Papers of Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt, 1885-1961
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5 linear feet ((12 file boxes) plus 1 oversize volume, 1 supersize folder)
Between 1900 and 1907 Kitchelt was a social worker at a number of settlement houses, including the College Settlement, Rivington Street, New York City; Little Italy House, Brooklyn; Lowell House, New Haven, Connecticut; and the Davis Street Settlement in Rochester. During this time she became particularly interested in working with Italian immigrants, and spent several months of 1907 in Italy, reportedly "to gain knowledge of the conditions which surround the Italians in their native land." Returning to Rochester, she opened a housekeeping center in the city's Italian neighborhood in September 1907.
In June 1911, Kitchelt married Richard Kitchelt, a native of New York City and an active socialist. The couple had no children.
By 1915, Kitchelt had become a proponent of woman's suffrage. Moving to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1918, she continued her suffrage work. She became the Citizenship Director of the Connecticut League of Women Voters in 1920, and was Executive Director of the Connecticut League of Nations Association, 1924-1944.
Once an outspoken opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, Kitchelt became Chairman of the Connecticut Committee for the ERA in 1943. She actively supported the group until 1956 when she and her husband moved to Ohio to live with Kitchelt's sister, Dorothy Zeiger.
Kitchelt was the author of several books of poetry: Poetry in the Boston Common (1910); The Public (1912); The Twentieth Century (1912); and a book of prose, The World's Work (1912). She was also on the editorial board of The Common Good, a Rochester magazine. Throughout her life, Kitchelt was an active socialist and a member of the Unitarian Society. She died in Wilberforce, Ohio, on April 4, 1961.
- Series I. Biography and Correspondence
- Series II. Publicity: Newspaper and Radio
- Series III. Special Topics
- Series IV. Equal Rights Amendment
- Series V. Legal Matters, Debates in Congress, etc.
- Series VI. Individuals and Organizations
- Series VII. Scrapbooks
- Series VIII. Journals
- Series IX. Correspondence
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1951, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1959 by Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt.
- Consumers' League of the City of New York. Report for 1905.
- Kitchelt, Florence and Farrow, Tierra. Report on a minor survey of the administration of criminal justice in Hartford and New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn. In Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, v. 17, no. 3, November 1926, pages 333-457.
- Kitchelt, Florence Cross To those asleep. (poem) In Twentieth Century Magazine v. 6., no 5, September 1912, page 1
- Kitchelt, F.C. ed. My experience as an immigrant (Antonio Simonettis dictated to Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt. In The Common Good of Civic and Social Rochester, v.6, no. 4,6, and 8. January, March, and June 1913)
- New York State Woman suffrage party. Annual report, 1917.
- Wells College verse, 1868-1918. Aurora, New York  contains poem by Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt
- American Academy of Politics and Social Science Annals, January 1947. (Essential human rights.)
- Kenyon, Dorothy and Kitchelt, Florence. Is the Equal Rights Amendment equitable to women? In Talks, v.11, no. 4, October 1946.
- Northcroft, D.M. Women at Work in the League of Nations. Keignley, Wadsworth, & Co., 1927. also 1928-1929 ed.
- Harrison, Gladys Against "Equal Rights" by constitutional amendment, a reply Washington, Committee on Legal Status of Women, National League of Women Voters, December 1928. 15 pages
- Addams, Jane. A function of the social settlement. American Academy of Politics and Social Science publication no. 251, May 16, 1899.
- Abbott, Edith & Breckinridge, S.P. The wage-earning woman and the State. Boston, Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Governors, 1912.
- [Sprague] Blanche Hazard The life of primitive woman. The Cornell reading courses, v.4., no. 91. July 1, 1915.
- College settlement, New York 9 pamphlets.
- Addams, Jane. The subjective value of social settlements. reprint n.d. 13 pages
- College Settlements Association. After 25 years... from C.S.A. anniversary report, 1889-1904.
- Henry Street Settlement. Report, 1893-1913.
- Journal of Human Relations. Winter 1956. For Kitchelt: "A chapter in the history of human rights."
- Box 1: 1-13
- Box 2: 14-35
- Box 3: 36-69
- Box 4: 70-98
- Box 5: 99-140
- Box 6: 141-177
- Box 7: 178-205
- Box 8: 206-243
- Box 9: 244-253, 268-281
- Box 10: vol.1-vol.8
- Box 11: vol.9; 254-267
- Box 12: 254-267
By: Doreen Drury, Elizabeth Young
- Cam, Helen M. (Helen Maud), 1885-1968
- Connecticut--Social conditions
- Emigration and immigration
- Equal rights amendments
- International organization
- Italian Americans--New York (State)
- Journals (notebooks)
- New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions
- Rochester (N.Y.)--Social conditions
- Social service
- Social settlements
- Social workers
- Voyages and travels
- Women's rights
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
- Kitchelt, Florence Ledyard Cross, 1874-1961. Papers of Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt, 1885-1961: A Finding Aid
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