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Ann Blankenhorn Papers

Identifier: LP000411

Scope and Content

The Ann Blankenhorn Papers consist of correspondence (1931-68), personal notebooks, diaries, and address books.


  • 1922 - 1968


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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


Ann Blankenhorn, formerly Ann Washington Craton of Provincetown, Massachusetts, was born in 1891. She received an A.B. from George Washington University in 1915. The following year she became a member of the staff of the Bureau of Children's Guardians in Washington, D.C. and served as a case investigator and later, adoption supervisor in rural Virginia from 1916 to 1918. Upon completion of her assignment as a field investigator for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1919, she moved to New York and continued her career interests as a secretary and employment counselor for the New York Child Labor Committee, and from 1922 to 1924, an executive secretary for the New York Civic Club.

While in New York, she continued her education at the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Sciences. As part of an educational program, she conducted research studies on the clothing and textile industries under the auspices of the Department of Economics at Columbia and the research department of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers guided by Sidney Hillman. Later she returned to Washington and resumed her activities as a caseworker for the American Red Cross on the disaster relief staff from 1926 to 1931. Throughout this period, Mrs. Blankenhorn published articles on the social and economic conditions in various industries especially as they applied to women and children.

In 1936 she became the wife of Heber Blankenhorn and has resided in Alexandria, Virginia since that time. During the 1940s she began work on a manuscript describing the social conditions of cities and small towns in certain coal mining areas. However, she was unable to complete it due to her husband's death in 1956 and has since concentrated her efforts on the preparation of her husband's memoirs for publication.


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Ann Blankenhorn investigated and publicized the social and economic conditions in the textile, clothing, and coal mining industries in the 1920s and 30s with special emphasis on women and children. Also included are papers relating to the WPA (1934) and the imprisonment of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn in the 1950s. Important correspondents are Peter Blume and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. The materials consist of correspondence (1931-68), personal notebooks, diaries, and address books.


Items are grouped by type of material.


The papers of Ann Blankenhorn were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August of 1969 by Ms. Blankenhorn.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1971.
Guide to the Ann Blankenhorn Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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