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.83 linear feet ((2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 1 audiotape)
Mann was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1906, and was appointed pastor in Geneva, Illinois (1905-1906), in Keokuk, Iowa (1906-1910), and at Third Church, Chicago (1910-1925). She was Director of the West Unitarian Conference from 1912 until 1916. She married the Reverend Newton Mann in 1912; he died in 1926. In 1919 she took the place of Dr. Anna Howard Shaw on a speaking tour on behalf of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. She campaigned for Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and participated in the Illinois State Democratic campaign in 1922 and in Roosevelt's campaign in 1932. During the 1920s and 1930s she lectured extensively on art, ethics, peace and politics. Her candidacy for a diplomatic post in Europe was suggested by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1933, engaged the interest of Eleanor Roosevelt, and was supported by Molly Dewson. The appointment of a woman was, however, at the time deemed unacceptable to Europeans. In 1933, when Mann was honored by the University of Jena and lectured there, she experienced first-hand the horrors of Germany under Hitler.
On her return to America, she lectured widely on the dangers of Nazism and German militarism. She died in Chicago in 1958.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Rowena Morse Mann's niece, Rowena Morse Langer, in May 1978, and in April 1985.
- Box 1: 6, 8-23
- Box 2: 24-42
By: Jane S. Knowles
- Mann, Rowena Morse, 1870-1958. Papers of Rowena Morse Mann, 1878-1958: A Finding Aid
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