Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: 75-192--81-M133; T-79

Additional papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1959-1979


Addenda to the papers (A-159) of Clara M. (Clara Mortenson) Beyer, labor law specialist.


  • 1959-1979


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Closed while being processed.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Clara Mortenson Beyer is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


8 linear feet ((8 cartons) plus 1 audiotape)
Collection includes professional correspondence, reports, speeches, material on foreign trips and conferences, as well as family correspondence and photographs. Printed material concerns her service as consultant on labor and on women in United States foreign aid, as well as her work for the Agency for International Development and for the 1974 Percy amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act. Also one audiotape with song on the occasion of Beyer's 87th birthday, 1979.


Labor law specialist Clara Mortenson (Mrs. Otto) Beyer (1892-1990) began her career for the United States government as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board in 1918. She was executive secretary for the District of Columbia Minimum Wage Board from 1919 to 1921. In the Department of Labor she served as economist for the Children’s Bureau, 1928-1931, as director of the industrial division, 1931-1934, as associate director, 1934-1957, and from 1957 to 1958 as acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. She then served as advisor in the International Cooperation Administration, 1958-1961, and the Agency for International Development, and in various capacities with the Organization of American States, the International Labour Organisation, and other federal, international, and women's agencies.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 75-192, 78-M182, 78-M174, 81-M42, 81-M133

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1911-1965 (A-159).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: October 1978,October 1979

By: Katherine Kraft and Jane S. Knowles
Link to catalog
Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Additional papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1959-1979: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future.

3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-8647