Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Heloise Brainerd Collected Papers, 1900-1971

Collection: CDG-A



Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator)
Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Brainerd, Heloise (1881 - 1969)
Title
Heloise Brainerd Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1900-1971
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
Heloise Brainerd was born in 1881 and graduated from Smith College in 1904. From 1909-1935 she was connected with the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C. In 1935 Brainerd became the chair of the Committee on the Americas, and chair of the Division of Inter-American Work, for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Brainerd's goal was to draw women from Latin America into the peace movement, and to do this she traveled widely in the Americas. Brainerd was made Honorary Vice President of the U.S. Section of the WILPF in 1954. Other honors she received included the Medal of Public Instruction by Venezuela and the Order of Merit by Ecuador, as well as being made an honorary member by numerous organizations. Brainerd died on February 16, 1969.


Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, February 1998. Finding aid revised by Andrew Ciampa, June 22, 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Heloise Brainerd Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
Emily Green Balch Papers (DG 006)
Ellen Starr Brinton Papers (DG 051)
Peoples Mandate Records (DG 109)
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Records (DG 043); especially Series A,4

Pan American Union Collectd Records (CDG-A)

Historical Background
Heloise Brainerd was born in Wallingford, Vermont on April 30, 1881 to Charles and Emily (Sanford) Brainerd. She attended Middlebury College in 1900-1901, and graduated from Smith College in 1904. After graduation, she worked from 1905-1909 as a bi-lingual secretary in a law firm in Mexico City, living part of the time with Mexican families. From 1909-1935 she was connected with the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C., first as private secretary to the Assistant Director, and then as Chief of the Division of Education; this later expanded into the Division of Intellectual Cooperation, which worked to foster educational, artistic, literary, scientific and cultural interchange in the Americas. Brainerd spent six months in South America in 1928 as the official representative of the Pan American Union, during which time she visited Panama and all of the republics except Colombia and Venezuela.

In 1935 Brainerd resigned from the Pan American Union and became the chair of the Committee on the Americas, and chair of the Division of Inter-American Work, for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Brainerd's goal was to draw women from Latin America into the peace movement, and to do this she traveled widely in the Americas, often staying for lengthy visits, and corresponded frequently with women there [see Committee on the Americas, WILPF Collection (DG 043)]. She resigned from the WILPF in 1953.

Brainerd was made Honorary Vice President of the U.S. Section of the WILPF in 1954. Other honors received included the Medal of Public Instruction by Venezuela and the Order of Merit by Ecuador, as well as being made an honorary member by numerous organizations.

Brainerd died on February 16, 1969.


Collection Overview

Items removed:
photographs
large certificates of awards




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Academic transcripts
Passports (1935, 1946) and I.D. card (for 1938 conference)
Certificates/awards
Correspondence, 1921 - 1968
Travel letters, 1905 - 1956
Trip to South America for Pan American Union, 1928
Trip to South America for Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1938 - 1939
Writings, 1921 - 1955
Correspondence/tributes re: Brainerd
Miscellaneous



This file was last updated on June 25, 2010.