In Her Own Right

Biddle Family Papers

Date created 1793-01-01 – 1951-01-01
Creators Various
Abstract The collection contains correspondence, journal, letterbooks, and account books, together with other manuscript material reflecting the social and cultural life and religious activities of a prominent Quaker family of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Papers of Lucy Biddle Lewis (1861-1941) are important for association with the women's suffrage movement and for early activities of the American Friends Service Committee.
Description In letters to her family and a few friends, suffragist and peace activist Lucy Biddle Lewis described her trips to the Hague in 1915 and Zurich in 1919 for peace conferences. Her papers do not make up a tremendous amount of this collection, but the letters are quite detailed, descriptive, and interesting. They discuss Lewis's friendship with and fondness for Jane Addams, as well as her interactions with other prominent women, including Emily Greene Balch, Jeannette Rankin, and Florence Kelley. She also discusses topics including Wilson and the peace process, the state of postwar Europe, post-war relief efforts, Russian politics, and working with Hoover.
Research interest These letters serve as a nice, more candid supplement to the more official Woman's Peace Party papers, shedding light on some of the activists involved and the real, on-the-ground difficulties they faced in working for peace.
Size 4 lf
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Contributing institution Friends Historical Library: Swarthmore College
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