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Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979) was born into an extended Quaker family who lived for generations in Clarke and Loudon counties, Virginia. She moved beyond the Virginia Quaker community to a career in the women's movement, first as a campaigner for women's suffrage, 1917-1920, then as an educator and political activist in Virginia, 1920-1928, and finally as a research economist for the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, 1928-1956. During her retirement years, Pidgeon became active in Quaker affairs.

Although this collection contains mainly the personal papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979), there are also significant family papers of the Pidgeon, Williams, and related families, Quakers from Clarke and Loudon Counties in northern Virginia. They were mostly farmers and small businessmen, as well as leaders in Quaker affairs. Most prominent was William Williams (1816-1893), Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's maternal grandfather, who for many years was a minister of Fairfax Monthly Meeting and President of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Loudon County. Many generations of the Pidgeon family were active in Hopewell Monthly Meeting.

During the Civil War, the Unionist sympathies of the Quakers aroused suspicion among their Virginia neighbors, leading to William Williams's arrest in 1863. The collection also includes letters and related documents of Samuel Lukens Pidgeon (1817-1902), Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's grandfather, from the Civil War years. Quaker education was an enduring concern of these families, evident from numerous letters written from Quaker schools, especially George School and Swarthmore College, and including Alexandria Boarding School (Alexandria, Va.), and Taylor Academy, (Wilmington, Del.) The family correspondence is the most significant, especially the many letters received by Susan Talbott Williams Pidgeon (1860-1942, daughter of William Williams) from her daughters Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon and Dorothy Everett Pidgeon Berry, and Hanna Conrow Williams Tomlinson, who was raised by her after being orphaned at a young age. The collection also include genealogies, memorials, journals, essays, poetry, legal and financial papers, albums, and pictures. Above all these papers describe through letters, journals, and religious writings, a family network of devoted Quaker women.

The collection contains chiefly personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (1890-1979), including correspondence, diaries, papers relating to her activities as student and teacher, publications and research reports, reminiscences, financial records, and notes relating to her activities as suffragette and involvement with National League of Women Voters, educator and political activist in Virginia (1920-1928), and work (1928-1956) as research economist for U.S. Women's Bureau; together with correspondence, diaries, legal and financial papers, genealogies, albums, essays, poetry, pictures, and other papers of the Pidgeon, Williams, and allied families.

During the Civil War, the Unionist sympathies of the Quakers aroused suspicion among their Virginia neighbors, leading to William Williams's arrest in 1863. The collection also includes letters and related documents of Samule Lukens Pidgeon (1817-1902), Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's grandfather, from the Civil War years. Quaker education was an enduring concern of these families, evident from numerous letters written from Quaker schools, especially George School and Swarthmore College, and including Alexandria Boarding School (Alexandria, Va.), and Taylor Academy, (Wilmington, Del.) The family correspondence is the most significant, especially the many letters received by Susan Talbott Williams Pidgeon (1860-1942, daughter of William Williams) from her daughters Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon and Dorothy Everett Pidgeon Berry, and Hanna Conrow Williams Tomlinson, who was raised by her after being orphaned at a young age. The collection also include genealogies, memorials, journals, essays, poetry, legal and financial papers, albums, and pictures. The family papers describe through letters, journals, and religious writings a family network of devoted Quaker women. Researchers should note that additional Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon papers which originally were part of the same collection were given to Radcliffe College in 1982 by the same donor who gave the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. This smaller collection which also contains personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon was transferred to Friends Historical Library in 1984 on indefinite loan, designated as the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers, RG 5/124. The collections are administered as two separate collections, but are cross indexed.

The collection is arranged in twenty-two series, series 1-7 contain family papers and series 8-22 contain the personal and professional papers of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (designated MEP). Checklist cross-references topics to related material in the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers, RG 5/124.

The series are:

  1. Biographical and genealogical, Pidgeon and allied families
  2. Journals (1795-1930)
  3. Family correspondence, arranged by correspondent and then chronologically
  4. Manuscript writings
  5. Legal and financial papers
  6. Albums
  7. Family miscellaneous
  8. MEP biographical, including reminiscences
  9. MEP diaries and day-books (1926-1979)
  10. MEP correspondence
  11. MEP publications
  12. MEP manuscript writings
  13. MEP University of Chicago papers
  14. MEP Campaign for Woman Suffrage
  15. MEP University of Virginia papers
  16. MEP political and civic activities
  17. MEP Women's Bureau, U.S. Depart. of Labor
  18. MEP finances
  19. MEP conference attended
  20. MEP notes
  21. MEP travel notes
  22. MEP pictures

Donor: Mary-Susan Robare, 1983

The collection was given by Mary-Susan Robare, niece of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon. Other related papers in the same collection were given to Radcliffe College and are presently on loan in Friends Historical Library, designated the Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Schlesinger Library Papers. RG 5/124.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
1983
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Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. "Notes on the Pidgeon Family and Allied Families.".
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Typescript with information on the Pidgeon, Walker, Chandlee, Frame, Brooke, Janney,a nd Biles families.

Archival Resource Key. "Notes on the Williams Family and Allied Families.".
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Typescript with information on the Williams, Neill, Walker, Janney, and Talbott families.

Archival Resource Key. Janney, Samuel M. (1798-1879), Goose Creek M.M.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Williams, William (1816-1893), Fairfax M.M.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Walker, James M. (1818-1890), Fairfax M.M.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Cassandra (1864-1957), Hopewell M.M.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Also includes a remembrance notebook for her.

Archival Resource Key. Memorial album prepared for Rebecca Russell Pidgeon (1857-1941) shortly after her death.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Newspaper clippings, mostly obituaries for family members.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous biographical and genealogical information.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Catalogued and placed with other marriage certificates in Chart Case.

Archival Resource Key. William Williams and Elizabeth Everott, Fairfax M.M., 1769.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. John Williams and Lydia Niell, Hopewell M.M., 1804.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Isaac Pidgeon and Elizabeth Walker, Hopewell M.M., 1812.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Mahlon Chandlee and Catherine Frame, Kennett M.M., 1818.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Birth dates of their children listed on the back.

Archival Resource Key. Samuel S. Pidgeon and Sarah M. Chandlee, Sandy Spring M.M., 1850.
Box 1

Archival Resource Key. Neill, Rachel, journal, 1805-1808.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

At back: "An Account of Travelling Friends That Visited Hopewell Meeting," 1795-1813.

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Samuel Lukens (1817-1902), journal of a trip from Virginia to Ohio, 1840.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. [Williams, Mary E.?] (1822-1875), Journal of a trip from Virginia to Ohio, 1846.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Chandlee, Eliza (1822-1854), journal, 1850-1852.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Williams, Rebecca K., Journals, 1854-1870.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926), Journals, 1890s-c. 1909.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942), journal, 1897-1905.
Box 1
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee (1855-1930), Journals, 1914-1930.
Box 1

Scope and Contents

For additional see Pidgeon family Series 2.

Archival Resource Key. Chandlee, Mahlon (1790-1890), 1858-1888 and n.d.
Box 2
Archival Resource Key. Chandlee, Eliza (1822-1854), 1850-1854.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Some letters, 1853-54, are from relatives reporting her illness and death.

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Samuel Lukens (1817-1902) and his wife, Sarah Marshall (Chandlee) (b. 1825) letters, 1841-1882.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes his letters while at Alexandria Boarding School, 1841-1842, and their correspondence during the Civil War.

Archival Resource Key. Walker family, 1836-1886.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes a letter written from Earlham College, 1853.

Archival Resource Key. Williams, William (1816-1893), his wife Mary Ruth (Walker), and their son, 1830-1875, n.d.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Mostly concerning family affairs, such as the death of two young Richmond, Ind., in 1872 and at Taylor Academy, Wilmington, Del., 1874-75. Includes a letter, 1830, to John Williams, merchant, from the firm of Thomas and George, Baltimore, Md. Includes a letter in 1856 written to William by his nephew Nathaniel Janney from Westtown School

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Lewis (1859-1951), mostly family correspondence, principally with his wife Susan Talbott, 1872-1945.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Susan married Lewis Pidgeon in 1888. Letters from principal family members are grouped together and arranged in the order

Archival Resource Key. Walker family, 1893-1939.
Box 3
Archival Resource Key. Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926), 1902-1920.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

As the second wife of William Williams, Mary Ruth was Susan's stepmother.

Archival Resource Key. Williams, Hannah A. (Conrow) (d. 1894), 1879-1894.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Hannah was a schoolmate of Susan's at Swarthmore College. These letters were written from Cinnaminson, N.J. prior to Hannah's marriage to James Walker Williams.

Archival Resource Key. Williams, James Walker, son of James and Hannah, 1894-1923 and n.d..
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes letters from James's wife, Esther, and one letter in 1894.

Archival Resource Key. Williams family, 1885-1919 and n.d.
Box 3
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Mary Elizabeth (1890-1979).
Box 3
Scope and Contents

See Ser. 10 and Pidgeon (M.E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 14.

Archival Resource Key. Tomlinson, Hannah Conrow (Williams) (1894-1959), 1907-1942 and n.d.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Hannah Tomlinson was the daughter of James and Hannah Williams. She was orphaned at a young age and raised by Susan and Lewis Pidgeon. Some of her early letters, 1910-1913, were written home while a student at George School. Among the later letters are ones written by her husband Carroll Tomlinson.

Archival Resource Key. Berry, Dorothy Everett (Pidgeon) (b. 1899), 1910-1942.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Some letters were written home from George School to her parents, Susan and Lewis. See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 13.

Archival Resource Key. Moon, Carrie B.,, 1888-1922 and n.d.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Most of the letters were written from Washington, D.C. Friends General Conference, 1930-1934.

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence to Susan and Lewis Pidgeon from relatives and friends,, 1863-1942 and n.d.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically. Includes letters received by Susan and Lewis Pidgeon on their 50th wedding anniversary, 1938.

Scope and Contents

Essays, mostly on religious subjects. Since few of these brief essays are titled, they are arranged according to subject as indicated below:

Archival Resource Key. "An Account of William Williams Taken Hostage by the Confederates", October 4-5-6, 1963.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Written in 18M and published in Waterford Foundation's 20th Annual Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit.

Physical Description

with typescript copy

Archival Resource Key. Historical writings.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Concerning early Virginia meeting houses and the founding of Waterford, Virginia.

Archival Resource Key. Friends meetings and First-Day Schools.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Bible.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Capital and labor.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Christian ethics.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Citizenship and government.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Education.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. God (nature of).
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Jesus Christ.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Science and religion.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Simplicity and plainness (Quaker testimonies).
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Slavery and race.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Temperance.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. War and peace.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Women.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Including some items written for "The Household," a local social club.

Archival Resource Key. Worship and prayer.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Religious poetry.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Commemorative poetry, to honor people or occasions.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous poetry, much of it humorous.
Box 7
Archival Resource Key. Essays, mostly on religious subjects.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

A section on Friends schools appeared in Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934.

Archival Resource Key. Poetry.
Box 8
Archival Resource Key. Fragmentary writings and notes, mostly on religious subjects.
Box 8
Archival Resource Key. "The Phonograph", 1880.
Box 8
Archival Resource Key. "The White Star", 1893.
Box 8
Archival Resource Key. "The Clover Leaf", 1908-9.
Box 8
Physical Description

4 issues

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous writings, mostly commemorative poetry.
Box 8

Archival Resource Key. Chandlee family deeds and related papers, mostly concerning land.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Chandlee, Mahlon estate papers, 1789-1898 and n.d.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Janney, Mahlon, and other members of the Janney family, Account book, 1804-1822.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Mostly concerning the estate of Mahlon Janney.

Archival Resource Key. Janney, Samuel and Elizabeth, deeds, 1856.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Neill, Lewis, indenture and will, 1808, 1833.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Copies of deeds and related historical material for "Circle Hill Farm", Fairfax County, Virginia, purchased, 1812-17.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Other deeds and related papers for land purchases elsewhere in Virginia and in Ohio, 1797-1832 and n.d.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Civil War documents, mostly passes and receipts,, 1861-1869 and n.d.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Deeds and financial papers, 1850-1883.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Inventories and accounts for Samuel L. Pidgeon estate.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Rebecca R. (1857-1940), account books, 1901-1936.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Lewis (1859-1951), estate inventories.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942), lists of personal property, including wedding presents.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 10.

Archival Resource Key. Papers concerning share received of Mahlon Chandlee estate.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Account book for house maintenance, 1931-1944.
Box 9
Archival Resource Key. Certificates to teach.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Contracts for teaching Positions.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Recommendations and lists of schools where she taught.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Certificates for attending summer courses.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Retirement records.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Estate papers.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Walker family, deeds, 1820-1871.
Box 10
Archival Resource Key. Williams family, papers, 1806-1927.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Mostly concerning land and estates, but including a certificate for William Williams as an Elector from Virginia for President and Vice President of the United States

Archival Resource Key. Williams, William (1816-1893), estate papers.
Box 10

Archival Resource Key. Williams, Rebecca K., commonplace book with some accounts, 1847-1867.
Box 11
Physical Description

1 small vol.

Archival Resource Key. Williams, Elizabeth, composition and poetry books,, 1863-1866.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Kept while a student at Earlham College and at Bellevue Female Institute.

Physical Description

3 vols.

Archival Resource Key. Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926), 1916.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Album of clippings made for Susan T. Pidgeon, concerning mostly Quaker subjects.

Physical Description

1 volume

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee (1855-1930), commonplace book, including record of plants examined, 1872-1874.
Box 11
Archival Resource Key. Berry, Dorothy Everett (Pidgeon) (b. 1899), school notebook, Leland Powers School, Boston, Mass., 1918.
Box 11

Archival Resource Key. Walker, Mary Ruth (later Williams), at Sharon Female Seminary, ca. 1860.
Box 12
Archival Resource Key. Williams, Susan (later Pidgeon), grade report from Swarthmore College, 1877.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Includes page from French notebook.

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Rebecca R.J., grade reports from Westtown School, 1873.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Includes miscellaneous programs and certificates, 1877-1881.

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Lewis, grade reports from Sharon Female Seminary and Swarthmore College, 1869, 1879-1880.
Box 12
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Susan and Lewis, 1867-1942.
Box 12
Archival Resource Key. Chandlee, Pidgeon, Williams, and Walker families, 1837-1935.
Box 12
Archival Resource Key. Inventory and photocopies of title pages of books included with Pidgeon Family Papers.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

The actual books were not retained with the collection.

Archival Resource Key. Biographical material--Articles, resumes, birth certificate (photostat).
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Who's Who and related biographical directories.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Awards and certificates of recognition.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Letterheads of organizations for which Mary E. Pidgeon worked.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Associations, mostly professional women's organizations, to which Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon belonged.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Identification cards.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Reports of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College, containing Mary E. Pidgeon's notes about important women she knew, 1966-72.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Mostly written during the 1970s, reviewing her life and career. It is arranged in chronological segments, approximating the major periods of her life, as follows:

Archival Resource Key. General reminiscences.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Family connections and Virginia home life.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Including a biographical sketch of her father, Lewis Pidgeon.

Archival Resource Key. Early years through graduation from Swarthmore.
Box 13

Archival Resource Key. University of Virginia,, 1920-1927.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Including transcript of oral interview for the University of Virginia, 1976.

Archival Resource Key. Women's Bureau, 1928-1939.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Women's Bureau, 1940-1949.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Women's Bureau, 1952-1956.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Retirement years, 1958-1975.
Box 13
Archival Resource Key. Retirement years, 1975-1979.
Box 13

Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 4, Folder 27.

Archival Resource Key. Diaries, 1944, 1945, 1948, and 1957-1968.
Box 14
Archival Resource Key. Desk calendars from office at Women's Bureau, 1928-1939, 1941-1956.
Box 15
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1926.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1933.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1941.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1947.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1952-1957.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1957-1959 (parts).
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1960.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1966.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1970.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1971.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1973.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1974.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1976.
Archival Resource Key. Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1979.

Scope and Contents

Mostly letters written by MEP, these letters concern her education and career, as well as family matters. Arranged as indicated below. See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folders 5-8.

Archival Resource Key. Letters to MEP from Susan Pidgeon.
Box 17
Archival Resource Key. Letters to MEP from Lewis Pidgeon.
Box 17
Archival Resource Key. Letters to Susan and Lewis Pidgeon from MEP.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folders 13-15.

Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Cassandra, 1907-1957 and n.d.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee, 1900-1929.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon, Rebecca R., 1896-1936 and n.d.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Tomlinson, Hanna Conrow (Williams) and husband Carroll, 1929-1961 and n.d.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Other letters by MEP to her family.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Christmas letters by MEP to family and friends, 1929-1979.
Box 18
Archival Resource Key. Letters received from other family members and friends.
Box 19-20
Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically. See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folders 17-18, 20-25.

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence about employment See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folder 19., 1912-1928 and n.d.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence concerning Virginia politics, 1929-1973.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Letters to the editor (particularly the Washington Post) and to elected officials, 1962-1972.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Friends House, Sandy Spring. Md., 1969-1976.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Friends Meeting of Washington, 1950s.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Potomac Quarterly Mtg., Ministry and Counsel, 1950s.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Other Quaker agencies, 1925-1973 and n.d.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 60-6.

Archival Resource Key. Invitations, 1908-1978 and n.d.
Box 21
Archival Resource Key. Christmas cards received, mostly in later years.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folder 26.

Archival Resource Key. Major articles, 1922-1956.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Mostly written while at Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor. Arranged chronologically; for a bibliography, see first folder of Series 11.

Archival Resource Key. Book reviews written by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, 1950-1973 and n.d.
Box 24
Archival Resource Key. Articles and reviews written by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon for Friends Journal. .
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Also includes correspondence with editor, arranged chronologically, 1925-1973, and n.d.

Archival Resource Key. Reviews and announcements of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's work (not written by her), 1921-1952 and n.d.
Box 24

Archival Resource Key. "The Watkins Family", 1897.
Box 25
Archival Resource Key. Articles on politics and women's issues, 1920-1932.
Box 25
Archival Resource Key. Articles on Quaker and religious subjects, 1944-1976 and n.d.
Box 25
Archival Resource Key. "Spreading the News," outline of play written while at Friends House, 1970?.
Box 25
Archival Resource Key. Poems by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon.
Box 25
Archival Resource Key. Poems of the Writers' Group, Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md. While MEP participated in the group, most of the poems are not by her.
Box 25

Archival Resource Key. Wadesville, VA, grade report from public school, 1901.
Archival Resource Key. Grade reports, 1907-1908.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Student activities.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Class reunions and alumni activities.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 5.

Archival Resource Key. Grade reports and transcripts, 1914-1926.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Student activities.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Class reunions and alumni activities.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 5.

Archival Resource Key. Graduation programs and recommendations.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. "The Government of the County in Virginia," Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's M.A. Thesis, 1924.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Course papers in government and in English literature.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Alumni activities and correspondence regarding an oral interview with her.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

For a transcript of the interview see Series 8.

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous printed material on University of Virginia.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Hood for M.A. Degree, see Relic #326.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Geneva School of International Studies.
Box 26
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence and general information, 1926-1933.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Papers for courses in political science and public welfare administration.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Course notes and examination booklet.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous material on Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's studies.
Box 27

Archival Resource Key. New York State Woman Suffrage Party.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 32

Archival Resource Key. Other woman suffrage activities.
Box 27

Scope and Contents

Records of her work in the Extension-Division, including teaching, organizing conferences, and legislative activity. For her own studies at the University of Virginia, see Series 13.

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence, 1921-1927 and n.d.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Reports.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Course and program descriptions.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Extension series pamphlets, see also Ser. 11.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Extension teaching courses.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. Lecture series at Normal Schools.
Box 27
Archival Resource Key. University of Virginia catalogues and program announcements.
Box 28
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 36.

Archival Resource Key. Leaflets and other printed material issued by the Extension Division, also leaflets of local programs.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Newspaper clippings reporting Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's speeches and related activities.
Box 28

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence, 1923-1954 and n.d.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Civil service, 1921, 1922.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Efficiency in Government Department.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Publications, 1917-1926 and n.d.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Material from state and local affiliates, 1919-1936 and n.d.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. Material from other national civic organizations, 1920-1924 and n.d.
Box 28
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 39.

Archival Resource Key. National Women's Trade Union League, material from conventions, 1936, 1947.
Box 28
Archival Resource Key. General and educational material.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence, 1920-1923.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Legislative program.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Bills and background for specific legislation.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Research on taxation in Virginia.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Conference on Governmental Efficiency.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Newspaper clippings, 1924-1940 and n.d.
Box 29
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Fol. 37-38

Archival Resource Key. Virginia Commission for the Blind, 1924.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Virginia Good Roads Association.
Box 29
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 35.

Archival Resource Key. Virginia Women's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations, 1912-1945 and n.d.
Box 29
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folder 41.

Archival Resource Key. Other Virginia women's civic organizations.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Democratic Party, Virginia State Convention, 1924.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Virginia Wage and Hour Law (proposed), 1938.
Box 29
Archival Resource Key. Official reports from General Assembly of Virginia and various executive agencies (some with annotations by MEP), 1912-1945 and n.d.
Box 30-31
Archival Resource Key. Newspaper clippings and other reference material on Virginia politics, 1926-1945 and n.d.
Box 30-31
Archival Resource Key. Published material about women's rights and labor, 1921-1975 and n.d.
Box 30-31

Archival Resource Key. Women's Bureau, History and program, 1930-1975 and n.d.
Box 32
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence and memos by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon and other staff, 1929-1965 and n.d.
Box 32
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 50

Archival Resource Key. Reports by MEP.
Box 33
Scope and Contents

Many are drafts of articles, perhaps published later.

Archival Resource Key. Reports as special consultant.
Box 33
Archival Resource Key. Budget (material about programs submitted for annual budget requests), 1932/33-1956/57.
Box 33
Archival Resource Key. miscellaneous.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. job descriptions and qualifications.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. pay receipts.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. efficiency ratings and awards.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. employee leave record.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. travel.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. change of status notices.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. Notices from U.S. Dept. of Labor concerning Civil Service regulations and personnel policies.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. Invitations to MEP to attend White House receptions,, 1935-1941 and 1948.
Box 34
Scope and Contents

Receptions, hosted by Mrs. Roosevelt and Mrs. Truman, were planned to recognize professional women in government service.

Archival Resource Key. Album presented to MEP on her retirement, 1956.
Box 34
Archival Resource Key. Congratulatory letters and other material relating to the retirement of MEP.
Archival Resource Key. Publications of Women's Bureau,, 1922-1975.
Box 35
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folders 42-47 and 49.

Archival Resource Key. MEP's notes on publications.
Box 35
Archival Resource Key. Department of Commerce, 1951-1956.
Box 35
Archival Resource Key. Department of Labor, 1938-1955 and n.d.
Box 35
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous, 1941-1973.
Archival Resource Key. Periodicals and other publications received by staff library of Women's Bureau.
Box 36
Archival Resource Key. Newspaper clippings about Women's Bureau, 1947-1962.
Box 36
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 48.

Archival Resource Key. Drafts of articles prepared for publication.
Box 36
Archival Resource Key. Absenteeism by women workers.
Box 36
Archival Resource Key. Census data.
Box 36
Archival Resource Key. Equal pay for women.
Box 37
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 51.

Archival Resource Key. Health of women workers.
Box 37
Archival Resource Key. Industrial plants surveyed by Women's Bureau, 1942-1945.
Box 37
Archival Resource Key. International work.
Box 37
Archival Resource Key. Postwar employment of women.
Box 37
Archival Resource Key. Women In industry.
Box 38
Archival Resource Key. Women in defense industries, World War I and II.
Box 38
Archival Resource Key. Women in the Southern U.S.
Box 38
Archival Resource Key. Women Workers in the Changing Economic Scene miscellaneous research notes.
Box 38
Scope and Contents

For other research files, see also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folders 52-53.

Archival Resource Key. Speeches by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (notes and related material).
Box 39
Archival Resource Key. Concerning the history of the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Box 39
Archival Resource Key. About staff meetings in the Women's Bureau.
Box 39
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous other work notes.

Archival Resource Key. Accounts, mostly, 1937-1938.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Insurance and annuities, 1936-1965.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Royalties.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Federal, 1931-1970.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. District of Columbia, 1939-1966.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Maryland, 1967-1969.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Virginia, state income and personal property, 1940-1966.
Box 40
Archival Resource Key. Virginia, local property, 1926-1961.
Box 40
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 4, Folder 28.

Archival Resource Key. American Association of University Women, Washington, D.C., 1961.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Woman's Centennial Congress, New York, 1940.
Box 41
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 55-59.

Archival Resource Key. Conference commemorating its 40th anniversary, 1960.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Conference commemorating its 50th anniversary, 1970.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. U.S. Department of Labor, 50th anniversary, 1963.
Box 41
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 60.

Archival Resource Key. Friends Committee on National Legislation,, 1953, 1964, 1977, and n.d.
Box 42 Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, 1959, 1961, 1963-1965, and 1977.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Friends General Conference, 1952, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, and 1970.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Pendle Hill, 1963, 1964.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Quaker peace conferences and peace witnesses, 1950-1966.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Other Quaker conferences, mostly on faith and worship, 1957-1977.
Box 41
Archival Resource Key. Other conferences, meetings, and lectures, 1921-1965.
Box 41

Archival Resource Key. Notes on peace activities.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Notes on politics.
Box 43
Scope and Contents

Particularly on the 1970 election in Maryland.

Archival Resource Key. Notes on Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's art.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Travel notes.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Notes on poetry.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Peter Fingesten, The Eclipse of Symbolism, 1970.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Emma Jung and Marie Louise von Franz, The Grail Legend, 1970.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Helen Hill Miller, The Realms of Arthur, 1970.
Box 43
Scope and Contents

See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 4, Folder 29.

Archival Resource Key. Notes on dreams.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Notes on religious life and experience.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Meditations of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon.
Box 43
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous notes.
Box 44

Archival Resource Key. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Members of Pidgeon, Williams, and Janney families.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Distant relatives and friends.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Circle Hill, Pidgeon family home.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Family homes in Virginia.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. George School.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Swarthmore College.
Box 45
Scope and Contents

Some transferred to archives of Swarthmore College.

Archival Resource Key. University of Virginia.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Quaker meeting houses.
Box 45
Scope and Contents

Transferred to Meeting House picture file.

Archival Resource Key. Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous buildings.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Pidgeon family book illustrations.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. League of Nations Assembly, Geneva, 1925.
Box 45
Archival Resource Key. Ser. 22. Pictorial material.

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