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COLLECTION Identifier: 84-M38

Additional papers of John Graham Brooks, 1845-1938


Addenda to the papers (MC 185) of John Graham Brooks, Unitarian minister, writer, and founder of the National Consumers' League.


  • Creation: 1845-1938

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by John Graham Brooks 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.


1 linear feet ((1 carton) plus 1 photograph folder)

Correspondence, reviews, pamphlets, articles, notebooks of notes and writings, and photographs of John Graham Brooks. Some correspondence of other notable men and women is also included. Notebooks contain scholarly writings, mostly in the form of notes; clippings, typescript pages, and letters are pasted onto some pages, and the volumes are often started from both ends. They address a variety of subjects including war, criminal justice, immigration, literature, ethics, domestic and international politics, and religion.


John Graham Brooks was born in Acworth, New Hampshire, on July 19, 1846; he attended Oberlin College from 1869 to 1871 and graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1875. While ordained and serving as a Unitarian minister in Roxbury, he took an interest in economic affairs, organizing classes for workingmen, later lecturing at Harvard on socialism, and for many years acting as investigator of strikes for the United States Department of Labor. In 1880 he married Mrs. Helen Washburn and from 1882 to 1885 traveled and studied in Europe, mainly in Germany. He was the first president of the National Consumers' League, president of the American Social Science Association in 1904, and a lecturer for the League for Political Education for many years. He died on February 8, 1938.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 84-M38

These addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library by Susan Morris Brooks in March 1984.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1805-1938 (MC 185).


Various pamphlets were removed from the collection in March 1984 and deposited in the Harvard University Archives, the Harvard Theatre Collection, the Andover-Harvard Library, Schlesinger Library vertical files, the Cambridge Historical Society, the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: April 1984

By: Martha Hodes

Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. Additional papers of John Graham Brooks, 1845-1938: A Finding Aid
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