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COLLECTION Identifier: 80-M140--83-M110

Papers of Louise Leonard Wright, 1916-1977 (inclusive), 1930-1963 (bulk)


Correspondence, speeches, minutes, etc., of Louise Leonard Wright, interior decorator and lecturer.


  • Creation: 1916-1977
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930-1963

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 Leonard Wright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


4.21 linear feet (4 cartons, 1/2 file box)

Louise Leonard Wright's papers concern her work as the League of Women Voters's Secretary of State and include correspondence, speeches, minutes, notes, clippings, and printed material. The collection contains no personal papers; however, it includes family and personal correspondence of Wright: League of Women Voters papers, including Wright's, correspondence with Marguerite Wells; correspondence and reports of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, of which Wright was Director, 1942-1956, and of the Institute of International Education. It includes material from many other organizations in the field of education and foreign policy with which Wright was associated.

Most folder headings are by Louise Leonard Wright.


Louise Leonard Wright, born in 1896, received the A.B. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1918 and the M.A. degree in 1920. Wright worked as an interior decorator and lecturer, and wrote American Neutrality: Toward a Collective Peace System. She served on the boards of several organizations concerned with women, civil liberties and international relations. The bulk of her time, and the subject of her papers, was the League of Women Voters of the United States. She was secretary of the League of Women Voters, 1932-1934, chair of the Committee on Government and International Cooperation, and of the Committee on Publications.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 80-M140, 81-M172, 83-M110

The records of Louise Leonard Wright were given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise Leonard Wright in July 1981.


  1. Carton 1: 1-41
  2. Carton 2: 42-69
  3. Carton 3: 70-104
  4. Carton 4: 105-124
  5. Box 5: Addenda: 1-7

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1981, July 1983

By: Gaye Williams, David Nathan

Wright, Louise Leonard, 1896-1992. Papers of Louise Leonard Wright, 1916-1977 (inclusive), 1930-1963 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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