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Vera Wadsworth Beggs papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00015

Scope and Contents

The Vera Wadsworth Beggs Papers consist of correspondence, clippings, and organization files. The collection contains extensive correspondence of Carrie Chapman Catt describing women's rights work and activities for peace. The papers also contain materials relating to the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship, the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, the Foreign Policy Association, the New York Herald Tribune's Inter-American Conferences, and the Woman's Action Committee for Lasting Peace.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1932-1969


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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

Copyright ownership of Vera Wadsworth Beggs' writings is unknown. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Vera Wadsworth Beggs may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Pacifist, suffragist, civic leader, and international relations specialist, Vera Beggs worked closely with Carrie Chapman Catt from 1933 to 1938 as chairman of the Marathon Round Tables, a study and discussion project concerned with U. S. foreign policy carried on through the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War (NCCCW). Beggs chaired the NCCCW in the early 1940s and continued to be involved with its successor, the Women's Action Committee for Lasting Peace. She served as chairman of the Department of International Relations for the General Federation of Women's Clubs and in this capacity organized and conducted a Good Neighbor Tour of South America in 1940. Vera Wadsworth Beggs' date of birth is unknown; she died in 1968.


0.875 linear feet (2 containers)


Pacifist; Suffragist; Civic leader; International relations specialist. This small collection of Vera Beggs' papers includes extensive correspondence to and from Carrie Chapman Catt describing women's rights and peace activism and organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of this collection is uncertain. Vera Wadsworth Beggs probably donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection and additional papers were donated by E. Bernice Wood in 1969.

Related Material

Additional materials relating to Vera Wadsworth Beggs are housed at the Rutgers University Archives.

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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063