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Edith L. Christenson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000588
The papers of Ms. Christenson document her work as a YMCA canteen working during World War I and her involvement in the labor and cooperative movements and as an advocate for adult education.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Adult Education Cooperatives Organized Labor Trade Unionism

Among the important correspondents are: Julia and Paul Blanshard John Edelman Gregory Mason Steven Raushenbush Spencer Williams
Part I:

Series I, Correspondence, 1913-1947: Arranged chronologically.

Series II, Newspaper Clippings, 1919-1974: Many are concerned with her activities as an entertainer and canteen worker for the troops during World War I. Arranged chronologically.

Series III, Printed Material: Includes booklets and pamphlets related to the Worker's Education Movement. Arranged alphabetically.

Series IV, Miscellaneous

Series V, Diaries
Part II: Series VI, Correspondence and Postcards, 1918-1974: Correspondence and postcards concerning Ms. Christenson’s world travels and her involvement in the labor and cooperative movements. The majority of the correspondence is between her and her daughter at boarding school.

Series VII, Cooperatives and Adult Education, 1949-1976: Pamphlets, flyers, clippings and other materials relating to the cooperative movement and Ms. Christenson’s involvement with educational programs fopr senior citizens.

Series VIII, Personal Files, 1913-1974

Dates

  • 1909 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1919 - 1973

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials

Extent

6 Linear Feet (12 MB)

Abstract

Edith Christenson held positions in the Women's Trade Union League, the Chorus Equity Association, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Public Affairs. The papers of Ms. Christenson document her work as a YMCA canteen worker during World War I and her involvement in the labor and cooperative movements and as an advocate for adult education.

History

Born in 1893, Edith Christenson is a graduate of the Moravian Seminary and College for Women at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.



During World War I, Ms. Christenson worked for the YMCA as an entertainer and canteen worker for the troops in Ireland, England and France. After returning to the United States, she took an active interest in the labor movement, holding positions with the Women's Trade Union League, the Chorus Equity Association, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the OPA labor office. She was also active in the adult education and cooperative movements.

Arrangement of the Records

Part 1: Arranged in 5 series - Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2), Series 3 (Box 2), Series 4 (Box 2), and Series 5 (Boxes 3-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically depending upon the series.
Part II Arranged in 3 series - Series 6 (Boxes 8-10), Series 7 (Box 11), and Series 8 (Box 12). Folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Acquisition

The papers of Edith L. Christenson were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1973 and May of 1983 by Ms. Christenson.

Transfers

Part I: A scrapbook containing photographs and memorabilia of a 1925 six-month trip around the world has been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.
Part II: Photographs, buttons, and other memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Edith L. Christenson Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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