League of Women Shoppers records
Scope and Contents
Consumer education, union organizing, workplace conditions, and popular front activism are some of the major subjects addressed in the collection. The records offer insight into the goals and activities of a typical popular front-era progressive group that organized women on the basis of their roles as wives, mothers, and consumers and aimed to improve conditions for women and for the working-class as a whole. In addition to documenting the League of Women Shoppers itself, the papers document major twentieth century historical trends such as the achievements of the industrial union movement in the 1930s, and the increasing attention devoted to race and gender issues in U.S. politics during and after World War II.
Dates of Materials
- 1937 - 2001
- Majority of material found within 1937-1944
- League of Women Shoppers (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
The Dies Committee branded the League of Women Shoppers a subversive organization in 1939. Nevertheless, League members continued to participate in a variety of consumer and union organizing campaigns through the early years of the 1940s. When the U.S. became formally involved in World War II, the League expanded its program to include efforts to support rationing and discourage black market sales of goods in short supply. In 1944, League members-whose numbers had decreased significantly from the late 1930s-worked for Franklin Roosevelt's reelection to a fourth term, but by 1945 the LWS engaged in fewer and fewer activities and soon faded out of existence.
1 boxes (.25 linear feet)
- I. Administration
- II. Activities and Members
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Consumer education -- United States
- Consumers' leagues -- United States
- Labor movement
- Labor movement -- 20th century
- Labor unions -- United States -- 20th century
- League of Women Shoppers
- League of Women Shoppers
- O'Connor, Jessie Lloyd
- Popular fronts -- United States -- 20th century
- Work environment -- United States -- 20th century
- League of Women Shoppers records
- Finding Aid
- Kate Weigand
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
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