Elinor Coleman Guggenheimer, public official and civic worker, was born in 1912 and educated at Vassar and Barnard (AB 1934). A woman of great organizing ability and many interests, ECG took her first paid position during World War II as manager of the Film Training Bureau of the Division of Training, Civil Service Commission, New York City, 1942-1944. She founded and directed the Day Care Council of New York, 1948-1964, and the Day Care and Child Development Council of America, 1958-1965. She was a member of the Agency for Child Development Commissions, 1971-1974 and affiliated with many other child care organizations. From 1961-1968, as member of the New York City Planning Commission, ECG was involved with many aspects of the planning and organization of the parks system, and also lectured and wrote on urban recreation and park planning. From 1971-1973, ECG was the moderator of a daily television public affairs program and the producer of "Spotlight on New Yorkers." During 1974-1976, ECG served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. ECG was also active in the women's movement as member of the Advisory Committee of the National and New York City branch of the National Organization for Women, and as Council member of the National Women's Political Caucus. A devoted supporter of many New York and national voluntary agencies, especially the National Council of Jewish Women, ECG was also deeply involved in a wide range of New York City cultural activities.
For complete résumé, see folder #1.
From the guide to the Papers, (1959-1976), 1980, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)