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5.63 linear feet ((13+1/2 file boxes) plus 2 photograph albums, 24 folders of photographs, 2 oversize folders 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio folder)
Series I, Personal Papers, contains biographical information about Strauss; her correspondence with friends and relatives; miscellaneous papers about Strauss and her great-grandmother Lucretia Mott; and letters of Carrie Chapman Catt to Jean Picker. Folders #29-32 for which original restrictions have expired were added to the collection in October 2009.
Series II, Professional Papers, comprises the bulk of the collection and reflects Strauss's involvement in organizations and activities designed to educate citizens of the United States and the world to understand each other better. The series contains some speeches and articles (subseries A) by Strauss, but the major portion consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, clippings, and the like (subseries B, C, D). The papers of the American Association for the United Nations and the United Nations Association for the United States of America are closed to researchers until January 1, 1990.
Series III, Photographs, gives a fairly complete pictorial overview of Strauss's active life. Besides pictures of Strauss, friends, and relatives, there are photographs of various meetings and trips in which Strauss was a participant. Most of the pictures are dated and identified.
In 1934 Strauss became a member of the League of Women Voters, to which she devoted the major portion of her energies for the next sixteen years. She served as president of the League of Women Voters of New York City from 1937 to 1943, and was elected national president in 1944, having filled various national offices as a member of the National Board. After her presidential term ended (1950), Strauss continued to work with the League in various capacities: president, Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, 1954-1959; trustee, Overseas Education Fund; and others.
Both Presidents Eisenhower and Truman appointed her to national and international boards and missions; the most prominent were the President's Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights (1951), and the United States Delegation to the United Nations Sixth General Assembly, which met in Paris in 1951-1952. Strauss continued her interest in the United Nations with the directorship of the American Association for the United Nations and membership in the United States Committee for the United Nations and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. During the 1960s she devoted much of her time to the Committee of Correspondence, New York City, a group of eighteen American women who exchanged ideas and experience with women leaders throughout the world in order to bring about better understanding and cooperation.
- I. Personal Papers. 1-39.
- II. Professional Papers. 40-291.
- ___A. Speeches and Articles. 40-49.
- ___B. United States Organizations. 50-211.
- ___C. United Nations Organizations. 212-243.
- ___D. Other International Organizations. 244-291.
- III. Photographs. 292v.-316.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Anna Lord Strauss were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1969, November 1972, June 1976 and March 1979 by Anna Lord Strauss.
- Printed material from League of Women Voters
- Printed material about the United Nations
- Printed material, photograph of Olympia Brown
- Printed material about Katharine Ludington, Eleanor Roosevelt
- Various pamphlets - clipped and weeded
- Duplicate photographs, other items
- National Council of Negro Women material [NCNW]
- Box 1: 1-21
- Box 2: 22-39
- Box 3: 40-59
- Box 4: 60-82
- Box 5: 83-108
- Box 6: 109-127
- Box 7: 128-150
- Box 8: 151-179
- Box 9: 180-201
- Box 10: 202-211
- Box 11: 212-236
- Box 12: 237-260
- Box 13: 261-276
- Box 14: 277-291
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
- Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. Papers of Anna Lord Strauss, 1918-1977: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- The collection was processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987).
- EAD ID
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