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Consumers' League of Kentucky records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00323

Scope and Contents

The Consumers' League of Kentucky Records cover the period from 1901 to 1951. Types of material include histories and reports, printed materials, correspondence, and minutes. The records of the Consumers League of Kentucky consist of 1 linear foot of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, reference material, and histories. The minutes reflect the overall activities of the League during its first forty years of existence as it worked to inform public opinion and lobbied for legislation. Child labor, compulsory education, working conditions, minimum wage, and social security were among the state legislative topics that the League addressed. The majority of the correspondence, generated by President Anna H. Settle, deals with the League's work in supporting Kentucky's minimum wage law (1938-41).

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1901-1951
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1901-1941


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

The Consumers' League of Kentucky was organized in Louisville on January 31, 1901 with the goal of using their power as consumers to improve wages and working conditions for women and children. The state organization was affiliated with the National Consumers' League, founded eleven years earlier. Ann Ainslie Halleck was the League's first president and served in that post until 1930 when Anna Hubbuch Settle succeeded her, serving until 1944. The League sought to remedy poor working and living conditions by addressing laborers' health and education, by influencing public opinion, and by introducing and supporting favorable legislation. The League also observed and verified the state's enforcement of labor laws, in particular through its support for the establishment of factory inspection offices, the reorganization of the state labor department, and the work of the Department of Industrial Relations. The League wrote its own model industrial sanitation code, founded a vocational school in Louisville, and consistently supported industrial education.

Some of the League's most important work included the establishment of a vocational school; campaigns for early Christmas shopping and shorter shopping hours; and helping to legislate compulsory education, the ten hour law for women, and the minimum wage law. The League also undertook its own investigations into the living and working conditions of women laborers. The Consumer's League of Kentucky also was involved in state and national committees. Representatives from the League served on the Advisory Board of the Commissioner of Agriculture, reorganized the State Department of Labor and were the first women labor inspectors. During World War I, Ainslie Halleck served on the Council of National Defense's Committee of Women in Industry. During the Great Depression the League also had representatives on the Women's Division of the National Recovery Project and participated in the creation of the Social Security Program. In the 1930's and 1940's, the League fought against the Equal Rights Amendment both locally and nationally.


1.979 linear feet (4 containers)


The Consumers' League of Kentucky, includes histories and reports, printed materials, correspondence, and minutes. Child labor, compulsory education, working conditions, minimum wage, and social security were among the state legislative topics that the League addressed.


This collection is organized into two series:

  1. I. Administration and History
  2. II. Minutes and Reports
  3. Additional Formats

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were assembled and sent to the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, in 1967 by Marguerite Marsh of Louisville, a League member, treasurer (1919-21), and executive secretary (1922-23).

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been microfilmed and a copy is included in the collection.

Related Material

National Consumers' League Records are at the Library of Congress, Manuscripts Division, Washington, D.C.

Processing Information

Reprocessed in 2002 by Jessica Petocz, student assistant.

Consumers' League of Kentucky records
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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