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Alice Mayer Stetten papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00153

Scope and Contents

The Alice Mayer Stetten papers contain little personal material; they consist primarily of correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, and memorabilia documenting her work with the American-Korean Foundation, the American Women's Association's Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, the Common Council for American Unity (later called American Council for Nationalities Service), the National Coucil of Women, the Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Commission. Significant correspondents include Hubert Humphrey, Jacqueline Kennedy, Dorothy Kenyon, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maurine Neuberger, Robert Wagner, and Ruth Woodsmall. There is also some third-party correspondence (written to others) from Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Adlai Stevenson, and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1972

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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

Alice Mayer was born in New York City on November 19, 1882 and educated by tutors and in private schools. She married a surgeon, DeWitt Stetten, and until World War II spent summers with him in their home on the Yugoslav island of Korcul. A life-long New York City resident, she travelled extensively and was fluent in several languages. Alice Mayer Stetten served as the convener of the International Relations and Peace section of the International Council of Women, which she--along with Rose Parsons--revitalized after World War II. In addition to her work with the ICW Stetten served as Vice-president of the National Council of Women, as Director of the American Council Nationalities Service and the Carrie Chapmann Catt Memorial Fund, and participated in a variety of other organizations committed to bettering international relations. Stetten died on October 7, 1972.

Extent

1.667 linear feet (4 containers)

Overview

Alice Mayer Stetten was a civic leader, pacifist, philanthropist, and international relations specialist. Papers consist primarily of correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, and memorabilia documenting Stetten's work with the American-Korean Foundation, the American Women's Association's Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, the Common Council for American Unity (later called American Council for Nationalities Service), the National Council of Women, the Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters, and the Women's Action Commission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by James J. Loeb on an unknown date.
Title
Finding aid to the Alice Mayer Stetten papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Date
© 2005
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-09: Added container listing and updated finding aid.

Repository Details

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

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