Luscomb, Florence, 1887-

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From the description of Oral history interview with Florence Luscomb, 1976. (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32321605

Florence Hope Luscomb, social and political activist, earned an S.B. in architecture (M.I.T., 1909), and worked as an architect until 1917, when she became executive secretary for the Boston Equal Suffrage Association.

From the description of Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1904-1959 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008705

Florence Hope Luscomb, social and political activist, was born in Lowell, Mass., on February 6, 1887, the daughter of Otis and and Hannah Skinner (Knox) Luscomb. With an S.B. in architecture (M.I.T., 1909), she worked as an architect until 1917, when she became executive secretary for the Boston Equal Suffrage Association. She held positions in the Massachusetts Civic League and other organizations and agencies until 1933, when she became a full-time social and political activist. In the early 1920s Luscomb began to serve on the boards of civil rights, civil liberties, and other organizations; over the next 50 years these included the NAACP (Boston), the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the American League for Peace and Democracy, and many others. She helped organize and was president of a Boston local of the United Office and Professional Workers of America.

Luscomb ran unsuccessfully for the Boston City Council, U.S. House of Representatives, and governor of Massachusetts. Never a communist, she opposed anti-communist investigations as attempts to curtail dissent and in the 1950s worked to stop them. In 1955 she was investigated as a subversive by government committees in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Luscomb travelled to the Soviet Union in 1935 and illegally to China in 1962 and attended several international peace and women's conferences. In the 1960s she worked against the Vietnam War and in the 1970s frequently spoke to women's groups and conferences. From the 1950s to the mid 1970s, Luscomb lived in cooperative houses, usually with much younger people. She died in Watertown, Mass., in 1985 at 98.

From the description of Papers, 1856-1987 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008111

Florence Hope Luscomb, social and political activist, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on February 6, 1887, the daughter of Otis and Hannah Skinner (Knox) Luscomb. With an S.B. in architecture (M.I.T., 1909), she worked as an architect until 1917, when she became executive secretary for the Boston Equal Suffrage Association. She held positions in the Massachusetts Civic League and other organizations and agencies until 1933, when she became a full-time social and political activist. In the early 1920s Luscomb began to serve on the boards of civil rights, civil liberties, and other organizations; over the next 50 years these included the NAACP (Boston), the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the American League for Peace and Democracy, and many others. She helped organize and was president of a Boston local of the United Office and Professional Workers of America.

Luscomb ran unsuccessfully for the Boston City Council, U.S. House of Representatives, and governor of Massachusetts. Never a communist, she opposed anti-communist investigations as attempts to curtail dissent and in the 1950s worked to stop them. In 1955 she was investigated as a subversive by government committees in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Luscomb travelled to the Soviet Union in 1935 and illegally to China in 1962 and attended several international peace and women's conferences. In the 1960s she worked against the Vietnam War and in the 1970s frequently spoke to women's groups and conferences. From the 1950s to the mid 1970s, Luscomb lived in cooperative houses, usually with much younger people. She died in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1985 at 98.

From the description of Additional papers of Florence Luscomb, 1888-1988 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 552031725

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referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Albums, ca., 1861-1962 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Biography Collection MS 393., 1771-1995, 1920-1970 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Interview transcripts, 1978. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Edmund C. Berkeley papers, 1923-1988 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
creatorOf Luscomb, Florence, 1887-. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1904-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan--Wayne State University). Program on Women and Work. Transcripts of oral history project, 1970-1978 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Luscomb, Florence, 1887-. Oral history interview with Florence Luscomb, 1976. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Papers, 1919-1991 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University). Program on Woman and Work. Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, Women and Work Program (University of Michigan) transcripts of oral history project, 1978-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Luscomb, Florence, 1887-. Papers, 1856-1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records, 1967-1990 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Woman's Rights Collection (WRC) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Stantial, Edna Lamprey. Papers of Edna Lamprey Stantial, 1861-1999. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Trade union women oral history project, 1978-1979 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Durr, Virginia Foster. Papers: Series I, 1919-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers of Eleanor Flexner, 1895?-1995 Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records, 1916-ca.1976 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Luscomb, Florence, 1887-. Additional papers of Florence Luscomb, 1888-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Boston N.O.W. Records, 1967-1990 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Helen Tufts Bailie Papers MS 9., 1886-1959 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970. Papers, 1968-1970. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Colby, Dorothy. Papers, 1937-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Nichols family. Papers of the Nichols-Shurtleff family, 1780-1953 (inclusive), 1850-1940 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Consumers' League of Massachusetts. Records, 1891-1955 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Trainor, Augusta M. Papers, 1929-1991 (inclusive), 1969-1991 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn O'Farrell, Brigid. O'Farrell and Kornbluh papers, 1889-1996. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1895?-1995 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Woman's Rights Collection (WRC) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Albums, 1861-1962 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Kinderman, Katharine Bancroft Schlesinger, 1942-. Papers, 1969-1970 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch. Records, 1915-1977 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Florence Hope Luscomb Oral History, 1972-1973 University of Rhode Island Library Special Collections and Archives Unit
referencedIn Berkeley, Edmund Callis. Edmund C. Berkeley papers, 1923-1980. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Biography collection, 1771-1995 (bulk 1920s-70s). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Lamb, Helen Boyden. Papers, 1937-1975 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn International Women's Day (1970 : Cambridge, Mass.). Notes and program, 1970. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937. Papers, 1859-1944 (inclusive), 1882-1944 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Berkeley, Edmund C. (Edmund Callis). person
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associatedWith Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. corporateBody
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associatedWith Consumers' League of Massachusetts. corporateBody
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associatedWith Durr, Virginia Foster. person
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associatedWith Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937. person
associatedWith Flexner, Eleanor, 1908-1995. person
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associatedWith Howe, Louisa Pinkham. person
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associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Kinderman, Katharine Bancroft Schlesinger, 1942- person
associatedWith La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925. person
associatedWith Lamb, Helen Boyden. person
associatedWith League of Women Shoppers. corporateBody
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associatedWith Luscomb, Hannah Skinner. person
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associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. corporateBody
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associatedWith Nathan, Otto, 1893-1987. person
associatedWith National American Woman Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Boston Branch. corporateBody
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associatedWith New York State Woman Suffrage Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols family. family
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associatedWith O'Farrell, Brigid, person
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associatedWith Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928. person
associatedWith Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. person
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associatedWith People's Labor Party. corporateBody
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associatedWith Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Ryan, Ida Annah. person
associatedWith Sarton, May, 1912-1995. person
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associatedWith Stantial, Edna Lamprey. person
associatedWith Strom, Sharon Hartman person
associatedWith Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970. person
associatedWith Taylor, Glen H. (Glen Hearst), 1904-1984. person
associatedWith Trainor, Augusta M. person
associatedWith United Office and Professional Workers of America. corporateBody
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associatedWith Uphaus, Willard E., 1890-1983. (Willard Edwin) person
associatedWith Upton, Harriet Taylor. person
associatedWith Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Boston Branch. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League. corporateBody
associatedWith World Conference for General Disarmament and Peace (1962 : Moscow, Soviet Union). corporateBody
associatedWith World Congress for International Women's Year (1975 : Berlin, Germany : East). corporateBody
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Birth 1887

Death 1985

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