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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 211

Papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette, 1945-1963


Articles, speeches, reports, correspondence, etc., of Isabel Bacon LaFollettte, vocational guidance advocate.


  • Creation: 1945-1963

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Isabel Bacon LaFollette 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.


2.75 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes, 1 oversize box)

The collection includes background articles and publications concerning aging, women, and employment collected by Isabel Bacon LaFollette; publicity about the Woman's Service Exchange, including newspaper articles, radio talks, and speeches given at clubs and conferences by Isabel Bacon LaFollette; correspondence concerning potential Woman's Service Exchange's and similar programs; and magazine articles about the program.


The Woman's Service Exchange, organized as a free public service by Isabel Bacon LaFollette, opened its doors in April 1952 at the Madison Vocational and Adult School, 211 N. Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Exchange served to bring together employers and mature middle-aged women, who received counseling and, where desired, training and refresher courses leading to part-time jobs. The success of this pilot project under the auspices of the State Department of Vocational and Adult Education led to numerous inquiries from potential Woman's Service Exchange organizers and to the opening of two other exchanges in Oshkosh and Wausau, Wisconsin. The Exchange continued its services despite Isabel LaFollette's move to New York in 1954. The Woman's Service Exchange's work continued for about a decade until its functions were absorbed by the Wisconsin State Employment Office.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1191

The papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette were deposited in the Schlesinger Library in July 1967 by Mrs. Isabel LaFollette.


  1. Box 1: 1-13
  2. Box 2: 14-24
  3. Box 3: 25-31, 31a
  4. Oversize box: volumes 1 and 2

Processing Information

Processed: January 1975

By: Karen Van Deloo

LaFollette, Isabel Bacon. Papers of Isabel Bacon LaFollette, 1945-1963: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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