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COLLECTION Identifier: WRC 12; M-133, reel D2

Papers of Grace Hodges Bagley in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1905-1945


Correspondence, notes, etc., of Grace Hodges Bagley, social welfare reformer and suffragist. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • 1905-1945

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm, M-133, reel D2

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Grace Hodges Bagley 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.


1 folders
Collection includes correspondence and notes of Bagley, and memorial tribute to Bagley.


Grace (Hodges) Bagley was born in Champaign, Illinois. She married Frederick Phillips Bagley; they had three children. Bagley devoted much of her life to social welfare. While she lived in Chicago, she was an early worker at Hull-House, helped to organize the first juvenile court and the first day nursery for children of working mothers and widowed fathers in Chicago, and took an active role in educating immigrants for citizenship.

The Bagleys moved to Massachusetts in about 1909; here Bagley continued her social welfare work and actively supported woman suffrage. Her numerous positions included the presidency of the Equal Suffrage Association of the 10th Norfolk District of Massachusetts; she was also director of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association, congressional chairman for Massachusetts for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and vice president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. For more information on Bagley's charitable and political interests, see the memorial tribute in the collection.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers of Grace Hodges Bagley fill one folder of the Woman's Rights Collection, which was given to Radcliffe College in August 1943 and formed the nucleus of the Women's Archives, later the Schlesinger Library. The material in this folder was prepared for microfilming in July 1989 by Janet Hayashi. It was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Related Material:

This material forms part of the Schlesinger Library's Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 (WRC).
Bagley, Grace Hodges, 1860-1944. Papers of Grace Hodges Bagley in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1905-1945: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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