Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Hannah Clothier Hull Papers , 1889-1958

Collection: DG 016


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
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
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Clothier Hull, Hannah (1872-1958)
Title
Hannah Clothier Hull Papers
Inclusive Dates
1889-1958
Call Number
DG 016

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
3 linear feet [papers only]
Abstract
Hannah Clothier Hull (1872-1958), was one of the founders of the Woman's Peace Party and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She served as a national officer of the WILPF for nearly forty years. Hull was also active in other social reform movements. A member of a well-to-do Quaker family, Hannah Clothier graduated from Swarthmore College in 1891. She first worked at a Philadelphia settlement house and then entered the graduate program in social work at Bryn Mawr College. In the following year Hannah Clothier married William Isaac Hull, a fellow pacifist and professor of political science at Swarthmore.

Hannah Clothier Hull worked in the woman suffrage campaign and women's rights, had some interest in temperance, was a member of the Friends Peace Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and was on the board of the American Friends Service Committee (1928-1947).

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
Yes, boxes 1-8 are offsite. Please contact SCPC Curator to discuss special need for original documents at least two weeks in advance of visit to arrange for retrieval of this collection.
Alternate Form of Material
Yes, on Microfilm Reels 75.1-75.6
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Hannah C. Hull, Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, and Caroline Biddle Lippincott.
Most of the materials in this collection were given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Hannah Clothier Hull herself, in 1950, 1954, and 1958. A few records were presented by her daughters following her death in 1958.In December of 1976, the letters from Hannah Clothier Hull to Caroline Cooper Biddle (Lippincott) were received as a gift of Caroline Biddle Lippincott through the courtesy of Dr. H. Chandler Forman. Also included in this gift was a clipping of the biography of Isaac H. Clothier (Hannah's father) and two photographs of Hannah Clothier Hull.
Processing Information
The bulk of this collection was microfilmed under N.E.H. Grant No. RC 27706-77-739. The correspondence from Hannah Clothier Hull to Caroline C. Biddle (Lippincott) was filmed by Scholarly Resources, Inc; This finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, July 2009
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hannah Clothier Hull Papers (DG 016), 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
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section Records (DG 043)

Historical Background
Hannah Clothier Hull (1872-1958), was one of the founders of the Woman's Peace Party and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She served as a national officer of the WILPF for nearly forty years. Hull was also active in other social reform movements. A member of a well-to-do Quaker family, Hannah Clothier graduated from Swarthmore College in 1891. She first worked at a Philadelphia settlement house and then entered the graduate program in social work at Bryn Mawr College. In the following year Hannah Clothier married William Isaac Hull, a fellow pacifist and professor of political science at Swarthmore.

From 1914 to 1919 Hannah Clothier Hull was the chairman of the Pennsylvania branch of the Woman's Peace Party. She became more involved with the national WILPF in 1922 when she attended an emergency International Conference of Women at The Hague. Hull served as an officer of the U.S. section of the WILPF from 1924 to 1939 and as the honorary president until her death in 1958. This work drew her into close association with Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, Carrie Chapman Catt, and with peace leaders in all parts of the world.

Hull had many other interests apart from the peace movement. She worked in the woman suffrage campaign and women's rights, had some interest in temperance, was a member of the Friends Peace Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and was on the board of the American Friends Service Committee (1928-1947).

Collection Overview
The Hannah Clothier Hull Papers contain personal correspondence (1889-1956), professional correspondence, speeches, articles, and manuscript notes. There is also biographical material, family papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Among Hull's early personal correspondence is a folder of letters she wrote to her friend Caroline Cooper Biddle. These letters chart the close friendship between the two young women at the turn of the century.

A large part of the collection reflects Hull's work in the peace movement. There is correspondence with other WILPF officers and members, financial statements, press releases, and documents of the League. A file documenting attacks on WILPF (1924-1937), is also included. Hull's interest in women's rights is represented by items on woman suffrage, correspondence on WILPF relations with the National Council of Women of the United States, and material on women's movements in China and India.

Among the many correspondents in this collection are Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Hamilton, Lida Gustava Heymann, Lola Maverick Lloyd, Lucia Ames Mead, Jeannette Rankin, Rosika Schwimmer, Anna Garlin Spencer, Ellen Gates Starr, and Mary E. Woolley.

Items removed:
Photographs: See Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Photograph Collection





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1. Correspondence,1889, 1892-1926 [mf reel 1]
1895-1923
January-November 1924
December 1924
January 1925
February 1925
March 1925
April-May 1925
June-August 1925
September-October 1925
November 1925
December and no date 1925
January-May 1926
June-December 1926
Hannah Clothier to Caroline C. Biddle, 1889, 1892-1894

Box 2. Correspondence, 1927-1934 [mf reel 1]
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932

Box 2. Correspondence, 1927-1934 [mf reel 2]
January-March 1933
April-June 1933
July-September 1933
October-December 1933
January-July 1934
August-December 1934

Box 3. Correspondence, 1935-1936 [mf reel 2]
January-June 1935
July-September 1935
October-December 1935
January-March 1936

Box 3. Correspondence, 1935-1936 [mf reel 3]
April-May 1936
June-July 1936
August 1936
September-December 1936

Box 4. Correspondence, 1937-1938 [mf reel 3]
January-March 1937
April-June 1937
July-September 1937
October-December 1937
January-March 1938

Box 4. Correspondence, 1937-1938 [mf reel 4]
April-June 1938
July-October 1938
November-December 1938

Box 5. Correspondence, 1939-1957, and undated [mf reel 4]
Undated
January-March 1939
April-June 1939
July-December 1939
1940
1941-1947
1948-1957

Box 6. Correspondence by subject, 1918-1958 [mf reel 4]
Jane Addams, 1918-1931

Box 6. Correspondence by subject, 1918-1958 [mf reel 5]
Jane Addams, 1932-1935
Attacks, 1924, 1926-1937
Emily Greene Balch, 1924-1929
Emily Greene Balch, 1930-1935
Emily Greene Balch, 1936-1939
Emily Greene Balch, 1940-1958
Emily Greene Balch, no date
Carrie Chapman Catt, 1925, 1931-1937
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1926
National Council of Women, 1924-1925
WILPF Fortieth Anniversary, 1954-1955
WILPF Education Committee, 1937
WILPF Labor Committee, 1937
WILPF Women's Committee for the Recognition of Russia, 1925

Box 7. Records and Miscellaneous [mf reel 5]
Jane Addams-Meeting at Hull home, December 1, 1933
Tributes to Jane Addams, by Hannah Clothier Hull, 1935 and no date
Jane Addams-Peace Fund and Legacy Fund, 1946-1949
China Trip, 1929
Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932

Box 7. Records and Miscellaneous [mf reel 6]
India Trip, 1928
Woman's Suffrage, 1909-1913

Box 8. Records and Miscellaneous [mf reel 6]
Speeches and notes for Hannah Clothier Hull
Speeches and notes for Hannah Clothier Hull
Articles by Hannah Clothier Hull, 1925-1958
Hannah Clothier Hull, Swarthmore Class of 1891
Miscellaneous Photographs of Hannah Clothier Hull
Clippings by and about Hannah Clothier Hull
Family Papers and Memorabilia
Biographical material about Hannah Clothier Hull
Hannah Clothier Hull: Title Papers


This file was last updated on November 30, 2009.