Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979

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Anna Lord Strauss, civic worker, was born in New York City on September 20, 1899, the daughter of Albert and Lucretia Mott (Lord) Strauss and the maternal great-granddaughter of the abolitionist and woman suffrage leader Lucretia Mott. She was educated in New York City and attended the New York School of Secretaries. In 1918 she became a secretary in the New York office of the Federal Reserve Board. She held several similar positions in state and federal government before joining the staff of Century Magazine in 1923; here she advanced from secretary to assistant to the editor, assistant editor, and managing editor, continuing in the last position until 1929.

In 1934 ALS became a member of the League of Women Voters, to which she devoted the major portion of her energies for the next sixteen years. She served as president of the LWV of New York City from 1937 to 1943, and was elected national president in 1944, having filled various national offices as a member of the National Board. After her presidential term ended (1950), ALS continued to work with the League in various capacities: president, Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, 1954-1959; trustee, Overseas Education Fund; and others.

Both Presidents Eisenhower and Truman appointed her to national and international boards and missions; the most prominent were the President's Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights (1951), and the U. S. Delegation to the United Nations Sixth General Assembly, which met in Paris in 1951-1952. ALS continued her interest in the United Nations with the directorship of the American Association for the United Nations and membership in the United States Committee for the United Nations and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. During the 1960s she devoted much of her time to the Committee of Correspondence, New York City, a group of eighteen American women who exchanged ideas and experience with women leaders throughout the world in order to bring about better understanding and cooperation.

From the guide to the Papers, 1918-1977, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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referencedIn Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. Papers, 1927-1979 (inclusive) 1934-1979 (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 Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1961. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers of Frieda S. Miller, 1909-1973 (inclusive), 1929-1967 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Scott, Anne Firor, 1921-. Papers, 1939-2000. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. Papers, 1918-1977 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Biography collection, 1771-1995 (bulk 1920s-70s). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Gellhorn, Edna Fischel, 1878-1970. Papers, 1919-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn American Council on Education. Records, 1951. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records, 1946-1966, 1978 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Stone, Kathryn H. (Kathryn Haeseler), 1906-. Papers of Kathryn H. Stone [manuscript], 1906-1983 (bulk 1943-1982). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Doty, Douglas Zabriskie, 1874-1935. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1899-1925. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. Reminiscences of Anna Lord Strauss : oral history, 1972. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. The reminiscences of Miss Anna Lord Strauss. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Miller, Frieda S. Papers, 1909-1973 (inclusive), 1929-1967 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Parris, Guichard Auguste Bolivar, 1903-1990. Papers, ca. 1910-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lee, Percy Maxim, 1906-. The reminiscences of Percy M. Lee. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958. Papers, 1935-1958 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Lee, Dorothy McCullough, 1901-. Papers, 1905-1963 (inclusive), 1928-1963 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stone, Kathryn H. (Kathryn Haeseler), 1906-. Papers of Kathryn H. Stone [manuscript], 1916-1995 (bulk 1941-1985). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1905-1963 (inclusive), 1928-1963 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1928-1996 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Scott, Anne Firor, 1921-. Anne Firor Scott papers, 1939-2002. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gellhorn, Edna Fischel, 1878-1970. Papers, 1919-1960 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn National Council of Negro Women. Correspondence : with Marian Anderson, 1951-1980. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Wood, L. Hollingsworth (Levi Hollingsworth), 1874-1956. Papers, 1910-1953. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, Mary, 1872-1964. Papers, 1918-1960 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Biography Collection MS 393., 1771-1995, 1920-1970 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Papers, 1918-1977 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Records, 1951 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dummer, Ethel Sturges, 1866-1954. Papers, 1689-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Anderson, Mary, 1872-1964. person
associatedWith Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958 person
associatedWith Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson) person
associatedWith Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Oral History Research Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee for Economic Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee of Correspondence. corporateBody
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associatedWith Connecticut College. corporateBody
associatedWith Dummer, Ethel Sturges, 1866-1954 person
associatedWith Eichelberger, Clark M. (Clark Mell), 1896-1980 person
associatedWith Fair Campaign Practices Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Fund for Adult Education (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gellhorn, Edna Fischel, 1878-1970 person
associatedWith Gellhorn, Mary Ethel Minus. (Kitty), 1909-2013 person
associatedWith International Alliance of Women. corporateBody
associatedWith League of Women Voters of New York City corporateBody
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associatedWith League of Women Voters (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lee, Dorothy McCullough, 1901- person
associatedWith Lee, Percy Maxim, 1906- person
correspondedWith MARTHA (RAGSDALE) RAGLAND, 1906-1996 person
associatedWith Miller, Frieda Segelke, 1889-1973 person
associatedWith Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880. person
associatedWith National Council of Negro Women. corporateBody
associatedWith Overseas Education Fund (League of Women Voters (U.S.)) corporateBody
associatedWith Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters corporateBody
associatedWith Parris, Guichard Auguste Bolivar, 1903-1990. person
associatedWith Picker, Jean Sovatkin, 1921- person
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associatedWith Scott, Anne Firor, 1921- person
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associatedWith Swanberg, W. A., 1907- person
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associatedWith United States. President's Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights. corporateBody
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associatedWith World Fund. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York City NY US
Subject
International agencies
Internal security
Education
Civil rights workers--Interviews
Associations, institutions, etc
Women--International cooperation
Women's rights
Civil rights
Citizenship
International cooperation
Women in public life
Occupation
Women's rights activists
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Person

Birth 1899-09-20

Death 1979-02-23

Female

Americans

English

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