|Title:||Mabel Vernon Papers|
|Quantity:||54 items (SC).|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American suffragist, feminist, pacifist (1883-1975). Collection includes incoming correspondence to Mabel Vernon in her capacity as a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and campaign director of its committee, the People's Mandate to Governments to End War (later re-named the People's Mandate Committee for Inter-American Peace and Cooperation. Notable correspondents include Grace Abbott, Jane Addams, Frank Aydelotte, Irene Bailey, Newton Baker, Pearl S. Buck, Rafael Calderón Guardia, Samuel P. Cadman, Arthur Capper, Carrie Catt, Raymond Clapper, Jacqueline Cochran, Josephus Daniels, Norman H. Davis, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Abraham Flexner, Zona Gale, Virginia Gildersleeve, Meta Glass, Frank Graham, Inez Irwin, Alfred Landon, Sinclair Lewis, Clare Boothe Luce, Gabriela Mistral, Caroline O'Day, Ruth Owen, Galo Plaza Lasso, Nelson Rockefeller, Leo Rowe, Laurence Steinhardt, Lowell Thomas, M. Carey Thomas, Oswald Villard, Lillian Wald, Wendell Willkie, Mary Woolley, and William Ziff.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Mabel Vernon (1883-1975) was an American Quaker suffragist, feminist, and pacifist. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she graduated from Friends School in 1901 and from Swarthmore College in 1906. She took a position teaching German and Latin at Radnor High School in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and soon became active in women's rights.
After some time as a member of the American Woman Suffrage Association, Vernon joined with Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Inez Milholland, Olympia Brown and Crystal Eastman to form the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage (CUWS) in 1913. She was among the more militant suffragists, publicly heckling President Wilson during a speech, organizing huge demonstrations, and coordinating the daily picketing of the White House. After women were granted the vote in 1920, Vernon continued to work for women's causes until the 1930s, when she joined the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and shifted her focus to peace and disarmament.
The Mabel Vernon Papers consists of correspondence and printed material.
Incoming Correspondence is addressed to Mabel Vernon in her capacity as member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and as campaign director of one of its committees, the People's Mandate to Governments to End War. (This was also known as the People's Mandate to End War and the People's Mandate Committee; it was later renamed the People's Mandate Committee for Inter-American Peace and Cooperation.) A few of the items are addressed to the secretaries or other officers of these organizations, including Hannah Clothier Hull, Mary Moss Wellborn, Emma Wold, and Mary E. Woolley.
The correspondence centers around the activities of various pacifist organizations, such as fund-raising, petition signature gathering, and despatching delegations concerned with securing world peace through disarmament. Among those correspondents in support of the Women's International League petition to the President were Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Zona Gale, Inez Haynes Irwin, and Samuel Parkes Cadman. Those who were invited but declined to sign the People's Mandate include Temple Bailey, Ruth Bryan Owen, and Martha Carey Thomas. Correspondents who discuss the work of the People's Mandate Committee include Carrie Chapman Catt, Gabriela Mistral, Galo Plaza Lasso, Nelson Rockefeller, and Leo Rowe.
Some of the correspondents write in general support, not specifying a particular cause or organization. In a letter of May 6, 1937, Clare Boothe Luce writes, "Enclosed is the check. May it, the history of human experience to the contrary, do some good." There are also a few personal letters, including those from Pearl Buck, Arthur Capper, and Lillian Wald.
Printed material includes samples of petitions which were mailed out by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, which collected names for the People's Mandate Committee. Two returned petitions are from Clarence Darrow and William Allen White. There is also an example of a petition which includes a list of "distinguished persons" who had signed the People's Mandate.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Mabel Vernon Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Created by: KM
Date: Sep 1987
Revision history: 7 Jul 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)
|SC 40||Abbott, Grace 17 Aug 1937|
|SC 40||Addams, Jane 10 Dec 1934 - 1 letter, 1 signed donation card|
|SC 40||Aydelotte, Frank 11 Mar 1942|
|SC 40||Bailey, (Irene) Temple 17 Mar 1933|
|SC 40||Baker, Newton Diehl 9 Mar 1933|
|SC 40||Buck, Pearl S. 11 Jul 1935|
|SC 40||Cadman, Samuel Parkes 23 May 1936|
|SC 40||Calderón Guardia, Rafael Angel 31 Mar 1944|
|SC 40||Capper, Arthur 16 Apr 1937|
|SC 40||Catt, Carrie 20 Aug 1946|
|SC 40||Clapper, Raymond 7 Jan 1943|
|SC 40||Cochran, Jacqueline 24 Oct 1937|
|SC 40||Daniels, Josephus 10 Jan 1945|
|SC 40||Davis, Norman H. 3 Sep 1941|
|SC 40||Fisher, Dorothy Canfield 1937, 1943 - 2 letters|
|SC 40||Flexner, Abraham 20 Nov 1940|
|SC 40||Gale, Zona 31 Aug 1935|
|SC 40||Gildersleeve, Virginia Crocheron 27 Jan 1937|
|SC 40||Glass, Meta 27 Oct 1937|
|SC 40||Graham, Frank Porter 30 Jan 1940|
|SC 40||Irwin, Inez Haynes 18 Jan 1937|
|SC 40||Landon, Alf (Alfred Mossman) 10 Jul 1942|
|SC 40||Lewis, Sinclair 5 May 1933|
|SC 40||Luce, Clare Boothe 1937, 1939 - 2 letters|
|SC 40||Mistral, Gabriela 1946 - 2 letters|
|SC 40||O'Day, Caroline 21 Dec 1934|
|SC 40||Owen, Ruth Bryan 9 Mar 1933|
|SC 40||Plaza Lasso, Galo 22 Mar 1946|
|SC 40||Rockefeller, Nelson 8 Dec 1941|
|SC 40||Rowe, Leo S. 13 Apr 1942|
|SC 40||Steinhardt, Laurence A. 4 Nov 1937|
|SC 40||Thomas, Lowell 10 Nov 1941|
|SC 40||Thomas, Martha Carey 3 Mar 1933|
|SC 40||Villard, Oswald Garrison 4 Jan 1947|
|SC 40||Wald, Lillian D. 13 Jun 1938|
|SC 40||Whitney, Alexander Fell 25 Jan 1937|
|SC 40||Willkie, Wendell 10 Feb 1943|
|SC 40||Woolley, Mary Emma 1936, 1942 - 2 letters|
|SC 40||Ziff, William Bernard 29 Sep 1945|
|SC 40||Petition: People's Mandate to Governments 1955|
William Allen White