Tree, Marietta, 1917-1991

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Mary Endicott Tree, known as Marietta, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on April 12, 1917, the daughter of Malcolm and Mary (Parkman) Peabody. She attended the University of Pennsylvania before marrying Desmond FitzGerald, a lawyer; a daughter, Frances, was born in 1940. Deeply interested in politics and social issues, Tree worked with Dorothy Paley, William Paley's first wife, to establish a nursery school in Harlem and to found Sydenham Hospital, the first multi-racial hospital in the United States. In 1947 she and FitzGerald divorced and she married Ronald Tree, a former Conservative member of the British Parliament. They had a daughter, Penelope, in 1949. Tree was active in Adlai E. Stevenson's presidential campaigns and in 1961, President Kennedy, on Stevenson's recommendation, named Tree U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations. In 1966 Tree embarked on a State Department-sponsored fact-finding tour of Asia, with particular emphasis on human rights and the status of women; the following year she served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention. In 1968 she became a partner in the urban planning company, Llewelyn-Davies Associates, and she was an active (and sometimes the only female) member of many committees and boards, including the Citizens Committee for New York City, and Central Broadcasting Station (CBS). She also worked as a consulting editor and scout for Architectural Digest. She died of cancer in 1991.

From the description of Papers, 1917-1995 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008497

Civic leader, diplomatic representative.

From the description of Reminiscences of Marietta Tree: oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587849

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Atkins, Oliver F., 1916-1977. Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection, 1943-1975. George Mason University, Fenwick Library
creatorOf Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. papers, 1922-2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. Interviews, 1981-1983 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Commencement 1967, photographs. Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Warren Hunting Smith Library
referencedIn Cooper, Lorraine Rowan, 1906-1985. Papers, 1936-1983 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Tree, Marietta, 1917-1991. Papers, 1917-1995 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. papers, 1922-2007 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Tree, Marietta, 1917-1991. Reminiscences of Marietta Tree: oral history, 1967. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sage Colleges Archives. Honorary degree recipient for 1962, Marietta Tree. The Sage Colleges Libraries
referencedIn Skouras, Spyros P., 1893-1971. Spyros P. Skouras papers, 1942-1971. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Kirchwey, Freda. Papers, 1871-1972 (inclusive), 1937-1971 (bulk) [microform]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Bancroft, Mary. Papers, 1872-1997 (inclusive), 1932-1987 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. Adlai E. Stevenson papers, 1861-1990 (bulk 1952-1965). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. Letters, 1948-1965. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Peabody, Mary. Papers, 1883-1997 (inclusive) 1904-1981 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Eleanor Roosevelt oral history project, 1977-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Radcliffe College Archives biography files, 1855-2007 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection, 1943-1975 George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alsop, Susan Mary. person
associatedWith Atkins, Oliver F., 1916-1977. person
associatedWith Bancroft, Mary. person
associatedWith Berlin, Isaiah, Sir. person
associatedWith Bolté, Charles G. (Charles Guy), 1920- person
associatedWith Bruce, David. person
associatedWith Bruce, Evangeline. person
associatedWith CBS Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Citizens Committee for New York City. corporateBody
associatedWith Cooper, Lorraine Rowan, 1906-1985. person
associatedWith Davis, Kenneth, person
associatedWith Ditchley Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Engle, Paul, 1908-1991. person
associatedWith FitzGerald, Frances, 1940- person
associatedWith Hewitt, William Alexander, 1914- person
associatedWith Huston, John, 1906-1987. person
associatedWith Jenkins, Roy, 1920-2003. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kirchwey, Freda. person
associatedWith Llewelyn-Davies Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Llewelyn-Davis, Richard, Baron, 1912- person
associatedWith Oliver F. Atkins, 1916-1977 person
associatedWith Pan Am Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Peabody, Endicott, 1920-1997. person
associatedWith Peabody, Malcolm Endicott. person
associatedWith Peabody, Mary. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007. person
associatedWith Skouras, Spyros P., 1893-1971. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1930- person
associatedWith Tree, Penelope. person
associatedWith Tree, Ronald, 1897-1976. person
associatedWith United Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith United Nations. Commission on Human Rights. corporateBody
associatedWith Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Mothers and daughters
City planning
Courtship
Diplomacy
Divorce
Civic Activism
Family records
Diplomatic representatives--Interviews
Socialites
Adultery
Civic leaders
Civic leaders--Interviews
Occupation
Activity

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Birth 1917-04-17

Death 1991-08-15

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