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COLLECTION Identifier: 83-M77--83-M103

Papers of Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan, 1882-1922


Scrapbook, programs, journal, etc,. of Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan, great-granddaughter of abolitionist Lucretia Mott.


  • 1882-1922

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
This collection consists of the papers of Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan and her mother, Lucretia Mott Hallowell Churchill. Among Lucretia Mott Hallowell Churchill's papers are a scrapbook from the 1880s detailing the interests and social activities of a young girl in Boston, issues of a student magazine containing poems and essays on being a schoolgirl, and an 1892 account of a two-week stay at Putnam Camp in Keene Valley, New York. Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan's 1922 camping trip in Wyoming with the family of her fiance is represented by a letter, provision list, and photographs.

The papers pertaining to Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan's work at Clark are at the Goddard Library at Clark University; papers about her attempt to re-enter Radcliffe are in the Radcliffe College Archives.


Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan, the daughter of Frank Spooner and Lucretia Mott (Hallowell) Churchill, and great-great granddaughter of the abolitionist Lucretia Mott, was born on November 16, 1898. After attending the Frances W. Parker School in Chicago, and Radcliffe College from 1916 to 1920, she taught school in Boston and at Bancroft School in Worcester. In 1923 she married H. Donaldson Jordan (Harvard '18), professor of history at Clark University. They had two sons and one daughter.

Jordan served on the board of the Clark University Women's Club and was its president for several terms. When Clark began to admit women, Jordan helped prepare the incoming women for campus life. During World War II she worked as a volunteer at a local hospital. A capable nurse, at the age of 70 she became interested in the care of the terminally ill, and enrolled in classes in that field. This return to academe prompted her to try to complete the requirements for her Radcliffe degree, but she did not succeed. Jordan died on February 24, 1979, in Washington, D.C.

Lucretia Mott Hallowell Churchill (1867-1958) was raised in the Boston area. After her marriage to Frank S. Churchill (Harvard 1886, M.D. 1890), she moved to Chicago, where she did volunteer work for numerous charitable organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 83-M77, 83-M103

These papers of Lucretia Mott (Churchill) Jordan were given to the Schlesinger Library in April and May 1983 by Barbara Jordan Grinberg, the daughter of Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: June 1986

By: Anne Engelhart, Christine Fasano
Link to catalog
Jordan, Lucretia Mott Churchill, 1898-1979. Papers of Lucretia Mott Churchill Jordan, 1882-1922: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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