Joseph and Mary Fels papers, 1840-1956 (inclusive), 1905-1944 (bulk).


Joseph and Mary Fels papers, 1840-1956 (inclusive), 1905-1944 (bulk).

The correspondence and printed materials in this collection provide a wealth of information related to the progress of the single tax and land reform movements in various countries from the 1890s until the 1950s. The United States and England are the two countries most extensively documented. Mary Fels's correspondence includes some documentation of her philanthropic work in Palestine and her decisions regarding the continuation of her late husband's charitable works. While Mary and Joseph Fels are primarily represented, several other notable intellectual and political figures recur as correspondents throughout the collection, including Daniel Kiefer, chairman of the commission of the Joseph Fels Fund of America; Newton D. Baker, mayor of Cleveland from 1912 to 1916 and secretary of war under President Wilson from 1916 to 1921; George Lansbury, member of Parliament and Cabinet minister; and Frank Smith, divisional commander of the London Salvation Army and Labor Party member of Parliament. The collection also contains a few original photographs of Joseph and Mary Fels. This collection was assembled by Arthur P. Dudden, a Bryn Mawr College professor who used the materials while researching Joseph Fels. Dudden's book, Joseph Fels and the Single-Tax Movement, was published in 1971; approximately two boxes of Dudden's notes for this work are also found in the collection.

11 boxes 5 vols., (5.4 linear ft.)


SNAC Resource ID: 6706431

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