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Florence Seaver Slocomb Papers, 1876-1930
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 144

Abstract:
Woman's club leader and suffragist. The papers document Slocomb's broad involvement in a variety of civic affairs, social causes and political movements. Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings make up about half of the collection. The rest consists of a small amount of correspondence, articles, speeches, and one photograph. Materials document her World War I service, women's club activities, and campaigns for suffrage, pure food, and jury service for women.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Florence Seaver Slocomb, 1906

Florence Seaver Slocomb, 1906

Florence Seaver was born in Massachusetts on April 26, 1867. Her father, Nathanial Seaver was a Unitarian minister who served various churches including those in Leicester, Millbury, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Smith College in 1889 and went on to teach high school in North Easton, Massachusetts. In 1895 she married George Albert Slocomb, a well-known Worcester physician. She became active in the Unitarian church and was a prominent figure in the Worcester Women's Club where she advocated for the causes of women's education and prison reform. By the turn-of-the-century, she was well-known for her work for woman suffrage and for pure food. She provided wartime service through War Camp Community Service in 1919-1920 and was appointed a member of the Woman's Committee, Council of National Defense. With the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, she became active in the League of Women Voters. In 1924 she was appointed to the Council of Women and Children in Industry and, in 1926 was the first woman from Worcester County elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. In the 1930s she was a staunch advocate for jury service for women. She also lectured and wrote for various magazines. She died in 1955.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers consist of an assortment of materials that document Slocomb's broad involvement in a variety of civic affairs, social causes and political movements. Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings make up about half of the collection. The rest consists of a small amount of correspondence, articles, speeches, and one photograph. Articles, announcements, bulletins, certificates, pamphlets, programs, and reports document her WWI service, women's club activities, and campaigns for suffrage, pure food, and jury service for women. The scrapbooks contain some biographical information.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Florence Seaver Slocomb Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

Florence Seaver Slocomb donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1959. Additional items were donated to the collection by Inez Seaver in 1960.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Clippings



Woman suffrage (Worcester, Mass.): newspaper clippings,
1912-15

Box 1: folder 1
Mass. State Legislature: newspaper clippings,
1924-28

Box 1
Domestic Science and Pure Food Exposition (Worcester, Mass.): brochures, programs and articles,
1912

Box 1: folder 2
Jury duty for women (including legislative work of Mass. Senate and House): pamphlets, articles and announcements,
1928

Box 1: folder 3
Letters



Harriet B. Waters, editor General Federation Bulletin,
1912

Box 1: folder 4
Freeman M. Saltus, President Worcester Central Labor Union,
1928

Box 1
Frederic W. Cook, Secretary, Commonwealth of Mass. (re: salaries of teachers),
1928

Box 1
Edna C. Barry, Secretary to the Speaker of the House (Mass. legislature),
1928

Box 1
League of Women Voters (Mass.): bulletins and programs,
1927-29

Box 1: folder 5
Programs: club programs listing Mrs. Slocomb as a speaker (includes announcement of a series of lectures in Parliamentary Law for women given by Mrs. Slocomb),
1909-30

Box 1: folder 6
Red Cross: badge and certificate of merit,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Republican State Committee (Mass.): brochures and programs,
1928

Box 1: folder 8
War service


Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence from H. S. Braucher, Secretary, War Camp Community Service, enclosing identification card,
1920

Box 1
Certificate from Governor of Massachusetts appointing F.S.S. a member of Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense,
1918

Box 1
Women's colleges: article by F.S.S. from Smith College Monthly,
1902

Box 1: folder 10
Worcester Women's Club: articles, pictures and treasurer's report,
1910-11

Box 1: folder 11
Photograph: of Florence Seaver Slocomb,
1906

Box 1: folder 12
Scrapbooks: 1 unbound ( and 1 bound (: miscellaneous items and clippings
1909-29) 1876-1908)

Box 1: folder 13

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Subjects
  • Civic improvement--Massachusetts--Worcester--History
  • Slocomb, Florence Seaver, 1867-1955
  • Women jurors--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women legislators--Massachusetts--History
  • Women--Societies and clubs--United States--History--Sources
  • Women--Suffrage--Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Worcester Women's Club--History


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