National Consumers' League

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Organization founded in 1899 to monitor the conditions under which goods were manufactured and distributed.

From the description of National Consumers' League records, 1882-1986 (bulk 1920-1950). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981678

The League was founded in 1898 to improve conditions for workers.

From the description of Records, 1912-1949 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006759

The National Consumers' League was founded in 1899 by the New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago Consumers' Leagues. Florence Kelley served as the first executive secretary (1899-1924). The League was concerned with bettering wages, hours and working conditions, especially those of women and children. It advocated child labor bans, minimum wage laws, and maximum hours for working women. A chief strategy of the organization was its "white list", a published listing of stores which followed fair labor practices; consumers were encouraged to patronize only these stores, and boycott others.

From the guide to the National Consumers' League files, 1904-1955., (Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library)

The National Consumers' League was founded in 1899 by the New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago Consumers' Leagues. Florence Kelly served as the first executive secretary (1899-1924). The League was concerned with bettering wages, hours and working conditions, especially those of women and children.

From the description of National Consumers' League files, 1904-1955. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63540276

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referencedIn Felix Frankfurter Papers, 1846-1966, (bulk 1907-1966) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1915-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Women's Joint Congressional Committee Records, 1920-1970, (bulk 1920-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937. Newton Diehl Baker papers, 1896-1962 (bulk 1916-1937). Library of Congress
referencedIn Nicholas Kelley papers, ca. 1845-1968, 1890-1968 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lawrence Graham Brooks papers, 1897-1981 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Records, 1905-2003 (inclusive), 1972-1997 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Consumers' League. [Pamphlets, etc.]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1930-1946, 1930-1940 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Additional papers, 1959-1979 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1845-1938 (bulk 1900-1938). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Block, Herbert, 1909- . Herb Block cartoon, 1977. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970. Papers, 1909-1987 (bulk: 1909-1965) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1890-1938 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman correspondence, 1911-1929, 1914-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Wiley, Anna Kelton, 1877-1964. Papers of Anna Kelton Wiley, 1798-1964 (bulk 1925-1960). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hillman, Bessie. Bessie Hillman correspondence, 1930-1970, 1945-1970 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970. Papers 1909-1965 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records, 1891-1955 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Consumers' League. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932, 1881-1932 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers, 1893-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1988 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Miscellaneous organizations collection, 1824-2000 (ongoing). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Wellford, Roberta,. Papers of Roberta Wellford [manuscript], 1918-1946 (bulk 1923-1939). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wiley, Anna Kelton, 1877-1964. Papers, 1893-1962 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932, 1881-1932 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf National Consumers' League files, 1904-1955. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Thompson, Sanford E. (Sanford Eleazer), 1867-1949. Sanford E. Thompson series 5, subseries 3. miscellaneous Taylor files, 1892-1963, bulk 1892-1915. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Keyserling, Mary (Dublin). Papers, 1924-1988 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1915-1960 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn McAllister, Dorothy Smith, 1899-1983. Dorothy Smith McAllister papers, ca. 1932-1967. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Women's Joint Congressional Committee. Records of the Women's Joint Congressional Committee, 1920-1970 (bulk 1920-1953). Library of Congress
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Papers, 1850-1974 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Sanford E. Thompson Papers, 1888-1949, bulk 1901-1935. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn La Follette family papers (primary record), 1781-1988 Library of Congress
referencedIn Miscellaneous Organizations Collection MS 482., circa 1824-2000 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf National Consumers' League. Records, 1922-1931. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Felix Frankfurter papers, 1846-1966 (bulk 1907-1966). Library of Congress
referencedIn La Follette family papers, 1781-1988 (bulk: 1910-1953) Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers of John Graham Brooks, 1805-1938 (bulk 1900-1938) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1924-1988 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965. Papers, ca.1895-1965. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf National Consumers' League. National Consumers' League files, 1904-1955. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Edelman, John, 1893-1971. John Edelman papers, 1913-1971, (bulk 1940-1971). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America,. Essay collection, 1952-1976 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers of Molly Dewson, 1893-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sikes, Madeleine Wallin, 1868-1955. Madeline Wallin Sikes papers, 1880-1950. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Nathan, Maud, b. 1862. Papers, 1890-1956 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Consumers' League. Records, 1912-1949 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dorothy Smith McAllister papers, ca. 1932-1967 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Consumers' Research, Inc. Consumerism general files--consumer organizations, 1927-1980. Rutgers University
creatorOf National Consumers' League Records, 1882-1986, (bulk 1920-1950) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Newton Diehl Baker Papers, 1896-1962, (bulk 1916-1937) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Papers: Series I-IV, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1998 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Papers of Clara Mortenson Beyer, 1911-1974 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America records, 1914-1980, 1920-1950 (bulk) Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn American Association for Labor Legislation. Records on Microfilm, 1905-1910 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Consumers' League of Massachusetts. Records, 1891-1955 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Anna Kelton Wiley Papers, 1798-1964, (bulk 1925-1960) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers, 1898-1961, 1921-1961 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. Additional papers, 1845-1938 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Essay collection of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 1952-1976 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Archives Organization File, 1875-1986, pt.2. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965. Nicholas Kelley papers, 1823-1967, bulk (1862-1967). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn LaFollette Family Papers, 1781-1988, (bulk 1900-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf National Consumers' League. National Consumers' League records, 1882-1986 (bulk 1920-1950). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Berry, Raymond H. person
associatedWith Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson) person
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correspondedWith Boston Women's Health Book Collective corporateBody
associatedWith Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938. person
associatedWith Brooks, Lawrence Graham, 1881-1981 person
associatedWith Burns, Eveline M. 1900-1985. person
associatedWith Commons, John R. 1862-1945. person
associatedWith Consumers' League of Massachusetts. corporateBody
associatedWith Consumers' League of Massachusetts. corporateBody
associatedWith Consumers' Research, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Costigan, Mabel Cory, ca. 1873-1951. person
associatedWith Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. person
associatedWith Douglas, Paul H. 1892-1976 person
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associatedWith Goldmark, Josephine, 1877-1950. person
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associatedWith Hadley, Eleanor M. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970. person
associatedWith Hillman, Bessie. person
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associatedWith John Graham Brooks, 1846-1938 person
associatedWith Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932. person
associatedWith Kelley, Nicholas, 1885-1965. person
associatedWith Keyserling, Mary (Dublin) person
associatedWith LaFollette family family
associatedWith Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932. person
associatedWith Marconnier, Emily Sims. person
associatedWith MARY (MOLLY) WILLIAMS DEWSON, 1874-1962 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McAllister, Dorothy Smith, 1899-1983. person
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associatedWith Women's Joint Congressional Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Wyckoff, Florence, 1905-1983. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New York (State)
Subject
Social legislation
Working class women--United States
Migrant labor--United States
Social security--United States
Labor
Women's rights
Consumers' leagues--United States
Migrant labor
Insurance, Unemployment--United States
Consumers
Women--Legal status, laws, etc
Consumers' leagues
Labor laws and legislation--United States
Disability insurance
Child labor
Public welfare
Insurance, Savings-bank life
Constitutional amendments--United States
Equal rights amendments
Constitutional amendments
Women--Employment--United States
Insurance, Savings-bank life--New York (State)
Labor laws and legislation
Hours of labor
Health insurance
War--Economic aspects--United States
Work environment
Insurance, Health--United States
Child labor--United States
Unemployment insurance
Working class women
Women--Employment
Social security
Insurance, Disability--United States
Public health
Equal pay for equal work
Lobbyists
Reformers
Wages
War--Economic aspects
Working class--Law and legislation
Equal pay for equal work--United States
Occupation
Activity
Lobbyists

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