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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 195

Papers of Louise C. Odencrantz, 1909-1968


Correspondence, manuscripts, programs, of Louise C. Odencrantz, an investigator in industrial relations.


  • 1909-1968

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Louise C. Odencrantz, as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.


.63 linear feet (1+ 1/2 file boxes)

The papers of Louise C. Odencrantz include clippings, speeches, typescript and published articles, reports, publications, and photographs. The entirety of the collection documents Odencrantz's work in personnel management and placement, which included women, children, and the handicapped. Material from the International Industrial Relations Association and biographical information are also included. Of particular note are photographs and clippings related to the Farmarettes (also known as the Land Army), a special World War I program that enlisted women to assist farmers. With men at war, extra workers were needed to grow food, especially to increase supplies to send overseas for the armed forces. Folder titles were created by the processor. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Accession number 71-103 was added to the collection in June 2015 and is located in folders #15-30.


Louise C. Odencrantz was born on August 22, 1884, in Gothenburg, Nebraska; she received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1907 and her M.A. in Social Sciences from Columbia University in 1908. From 1908 to 1915 she was an investigator in industrial relations for the Russell Sage Foundation. From 1915 through 1919 she supervised both the New York State and the United States Employment Bureaus on the wartime employment of women in industry. As Personnel Director (1919-1924) for Smith & Kaufmann, Inc., a New York City silk ribbon company, she was active in labor negotiations and employee welfare programs. In 1922 she helped organize the International Industrial Relations Association and attended its congresses as United States delegate in 1922, 1925, and 1928. From 1927 to 1936 she was Director of the Employment Center for the Handicapped in New York. For the next three years she helped organize and train new staff for the New York State Division of Placement and Unemployment Insurance, and during World War II was Executive Director of the Social Work Vocational Bureau in New York City. She retired from the business world in 1946, remaining active in many volunteer programs until her death in April 1969.

Odencrantz was the author of Italian Women in Industry (1915) and The Social Worker in Family, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work (1927), and co-author of Industrial Conditions in Springfield, Ill. (1915) and Public Employment Services in the United States (1938).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1367. Accession number 71-103 was added to the collection in June 2015 and is located in folders #15-30.

The papers of Louise C. Odencrantz were given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise C. Odencrantz in May 1968, and H. W. Smith in August 1971.


  1. Box 1: 1-14
  2. Box 2: 15-30

Processing Information

Processed: January 1974

By: Marge J. Haberman

Updated and additional material added: June 2015

By: Mark Vassar

Odencrantz, Louise C. (Louise Christine), 1884-1969. Papers of Louise C. Odencrantz, 1909-1968: 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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