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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 439

Papers of Theresa Jacobson Morse, 1935-1951


Correspondence, reports, notes, etc., of Theresa Jacobson Morse, unit chief in the Wage Stabilization Division of Region I of the National War Labor Board, president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters, and chair of the Divisional Committee on Recreation, Informal Education and Group Work of United Community Services.


  • Creation: 1935-1951

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Theresa Jacobson Morse 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.


1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder)

The collection consists exclusively of Theresa Jacobson Morse's work-related papers. Materials from her work with the National War Labor Board consist primarily of correspondence, reports, and Morse's notes. She seems to have focused particularly on the textile industry in Massachusetts. There are syllabi, handouts, and notes from courses on labor that she took at Harvard in 1946-1947. Morse's work with the League of Women Voters evidently also focused on labor and economic issues; there are printed materials, correspondence, memos, and meeting minutes about state taxes and public expenditures in Massachusetts and on such issues as strikes and collective bargaining.

Morse's work with United Community Services is documented in memoranda, meeting minutes, and reports. Of particular note are the reports of the Recreation, Informal Education and Group Work Division on the facilities of many of the institutions in greater Boston that were affiliated with United Community Services. There are also correspondence, memos, and reports from the Massachusetts Committee of the Midcentury White House Conference on Children and Youth. Her work with the Hyams and A.C. Ratshesky Foundations and other organizations in the Jewish community is not documented in the collection.

Many of the materials were in folders when received by the library, but most of these folders were unlabelled. Morse's original folder labels appear in quotation marks in the inventory below.


Theresa Jacobson Morse was born in Cedarhurst, New York. After graduating from Woodmere Academy (New York) in 1926, she attended Barnard College for one year; she married Alan R. Morse (Harvard '19) in September 1927. Morse transferred to Radcliffe College as a "special student" and received her degree (A.B., Fine Arts) in 1934. The Morses lived in Brookline, Massachusetts, and had three children: Edith Morse Greene Milender (born 1929), Ann Morse Cohen (born 1932) and Alan R., Jr. (born 1938). Alan Morse, Sr. died in 1980.

In 1942 Morse was hired as a consultant in the consumer division of the Office for Price Administration. From 1942 to 1945 she was a unit chief in the Wage Stabilization Division of Region I of the National War Labor Board. She was president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters (1948-1951), and sat on the board of the Brookline Housing Authority (1949-1974). Active in social service work for many years, she was chair of the Divisional Committee on Recreation, Informal Education and Group Work of United Community Services (now United Way). She received the Honorable John Perkins Award for outstanding service to children and youth in 1970. She was a Trustee of Hyams Foundation and President of A.C. Ratshesky Foundation for many years.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 85-M92

The papers of Theresa Jacobson Morse were given to the Schlesinger Library by Theresa Jacobson Morse in May 1985.


  1. Box 1: 1-27
  2. Box 2: 28-59
  3. Box 3: 60-86

Processing Information

Processed: September 1996

By: Susan von Salis

Morse, Theresa Jacobson, 1909-1993. Papers of Theresa Jacobson Morse, 1935-1951: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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