in shelters, hospitals, welfare centers, etc. Membership lists and newsletters make up the bulk of this container.
A memorial web site was captured as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).
In 1974 she married Glen Leet (1908-1998), then President of the International Society for Community Development. Among his many activities in foreign development, he served as U.N. Advisor to Greece (1947-1950), and the first United Nations Consultant on Social Welfare Policy. In the 1960s he became of President of Save the Children. Together Glen and Mildred developed Hotline International, a telecommunications conferencing program that covered five U.N. conferences from 1974 to 1978. The couple also co-founded the Trickle Up Program (1979), which continues to receive awards for its philanthropic work. The enduring program assists low-income people worldwide by providing conditional seed capital and business training. The grants enable participants to launch a small business in partnership with local agencies. The recipient of numerous degrees and honors, Leet has written and lectured widely on women and development and technology. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (2003) for philanthropic endeavors.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These addenda to the papers of Mildred Robbins Leet were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mildred Robbins Leet in August 2002.
By: Marilyn Morgan,Alina Morris
- Leet, Mildred Robbins, 1922-2011. Additional papers of Mildred Robbin Leet, 1929-2002: A Container List
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