Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson)

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Labor law specialist. Clara Mortenson Beyer (1892- ) began her career with the U.S. government as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board in 1918. She was executive secretary for the Washington, D.C. Minimum Wage Board, 1919-1921. In the Department of Labor she served as economist for the Children's Bureau, 1928-1931, as director of the industrial division, 1931-1934, as associate director, 1934-1957, and from 1957 to 1958 as acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. She was advisor in the International Cooperation Administration, 1958-1961, and the Agency for International Development, and served in various capacities in other federal, international, and women's agencies.

From the description of Interview, 1983. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007523

Labor law specialist. Clara Mortenson (Mrs. Otto) Beyer (1892- ) began her career for the U.S. government as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board in 1918. She was executive secretary for the DC Minimum Wage Board from 1919 to 1921. In the Department of Labor she served as economist for the Children's Bureau, 1928-1931, as director of the industrial division, 1931-1934, as associate director, 1934-1957, and from 1957 to 1958 as acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. She then served as advisor in the International Cooperation Administration, 1958-1961, and the Agency for International Development, and in various capacities with the Organization of American States, the International Labor Organisation, and other federal, international, and women's agencies.

From the description of Papers, 1911-1974 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122387285

Labor law specialist Clara Mortenson (Mrs. Otto) Beyer (1892-1990) began her career for the United States government as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board in 1918. She was executive secretary for the District of Columbia Minimum Wage Board from 1919 to 1921. In the Department of Labor she served as economist for the Children's Bureau, 1928-1931, as director of the industrial division, 1931-1934, as associate director, 1934-1957, and from 1957 to 1958 as acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. She then served as advisor in the International Cooperation Administration, 1958-1961, and the Agency for International Development, and in various capacities with the Organization of American States, the International Labour Organisation, and other federal, international, and women's agencies.

From the description of Additional papers, 1959-1979 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 535251877

Clara Mortenson Beyer, connected with the U.S. Department of Labor from 1921-1958 and specialist in labor law, was born April 13, 1892 near Middletown, Lake County, California. She was the sixth daughter of Morten Mortenson and Mary Frederickson. Her parents were Danish immigrants, and when her father died at an early age, her mother worked as an unskilled laborer. It was as a participant in the hard life of the unskilled that Clara Mortenson became interested in the problems of the laboring classes. She received a B.S. from the University of California in 1915 and an M.S. from the same university in 1916. She stayed at California from 1915 to 1917 as an instructor and then moved to Bryn Mawr to become an instructor in labor economics from 1917 to 1918.

Clara Mortenson began her government career in the labor field in 1918. At this time she served as executive assistant on the War Labor Policies Board. From 1919 to 1921 she was executive secretary for the D.C. Minimum Wage Board. On July 30, 1920 she married Otto Sternoff-Beyer. They had three children; Morten, Donald, and Richard.

Mrs. Beyer came to the U.S. Department of Labor in 1928 where she served as economist for the Children's Bureau until 1931. She then became director of the industrial division from 1931 to 1934, and from 1934 to 1957 she was associate director of the Bureau of Labor Standards. During 1957-1958 Mrs. Beyer was acting director of the Bureau of Labor Standards.

After her retirement from the Department of Labor in 1958, Mrs. Beyer was continually active in labor related government projects. In 1958, she became technical assistance program advisor for the International Cooperation Administration. In 1961, she went to the Agency for International Development as an advisor in labor law administration.

From 1938-1953 Mrs. Beyer attended the International Labor Organization's annual conferences as a United States Government Advisor. Her other interests include, the National Consumers League, National Child Labor Committee, League of Women Voters, Overseas Education Fund, and the McLean Civic League.

From the guide to the Papers, 1911-1965, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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referencedIn Anderson, James R. Frances Perkins. Interviews. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1998 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Raushenbush, Elizabeth Brandeis. Paul A. Raushenbush and Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush papers, 1918-1980. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Interview, 1983. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Raushenbush, Elizabeth Brandeis, 1896-1984. Papers, 1920-1967 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Additional papers, 1959-1979 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
creatorOf Papers, 1911-1965 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf 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 Women in the Federal Government Oral History Project. Records, 1981-1991 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Beyer, Clara M. (Clara Mortenson). Additional papers, 1959-1979 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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 Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Albums, 1861-1962 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Edwards, India. person
associatedWith Eliot, Martha M. (Martha May), b. 1891. person
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
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associatedWith Goldmark, Josephine, 1877-1950. person
associatedWith Goldmark, Pauline Dorothea. person
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associatedWith Hutchinson, Mary H. person
associatedWith Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952. person
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associatedWith Keyserling, Mary Dublin. person
associatedWith Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932. person
associatedWith Lee, Percy Maxim, 1906- person
associatedWith Lenroot, Katharine F. (Katharine Fredrica), 1891-1982. person
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Migrant labor
Labor laws and legislation
Labor and laboring classes--Standards
Social security
International agencies
Industrial hygiene
Women labor union members
Women--Employment
Home labor
Labor congresses
Working class women
Labor
Child welfare
Women's rights--Congresses
Vocational education
World War, 1939-1945--War work
Women
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