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.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Also included in the collection is the correspondence of Gardner Jackson of Boston, a writer for the Nation, who had attended Harvard, and who took an active interest in the case beginning in January 1930. He kept informed of activities at the State House pertaining to the dispute, and it was he who advised Lamont to contact Margaret Wiesman, executive secretary of the Consumers' League of Massachusetts. Wiesman interviewed the fired scrubwomen (see #25). A few letters to or from the scrubwomen themselves are in #25 and #28. There are also numerous clippings and a small amount of financial information. Headings in quotation marks are those of C.L.
The Schlesinger Library's Consumers' League of Massachusetts collection (B-24) includes three folders on the Harvard scrub-women, including correspondence with Corliss Lamont.
Corliss Lamont, a Harvard alumnus of the Class of '24, initiated a protest of the underpayment of the women. As secretary of the alumni committee concerned with the matter, he was largely responsible for raising the money needed to pay the women what Harvard owed them under the minimum wage law. Lamont was then an instructor of philosophy and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. He has written on humanism, civil liberties, Soviet society, and related issues. (See Who's Who in America, 1980-1981.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Corliss Lamont about the Harvard scrubwomen matter were given to the Schlesinger Library in May 1976 by Corliss Lamont.
- Box 1: 1-26
- Box 2: 27-44
By: Elisabeth Elkind
- Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1995. Papers of Corliss Lamont, 1929-1932: A Finding Aid
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