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COLLECTION Identifier: A-136

Papers of Frieda Hennock Simons, 1922-1960


Correspondence, notes, drafts, etc., of Frieda Hennock Simons, lawyer.


  • Creation: 1922-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frieda Hennock Simons 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.


8.34 linear feet (20 file boxes)

The bulk of her papers relates to her work on the Frieda Hennock Simons, 1948-1955, and includes correspondence, notes, drafts, speeches, opinions, and general Commission material. Letters of congratulations on the important occasions of her later life show her acquaintance with important business, education, and political leaders. The collection also includes some personal correspondence before 1948 and papers relating to her legal work after 1955.


Appointed by President Truman in 1948 to the Federal Communications Commission, Frieda Hennock, a New York lawyer, was the first woman member of a major federal regulatory agency.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 303, 309

Gift of Mr. William H. Simons, 4901 Potomac Avenue, N.W., Washington 7, D.C. Received April, June 1961.


  1. Box 1: 1-20
  2. Box 2: 21-29
  3. Box 3: 30-41
  4. Box 4: 42-53
  5. Box 5: 59-71
  6. Box 6: 72-88
  7. Box 7: 89-102, vols. 1-6
  8. Box 8: 103-113
  9. Box 9: 114-130
  10. Box 10: 131-139
  11. Box 11: 140-145
  12. Boxes 12-14: Official Report of Proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Nov. 27, 1950-June 28, 1951.
  13. Box 15: 146-152
  14. Boxes 16-17: Printed material relating to the work of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  15. Box 18: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official pamphlets
  16. Box 19: 153-167
  17. Box 20: 168-174; Frieda Hennock Simons diplomas
Simons, Frieda Hennock, 1904-1960. Papers of Frieda Hennock Simons, 1922-1960: 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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