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2 linear feet (2 cartons)
I. Organizational records, 2-30. Correspondence, history, clippings, reports of officers, minutes, and publications; includes records of Freedom Agenda, a program to develop the community study of civil liberties that resulted in charges of "un-American activities."
II. Overseas projects, 31-63. Correspondence and reports of American and foreign participants in projects to foster democratic movements and citizen involvement. Includes reports of visits and exchanges; and papers re: lecture tours abroad by Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund/Overseas Education Fund members and campaigns against illiteracy in India and Italy.
Koshland was president of the League of Women Voters of New York State; she was also the first president (1947-1953) of the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund (later the Overseas Education Fund), member of its Board of Directors, and trustee until 1966.
The Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, a research and educational fund, was established in 1947 by the League of Women Voters of the United States in memory of the League's founder, Carrie Chapman Catt. At the close of World War II, the League received numerous requests from the State Department suggesting that it sponsor programs to promote the application of democratic principles and civic education among women abroad. Because the League had neither the financial nor professional resources to meet these requests, it created the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund as a financially and legally independent organization, "to impart to men and women in all parts of the world a knowledge of the principles and workings of self-government." It sponsored visits to the United States by foreign women, organized exchange programs, and fostered literacy programs abroad. A publications fund was established with the sale of a sapphire brooch given to Carrie Chapman Catt in gratitude for her work in gaining passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Publications included German and Japanese translations of Simplified Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, bulletins, progress reports, and pamphlets on voter education. Always a "two-way street," the exchanges also benefitted American members who learned a great deal from the interaction with countries abroad.
With the expansion of the program, the name was changed to the Overseas Education Fund, although it maintained the structure and functions of the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Lucile Wolf Heming Koshland were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lucile Heming Koshland in February 1975, and by Mrs. John Cunningham in February l976.
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By: Lucy Thoma
- Koshland, Lucile Heming. Papers of Lucile Heming Koshland, 1947-1974: A Finding Aid
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