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Esther Lape Papers, 1925-1978 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Collection Overview

Title: Esther Lape Papers, 1925-1978Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Lape, Esther

Extent: 2.4 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in four series: Correspondence, Subject Files (arranged in two subseries), Manuscripts, and Clippings and Printed materials.

Date Acquired: 06/01/1982

Abstract

This collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, clippings, and printed materials documenting the life and career of Esther Lape.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, clippings, and printed materials documenting the life and career of activist and educator Esther Lape. Materials range in date from 1925-1978 and the majority of correspondence is incoming.

Collection Historical Note

Esther Lape was born on October 8, 1881 in Wilmington, Delaware.  After graduating from Wellesley College, Lape continued in the world of academia as a professor of English at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona, and Barnard College in New York City. She was a researcher, journalist, and publicist. She was associated with the Women's Trade Union League and was one of the founders of the League of Women Voters.

In accordance with her efforts to promote American understanding of the need for international cooperation, Lape served as a Member-In-Charge of the American Peace Award Policy Committee in 1924. That same year the American Foundation was established with Esther Lape as director. She held that position until her reirement in 1956, but even then remained as a member of the Board of Directors. Her work with the Foundation prompted Calvin Coolidge to send her to Europe in 1927 as an unofficial envoy to secure the renewal of negotiations regarding the United States participation in the World Court. Lape's work for the Foundation also included promoting U.S. recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933 and studies of the problems of medical care in the United States.

Through her life partner, Elizabeth Read, Esther Lape became friends with Eleanor Roosevelt who worked with Lape and Read to draft articles for a weekly bulletin, City, State, and Nation.  Together, the three advocated for their shared political causes, including U.S. recognition of the Soviet Union, U.S. involvement in the World Court, and the inclusion of health care in the Social Security Act. Lape particularly worked to further health care through her writings, even after World War II came to the political forefront.

Esther Lape worked closely with Eleanor Roosevelt, Narcissa Vanderlip, and Helen Reid in the women's suffrage movement in New York. In the early 1960s, Esther Lape, Lady Stella Reading, and Helen Reid established the Organizing Committee for the group asking the Nobel Committee to consider granting a posthumous award of the Peace Prize to Eleanor Roosevelt.

In July of 1972, Lape donated her 147 acre Connecticut country estate, Salt Meadow, to the Federal Government as a wildlife refuge. Esther Lape died in 1981.

Administrative Information

Repository: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Access Restrictions: Material that consitutes an unwarranted invasion of privacy has been closed. The remaining materials are available for use by the general public.

Use Restrictions: Esther Lape's copyright interests in these papers have been donated to the United States Government. This material is subject to copyright restrictions under Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Acquisition Source: Olaga M. Bendix, The Bank of New York

Acquisition Method: Gift

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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

Box 1Add to your cart.

A - GeneralAdd to your cart.

B - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Boettiger, John and Franklin D. Roosevelt III (Joint Book), 1968Add to your cart.

Bok, CurtisAdd to your cart.

Bok, Nellie LeeAdd to your cart.

BowlesAdd to your cart.

Corr, Maureen, 1956-1969Add to your cart.

Edgar, Margaret T.Add to your cart.

G - GeneralAdd to your cart.

H., CarolineAdd to your cart.

Halsted, Anna and JimAdd to your cart.

Hickok, Lorena, 1962Add to your cart.

Holst, W. (Mrs. Roland)Add to your cart.

Huxley, AldousAdd to your cart.

Kiskadden, WilliamAdd to your cart.

Lash, JosephAdd to your cart.

Litvinoff, MaximAdd to your cart.

Loveland, FrankAdd to your cart.

M - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Phillips, EleanorAdd to your cart.

R - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1941-1944Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1945-1946Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1925, 1933-1939Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1947Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1948-1950Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1951-1955Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1956-1959Add to your cart.

Box 2Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1960-1962Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, undatedAdd to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor (From Lape to E.R.)Add to your cart.

Roosevelt FamilyAdd to your cart.

Schulmerich Carillons: PublicationsAdd to your cart.

S - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Schulmerich CarillonsAdd to your cart.

Thompson, Malvina, 1946Add to your cart.

Thompson, Malvina, 1938-1945Add to your cart.

Thompson, Malvina, 1947Add to your cart.

Thompson, Malvina, 1948-1952Add to your cart.

Thompson, Malvina, undatedAdd to your cart.

Vanderlip, NarcissaAdd to your cart.

Winternitz, M.C.Add to your cart.

W - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Series 2: Subject FilesAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 1: Noble Peace PrizeAdd to your cart.
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Box 3Add to your cart.

Correspondence, Memorandums, and Research Notes Concerning Efforts to Secure The Nomination of Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor Roosevelt: A - FAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Raymond Corry (of FDRL Staff)Add to your cart.

Correspondence with Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor Roosevelt: G -KAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with the Franklin D. Roosevelt LibraryAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor Roosevelt: L -OAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor Roosevelt: P - RAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Lady ReadingAdd to your cart.

Correspondence with Helen ReidAdd to your cart.

Box 4Add to your cart.

Correspondence with Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor Roosevelt: S - YAdd to your cart.

Complete File of Materials Sent to Nobel Committee, 1965Add to your cart.

Copies of Cover Letter and Enclosures Sent to Nobel CommitteeAdd to your cart.

Copies of Letters  Nominating Eleanor Roosevelt and Sent to Nobel Committee: A - MAdd to your cart.

Copies of Letters  Nominating Eleanor Roosevelt and Sent to Nobel Committee: N - UAdd to your cart.

Rules of the Nobel Committee and the Eligibility of Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Working Lists of the Possible Signers of the Nomination of Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Sub-Series 2: Other Subject FilesAdd to your cart.

Box 5Add to your cart.

The American FoundationAdd to your cart.

The American Foundation: Studies on CorrectionAdd to your cart.

The American Foundation: Financial Matters and MinutesAdd to your cart.

The American Foundation: "Proposal for a New Baltimore City Detention Center for Women," 1965Add to your cart.

The American Peace AwardAdd to your cart.

Cadet Honor Code at West PointAdd to your cart.

Da Capo Press, Inc.Add to your cart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt LibraryAdd to your cart.

Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, 1966Add to your cart.

Medical Research (reports on)Add to your cart.

National Broadcasting CompanyAdd to your cart.

Box 6Add to your cart.

Roosevelt, Eleanor: Materials ConcerningAdd to your cart.

University of Nebraska Commencement Speech, May 24, 1943Add to your cart.
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Series 3: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.

Box 6Add to your cart.

"Knowing the Ropes" or "So Naturally"Add to your cart.

"Salt Meadow"Add to your cart.

Series 4: Clippings and Printed MaterialsAdd to your cart.

Box 6Add to your cart.

Clippings - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Clippings - GeneralAdd to your cart.

Printed Matter:  Eleanor RooseveltAdd to your cart.

Printed Matter: Franklin D. RooseveltAdd to your cart.

US and USSR - Report on Relations (1)Add to your cart.

US and USSR - Report on Relations (2)Add to your cart.

The American Foundation Studies in Corrections Publications, 1964Add to your cart.
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