Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Family Papers, 1769-1979 [bulk 1905-1979]

(45 boxes; 22.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/123


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Abstract
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. 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. Topics include family life, the Civil War, Hopewell Monthly Meeting, and education of family members at Alexandria Boarding School (Alexandria, Va.), Earlham College (Richmond, In.), George School (Bucks County, Pa.), Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pa.), and Taylor Academy (Wilmington, Del.) Persons represented include Pidgeon's grandfathers, William Williams (1816-1893) and Samuel Lukens Pidgeon (1817-1902), her mother, Susan Talbott Williams Pidgeon (1860-1942), her sister, Dorothy Everett Pidgeon Berry, and Hanna Conrow Williams Tomlinson.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL 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.

Time-line
1890 Born, August 2, Wadesville, Clarke County, Virginia, daughter of Lewis Pidgeon (1859-1951) and Susan Talbott Williams Pidgeon (1860-1942).
1904-1906 Attended school at Waterford, Virginia.
1906-1909 Attended George School, Pa., graduating in 1909.
1909-1913 Attended Swarthmore College, received B.A. (English) in 1913.
1914-1916 Teacher, Media Friends School, Media, Pa.
1917-1920 Field Secretary, National American Woman Suffrage Association, located principally in New York, South Dakota, Virginia, and North Carolina.
1920-1926 Director, Bureau of Citizenship Education, Extension Division, University of Virginia.
1921 Chairman, Executive Committee, Virginia Governor's Conference on Governmental Efficiency.
1920-1928 Chairman, Efficient Government Committee, Virginia League of Women Voters.
1922-1928 Executive Secretary, Virginia Women's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations.
1924 M.A. (Political Science), University of Virginia.
1925 Studied at Fédération Universitaire Internationale, Geneva, Switzerland.
1926-1927 Fellow in Political Science, University of Chicago (candidate for Ph.D.)
1928 Appointed Assistant Editor, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
1930-1956 Director, Division of Research, Women's Bureau; retired in 1956.
1967 Moved from Washington, D.C. to Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md.
1979 Died at Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT 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 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.

Arrangement
Arrangement: 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:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Alexandria (Va.) -- Education -- Schools
  • Bucks County (Pa.) -- Education -- Schools
  • Charlottesville (Va.) -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Clarke County (Va.) -- Family and personal papers
  • College students -- United States
  • Delaware -- Education - Schools
  • Education -- Pennsylvania
  • Education -- Virginia
  • Education --Delaware
  • Indiana -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Loudoun County (Va.) -- Family and personal papers
  • Peace
  • Peace -- Religious aspects -- Society of Friends
  • Pennsylvania -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Quakers -- Virginia
  • Richmond (Ind.) -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Schools -- Delaware
  • Schools -- Virginia
  • Suffrage -- Virginia
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) -- Education - Universities and colleges
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Universities and colleges -- Indiana
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania
  • Universities and colleges -- Virginia
  • Virginia -- Churches and religious affairs -- Quaker
  • Virginia -- Education -- Schools
  • Virginia -- Education -- Universities and colleges
  • Virginia -- Family and personal papers
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
  • Virginia -- Women's suffrage
  • Voting -- Societies, etc.
  • Voting -- United States
  • Wilmington (Del.) -- Education -- Schools
  • Women -- Suffrage -- New York (State)
  • Women -- Suffrage -- Societies, etc.
  • Women --Suffrage -- Virginia
  • Women and peace.
  • Women in politics -- Societies, etc.
  • Women in politics -- United States
  • Women, Quaker Virginia.
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1983
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Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical, 1769-1850, n.d.

“Notes on the Pidgeon Family and Allied Families.”
Typescript with information on the Pidgeon, Walker, Chandlee, Frame, Brooke, Janney,a nd Biles families.
Box 1

“Notes on the Williams Family and Allied Families.”
Typescript with information on the Williams, Neill, Walker, Janney, and Talbott families.
Box 1

Memorials prepared by Friends Meetings for:

Janney, Samuel M. (1798-1879), Goose Creek M.M. Box 1

Williams, William (1816-1893), Fairfax M.M. Box 1

Walker, James M. (1818-1890), Fairfax M.M. Box 1

Pidgeon, Cassandra (1864-1957), Hopewell M.M.
Also includes a remembrance notebook for her.
Box 1

Memorial album prepared for Rebecca Russell Pidgeon (1857-1941) shortly after her death. Box 1

Newspaper clippings, mostly obituaries for family members Box 1

Miscellaneous biographical and genealogical information Box 1

Marriage certificates, 1769-1850:
Catalogued and placed with other marriage certificates in Chart Case.

William Williams and Elizabeth Everott, Fairfax M.M. 1769 Box 1

John Williams and Lydia Niell, Hopewell M.M. 1804 Box 1

Isaac Pidgeon and Elizabeth Walker, Hopewell M.M. 1812 Box 1

Mahlon Chandlee and Catherine Frame, Kennett M.M.
Birth dates of their children listed on the back.
1818 Box 1

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

Ser. 2. Journals, 1805-1930

Neill, Rachel, journal
At back: “An Account of Travelling Friends That Visited Hopewell Meeting,” 1795-1813.
1805-1808 Box 1

Pidgeon, Samuel Lukens (1817-1902), journal of a trip from Virginia to Ohio 1840 Box 1

[Williams, Mary E.?] (1822-1875), Journal of a trip from Virginia to Ohio 1846 Box 1

Chandlee, Eliza (1822-1854), journal 1850-1852 Box 1

Williams, Rebecca K., Journals 1854-1870 Box 1

Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926), Journals 1890s-c. 1909 Box 1

Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942), journal 1897-1905 Box 1

Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee (1855-1930), Journals 1914-1930 Box 1

3. Family correspondence, 1830-1942
For additional see Pidgeon family Series 2.


Chandlee, Mahlon (1790-1890) 1858-1888 and n.d. Box 2

Chandlee, Eliza (1822-1854)
Some letters, 1853-54, are from relatives reporting her illness and death.
1850-1854 Box 2

Pidgeon, Samuel Lukens (1817-1902) and his wife, Sarah Marshall (Chandlee) (b. 1825) letters
Includes his letters while at Alexandria Boarding School, 1841-1842, and their correspondence during the Civil War.
1841-1882 Box 2

Walker family
Includes a letter written from Earlham College, 1853.
1836-1886 Box 2

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

Pidgeon, Lewis (1859-1951), mostly family correspondence, principally with his wife Susan Talbott 1872-1945 Box 2

Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942), daughter of William Williams and his first wife, Mary E. (Walker) (1822-1875), 1879-1942
Susan married Lewis Pidgeon in 1888. Letters from principal family members are grouped together and arranged in the order
Box 3

Walker family 1893-1939 Box 3

Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926)
As the second wife of William Williams, Mary Ruth was Susan's stepmother.
1902-1920 Box 3

Williams, Hannah A. (Conrow) (d. 1894)
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.
1879-1894 Box 3

Williams, James Walker, son of James and Hannah
Includes letters from James's wife, Esther, and one letter in 1894.
1894-1923 and n.d.. Box 3

Williams family 1885-1919 and n.d. Box 3

Pidgeon, Mary Elizabeth (1890-1979)
See Ser. 10 and Pidgeon (M.E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 14.
Box 3

Tomlinson, Hannah Conrow (Williams) (1894-1959)
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.
1907-1942 and n.d. Box 4

Berry, Dorothy Everett (Pidgeon) (b. 1899)
Some letters were written home from George School to her parents, Susan and Lewis. See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 13.
1910-1942 Box 5

Moon, Carrie B.,
Most of the letters were written from Washington, D.C. Friends General Conference, 1930-1934.
1888-1922 and n.d. Box 6

Miscellaneous correspondence to Susan and Lewis Pidgeon from relatives and friends,
Arranged chronologically. Includes letters received by Susan and Lewis Pidgeon on their 50th wedding anniversary, 1938.
1863-1942 and n.d. Box 6

Ser. 4. Manuscript writings: essays, poetry, and notes, 1880-1909, 1963, n.d.

Williams, William (1816-1893), 1963, n.d.
Essays, mostly on religious subjects. Since few of these brief essays are titled, they are arranged according to subject as indicated below:

“An Account of William Williams Taken Hostage by the Confederates”
Written in 18M and published in Waterford Foundation's 20th Annual Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit.
October 4-5-6, 1963. (with typescript copy) Box 7

Historical writings
Concerning early Virginia meeting houses and the founding of Waterford, Virginia.
Box 7

Friends meetings and First-Day Schools Box 7

Bible Box 7

Capital and labor Box 7

Christian ethics Box 7

Citizenship and government Box 7

Education Box 7

God (nature of) Box 7

Jesus Christ Box 7

Science and religion Box 7

Simplicity and plainness (Quaker testimonies) Box 7

Slavery and race Box 7

Temperance Box 7

War and peace Box 7

Women
Including some items written for “The Household,” a local social club.
Box 7

Worship and prayer Box 7

Poetry of William Williams. Arranged as follows:

Religious poetry Box 7

Commemorative poetry, to honor people or occasions Box 7

Miscellaneous poetry, much of it humorous Box 7

Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942)

Essays, mostly on religious subjects
A section on Friends schools appeared in Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934.
Box 8

Poetry Box 8

Fragmentary writings and notes, mostly on religious subjects Box 8

Literary papers of social clubs, edited mostly by members of the Williams and Pidgeon families, 1880-1909

“The Phonograph” 1880 Box 8

“The White Star” 1893 Box 8

“The Clover Leaf” 1908-9 (4 issues) Box 8

Miscellaneous writings, mostly commemorative poetry Box 8

5. Legal and financial papers, 1789-2944

Chandlee family deeds and related papers, mostly concerning land Box Box 9

Chandlee, Mahlon estate papers 1789-1898 and n.d. Box Box 9

Janney, Mahlon, and other members of the Janney family, Account book
Mostly concerning the estate of Mahlon Janney.
1804-1822 Box Box 9

Janney, Samuel and Elizabeth, deeds 1856 Box Box 9

Neill, Lewis, indenture and will 1808, 1833 Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Isaac, 1917-1832

Copies of deeds and related historical material for “Circle Hill Farm”, Fairfax County, Virginia, purchased 1812-17 Box Box 9

Other deeds and related papers for land purchases elsewhere in Virginia and in Ohio 1797-1832 and n.d. Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Samuel Lukens (1817-1902), 1850-1883

Civil War documents, mostly passes and receipts, 1861-1869 and n.d. Box Box 9

Deeds and financial papers 1850-1883 Box Box 9

Inventories and accounts for Samuel L. Pidgeon estate Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Rebecca R. (1857-1940), account books 1901-1936 Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Lewis (1859-1951), estate inventories Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Susan Talbott (Williams) (1860-1942), lists of personal property, including wedding presents
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folder 10.
Box Box 9

Pidgeon, Cassandra (1864-1957), 1931-1944, n.d.

Papers concerning share received of Mahlon Chandlee estate Box Box 9

Account book for house maintenance 1931-1944 Box Box 9

School papers:

Certificates to teach Box 10

Contracts for teaching Positions Box 10

Recommendations and lists of schools where she taught Box 10

Certificates for attending summer courses Box 10

Retirement records Box 10

Estate papers Box 10

Walker family, deeds 1820-1871 Box 10

Williams family, papers
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
1806-1927 Box 10

Williams, William (1816-1893), estate papers Box 10

Ser. 6. Albums, 184701918

Williams, Rebecca K., commonplace book with some accounts 1847-1867 (1 small vol.) Box 11

Williams, Elizabeth, composition and poetry books,
Kept while a student at Earlham College and at Bellevue Female Institute.
1863-1866 (3 vols.) Box 11

Williams, Mary Ruth (Walker) (1838-1926)
Album of clippings made for Susan T. Pidgeon, concerning mostly Quaker subjects.
1916 (1 vol.) Box 11

Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee (1855-1930), commonplace book, including record of plants examined 1872-1874 Box 11

Berry, Dorothy Everett (Pidgeon) (b. 1899), school notebook, Leland Powers School, Boston, Mass. 1918 Box 11

Ser. 7. Miscellaneous, 1860-1942

School papers

Walker, Mary Ruth (later Williams), at Sharon Female Seminary ca. 1860 Box 12

Williams, Susan (later Pidgeon), grade report from Swarthmore College
Includes page from French notebook.
1877 Box 12

Pidgeon, Rebecca R.J., grade reports from Westtown School
Includes miscellaneous programs and certificates, 1877-1881.
1873 Box 12

Pidgeon, Lewis, grade reports from Sharon Female Seminary and Swarthmore College 1869, 1879-1880 Box 12

Miscellaneous papers, mostly invitations, announcements, and certificates

Pidgeon, Susan and Lewis 1867-1942 Box 12

Chandlee, Pidgeon, Williams, and Walker families 1837-1935 Box 12

Inventory and photocopies of title pages of books included with Pidgeon Family Papers
The actual books were not retained with the collection.
Box 12

8. Mary E. Pidgeon (1890-1979), Biographical info, 1966-1972, n.d.

Biographical material--Articles, resumes, birth certificate (photostat) Box 13

Who's Who and related biographical directories Box 13

Awards and certificates of recognition Box 13

Letterheads of organizations for which Mary E. Pidgeon worked Box 13

Associations, mostly professional women's organizations, to which Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon belonged Box 13

Identification cards Box 13

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

Personal reminiscences of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, 1970s
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:

General reminiscences Box 13

Family connections and Virginia home life
Including a biographical sketch of her father, Lewis Pidgeon.
Box 13

Early years through graduation from Swarthmore Box 13

8. Woman Suffrage Movement, 1917-1920

University of Virginia,
Including transcript of oral interview for the University of Virginia, 1976.
1920-1927 Box 13

Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., 1928-1956

Women's Bureau 1928-1939 Box 13

Women's Bureau 1940-1949 Box 13

Women's Bureau 1952-1956 Box 13

Retirement years, Washington, D.C. and Sandy Spring, Md., 1958-1979

Retirement years 1958-1975 Box 13

Retirement years 1975-1979 Box 13

9. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon: Diaries and Day-books, 1926-1979
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 4, Folder 27.


Diaries 1944, 1945, 1948, and 1957-1968. Box 14

Desk calendars from office at Women's Bureau 1928-1939, 1941-1956. Box 15

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc., 1926-1979 Box 16

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1926

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1933

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1941

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1947

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1952-1957

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1957-1959 (parts)

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1960

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1966

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1970

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1971

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1973

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1974

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1976

Day-books, listing-appointments, etc. 1979

Ser. 10. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Correspondence, 1896-1979

Correspondence with her parents, Lewis and Susan Talbott (Williams) Pidgeon, 1905-1929
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.

Letters to MEP from Susan Pidgeon Box 17

Letters to MEP from Lewis Pidgeon Box 17

Letters to Susan and Lewis Pidgeon from MEP Box 17

Other family correspondence with: Berry, Dorothy Everett (Pidgeon), 1905-1976 and n.d.
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 2, Folders 13-15.
Box 18

Pidgeon, Cassandra 1907-1957 and n.d. Box 18

Pidgeon, Eliza Chandlee 1900-1929 Box 18

Pidgeon, Rebecca R. 1896-1936 and n.d. Box 18

Tomlinson, Hanna Conrow (Williams) and husband Carroll 1929-1961 and n.d. Box 18

Other letters by MEP to her family Box 18

Christmas letters by MEP to family and friends 1929-1979 Box 18

Letters received from other family members and friends
Arranged chronologically. See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folders 17-18, 20-25.
Box 19-20

Correspondence about employment See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folder 19. 1912-1928 and n.d. Box 21

Correspondence concerning Virginia politics 1929-1973 Box 21

Letters to the editor (particularly the Washington Post) and to elected officials 1962-1972 Box 21

Correspondence concerning Quaker affairs, 1929-1973:

Friends House, Sandy Spring. Md. 1969-1976 Box 21

Friends Meeting of Washington 1950s Box 21

Potomac Quarterly Mtg., Ministry and Counsel 1950s Box 21

Other Quaker agencies
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 60-6.
1925-1973 and n.d. Box 21

Miscellaneous letters by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, 1928-1979

Invitations 1908-1978 and n.d. Box 21

Christmas cards received, mostly in later years
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 3, Folder 26.
Box 22

11. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Publications, 1921-1973

Major articles
Mostly written while at Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor. Arranged chronologically; for a bibliography, see first folder of Series 11.
1922-1956 Box 23

Book reviews written by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon 1950-1973 and n.d. Box 24

Articles and reviews written by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon for Friends Journal.
Also includes correspondence with editor, arranged chronologically, 1925-1973, and n.d.
Box 24

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

Ser. 12. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Manuscript writings, 1897-1976

Early writings Box 25

“The Watkins Family” 1897 Box 25

Articles on politics and women's issues 1920-1932 Box 25

Articles on Quaker and religious subjects 1944-1976 and n.d. Box 25

Later writings

“Spreading the News,” outline of play written while at Friends House 1970? Box 25

Poetry

Poems by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Box 25

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

Ser. 13. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Education, 1901-1933

Wadesville, VA, grade report from public school 1901

George School, 1907-1908, n.d.

Grade reports 1907-1908 Box 26

Student activities Box 26

Class reunions and alumni activities
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 5.
Box 26

Swarthmore College, 1914-1926, n.d.

Grade reports and transcripts 1914-1926 Box 26

Student activities Box 26

Class reunions and alumni activities
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 5.
Box 26

University of Virginia, 1924, n.d.

Graduation programs and recommendations Box 26

“The Government of the County in Virginia,” Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's M.A. Thesis 1924 Box 26

Course papers in government and in English literature Box 26

Alumni activities and correspondence regarding an oral interview with her
For a transcript of the interview see Series 8.
Box 26

Miscellaneous printed material on University of Virginia Box 26

Hood for M.A. Degree, see Relic #326. Box 26

Geneva School of International Studies Box 26

University of Chicago, 1926-1933, n.d.

Correspondence and general information 1926-1933 Box 27

Papers for courses in political science and public welfare administration Box 27

Course notes and examination booklet Box 27

Miscellaneous material on Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's studies Box 27

Ser. 14. Mary E. Pidgeon, Campaign for Woman Suffrage, 1916-1918

New York State Woman Suffrage Party
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 32
Box 27

Other woman suffrage activities Box 27

Ser. 15. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, University of Virginia, 1921-1927, n.d.
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.


Correspondence 1921-1927 and n.d. Box 27

Reports Box 27

Course and program descriptions Box 27

Extension series pamphlets, see also Ser. 11 Box 27

Extension teaching courses Box 27

Lecture series at Normal Schools Box 27

University of Virginia catalogues and program announcements.
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 36.
Box 28

Leaflets and other printed material issued by the Extension Division, also leaflets of local programs. Box 28

Newspaper clippings reporting Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's speeches and related activities. Box 28

Ser. 16. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, Political and civic activities, 1912-1975

National League of Women Voters, 1917-1954

Correspondence 1923-1954 and n.d. Box 28

Civil service 1921, 1922 Box 28

Efficiency in Government Department Box 28

Publications 1917-1926 and n.d. Box 28

Material from state and local affiliates 1919-1936 and n.d. Box 28

Material from other national civic organizations
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 39.
1920-1924 and n.d. Box 28

National Women's Trade Union League, material from conventions 1936, 1947. Box 28

Virginia League of Women Voters, 1920-1940, n.d.

General and educational material Box 29

Correspondence 1920-1923 Box 29

Legislative program Box 29

Bills and background for specific legislation Box 29

Research on taxation in Virginia Box 29

Efficient Government Committee, 1924-1940, n.d.

Conference on Governmental Efficiency Box 29

Newspaper clippings
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Fol. 37-38
1924-1940 and n.d. Box 29

Virginia Commission for the Blind 1924 Box 29

Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs Box 29

Virginia Good Roads Association.
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 35.
Box 29

Virginia Women's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folder 41.
1912-1945 and n.d. Box 29

Other Virginia women's civic organizations Box 29

Democratic Party, Virginia State Convention 1924 Box 29

Virginia Wage and Hour Law (proposed) 1938. Box 29

Official reports from General Assembly of Virginia and various executive agencies (some with annotations by MEP) 1912-1945 and n.d. Box 30-31

Newspaper clippings and other reference material on Virginia politics 1926-1945 and n.d. Box 30-31

Published material about women's rights and labor 1921-1975 and n.d. Box 30-31

Ser. 17. Mary E. Pidgeon, Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 1929-1975

Women's Bureau, History and program 1930-1975 and n.d. Box 32

Correspondence and memos by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon and other staff
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 50
1929-1965 and n.d. Box 32

Reports by MEP
Many are drafts of articles, perhaps published later.
Box 33

Reports as special consultant Box 33

Budget (material about programs submitted for annual budget requests) 1932/33-1956/57 Box 33

Personnel records of MEP

miscellaneous Box 34

job descriptions and qualifications Box 34

pay receipts Box 34

efficiency ratings and awards Box 34

employee leave record Box 34

travel Box 34

change of status notices Box 34

Notices from U.S. Dept. of Labor concerning Civil Service regulations and personnel policies Box 34

Invitations to MEP to attend White House receptions,
Receptions, hosted by Mrs. Roosevelt and Mrs. Truman, were planned to recognize professional women in government service.
1935-1941 and 1948. Box 34

Album presented to MEP on her retirement 1956 Box 34

Congratulatory letters and other material relating to the retirement of MEP

Publications of Women's Bureau,
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folders 42-47 and 49.
1922-1975 Box 35

MEP's notes on publications Box 35

Publications of other government agencies, 1941-1973

Department of Commerce 1951-1956 Box 35

Department of Labor 1938-1955 and n.d. Box 35

Miscellaneous 1941-1973

Periodicals and other publications received by staff library of Women's Bureau Box 36

Newspaper clippings about Women's Bureau
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 48.
1947-1962 Box 36

Drafts of articles prepared for publication. Box 36

Research files (arranged by subject as follows), 1942-1945, n.d.

Absenteeism by women workers Box 36

Census data Box 36

Equal pay for women
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 51.
Box 37

Health of women workers Box 37

Industrial plants surveyed by Women's Bureau 1942-1945 Box 37

International work Box 37

Postwar employment of women Box 37

Women as managers

Women In industry Box 38

Women in defense industries, World War I and II Box 38

Women in the Southern U.S. Box 38

Women Workers in the Changing Economic Scene miscellaneous research notes
For other research files, see also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 6, Folders 52-53.
Box 38

Speeches by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon (notes and related material). Box 39

Notes by Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon

Concerning the history of the U.S. Dept. of Labor Box 39

About staff meetings in the Women's Bureau Box 39

Miscellaneous other work notes

Ser. 18. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Finances, 1940-1970

Accounts, mostly 1937-1938 Box 40

Insurance and annuities 1936-1965 Box 40

Royalties Box 40

Taxes:

Federal 1931-1970 Box 40

District of Columbia 1939-1966 Box 40

Maryland 1967-1969 Box 40

Virginia, state income and personal property 1940-1966 Box 40

Virginia, local property
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 4, Folder 28.
1926-1961 Box 40

19. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, Conferences attended, programs and notes, 1921-1977

Conferences concerning women's issues, 1940-1970

American Association of University Women, Washington, D.C. 1961 Box 41

Woman's Centennial Congress, New York
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folders 55-59.
1940 Box 41

Women's Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Washington D.C., 1960-1970

Conference commemorating its 40th anniversary 1960 Box 41

Conference commemorating its 50th anniversary 1970 Box 41

U.S. Department of Labor, 50th anniversary 1963 Box 41

Quaker conferences, meetings, lectures, 1950-1977:

Baltimore Yearly Meeting
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Ser. 6, Folder 60.
1961-1964, 1970, and 1977 Box 41

Friends Committee on National Legislation, 1953, 1964, 1977, and n.d. Box box 42 Box 41

Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology 1959, 1961, 1963-1965, and 1977 Box 41

Friends General Conference 1952, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, and 1970 Box 41

Pendle Hill 1963, 1964. Box 41

Quaker peace conferences and peace witnesses 1950-1966 Box 41

Other Quaker conferences, mostly on faith and worship 1957-1977 Box 41

Other conferences, meetings, and lectures 1921-1965 Box 41

Ser. 20. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, Notes, 1970, n.d.

Notes on peace activities Box 43

Notes on politics
Particularly on the 1970 election in Maryland.
Box 43

Notes on Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon's art Box 43

Travel notes Box 43

Notes on poetry Box 43

Literary notes concerning books read, 1970:

Peter Fingesten, The Eclipse of Symbolism 1970 Box 43

Emma Jung and Marie Louise von Franz, The Grail Legend 1970 Box 43

Helen Hill Miller, The Realms of Arthur
See also Pidgeon (Mary E.) Papers, Series 4, Folder 29.
1970 Box 43

Notes on dreams Box 43

Notes on religious life and experience Box 43

Meditations of Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Box 43

Miscellaneous notes Box 44

Ser. 21. Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, photographs collected, 1925, n.d.
Box 45

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon Box 45

Members of Pidgeon, Williams, and Janney families Box 45

Distant relatives and friends Box 45

Circle Hill, Pidgeon family home Box 45

Family homes in Virginia Box 45

George School Box 45

Swarthmore College
Some transferred to archives of Swarthmore College.
Box 45

University of Virginia Box 45

Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor Box 45

Quaker meeting houses
Transferred to Meeting House picture file.
Box 45

Friends House, Sandy Spring, Md. Box 45

Miscellaneous buildings Box 45

Pidgeon family book illustrations Box 45

League of Nations Assembly, Geneva 1925 Box 45

Ser. 22. Pictorial material