Papers of Margaret Foley and Helen Elizabeth Goodnow, 1882-1965
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.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
The Goodnow papers include photographs, correspondence, clippings, and an invitation which provide fragmentary information about Helen Elizabeth Goodnow's interests and family. Her notebook documents some of Goodnow's suffrage work and the Massachusetts suffrage campaign; it was dismantled for preservation purposes.
In addition to her suffrage work, Margaret Foley was a Trustee for Children in the Children's Institutions Department, 1913-1920, and deputy commissioner of the Child Welfare Division in the Institutions Department, 1920-1926, both for the City of Boston. Foley never married and probably lived with her long time friend Helen Elizabeth Goodnow for many years. For further biographical information see the biography accompanying the Margaret Foley Collection (MC 404) in the Schlesinger Library. For additional papers, see MC 404, A/F663, and the Foley series of the Women's Rights Collection.
Helen Elizabeth Goodnow was born in 1894, probably into a well to do family, and lived in the Boston area. In the 1910s she campaigned for suffrage in Boston, serving as chairman of Ward 25 in Brighton, perhaps under the auspices of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association. Goodnow probably accompanied Margaret Foley on her "Southern Trip" in 1916. She was living with Foley at the time of the latter's death.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Margaret Foley and Helen Elizabeth Goodnow were purchased by the Schlesinger Library from Ahab Rare Books in June 1979. The collection was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America Project.
By: Kim Brookes
- Foley, Margaret, 1875-1957. Papers of Margaret Foley and Helen Elizabeth Goodnow, 1882-1965: A Finding Aid
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