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Consumers' League of Kentucky Records, 1901-1951 (Bulk: 1901-1941)
2 boxes, microfilm (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 323

Abstract:
The Consumers' League of Kentucky, includes histories and reports, printed materials, correspondence, and minutes. Child labor, compulsory education, working conditions, minimum wage, and social security were among the state legislative topics that the League addressed.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

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

Historical Note
Brochure about Consumer's League of Kentucky, 1914

Brochure about Consumer's
League of Kentucky, 1914

The Consumers' League of Kentucky was organized in Louisville on January 31, 1901 with the goal of using their power as consumers to improve wages and working conditions for women and children. The state organization was affiliated with the National Consumers' League, founded eleven years earlier. Ann Ainslie Halleck was the League's first president and served in that post until 1930 when Anna Hubbuch Settle succeeded her, serving until 1944. The League sought to remedy poor working and living conditions by addressing laborers' health and education, by influencing public opinion, and by introducing and supporting favorable legislation. The League also observed and verified the state's enforcement of labor laws, in particular through its support for the establishment of factory inspection offices, the reorganization of the state labor department, and the work of the Department of Industrial Relations. The League wrote its own model industrial sanitation code, founded a vocational school in Louisville, and consistently supported industrial education.

Some of the League's most important work included the establishment of a vocational school; campaigns for early Christmas shopping and shorter shopping hours; and helping to legislate compulsory education, the ten hour law for women, and the minimum wage law. The League also undertook its own investigations into the living and working conditions of women laborers. The Consumer's League of Kentucky also was involved in state and national committees. Representatives from the League served on the Advisory Board of the Commissioner of Agriculture, reorganized the State Department of Labor and were the first women labor inspectors. During World War I, Ainslie Halleck served on the Council of National Defense's Committee of Women in Industry. During the Great Depression the League also had representatives on the Women's Division of the National Recovery Project and participated in the creation of the Social Security Program. In the 1930's and 1940's, the League fought against the Equal Rights Amendment both locally and nationally.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Consumers' League of Kentucky Records cover the period from 1901 to 1951. Types of material include histories and reports, printed materials, correspondence, and minutes. The records of the Consumers League of Kentucky consist of 1 linear foot of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, reference material, and histories. The minutes reflect the overall activities of the League during its first forty years of existence as it worked to inform public opinion and lobbied for legislation. Child labor, compulsory education, working conditions, minimum wage, and social security were among the state legislative topics that the League addressed. The majority of the correspondence, generated by President Anna H. Settle, deals with the League's work in supporting Kentucky's minimum wage law (1938-41).


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

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

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:

Consumers' League of Kentucky Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

This collection is also available on microfilm; in Sophia Smith Collection and through interlibrary loan.

History of the Collection

The records were assembled and sent to the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, in 1967 by Marguerite Marsh of Louisville, a League member, treasurer (1919-21), and executive secretary (1922-23).

Processing Information

Reprocessed in 2002 by Jessica Petocz, student assistant.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. ADMINISTRATION AND HISTORY



Constitution,
n.d., 1925

Box 1: folder 1
Histories,
1914-1941

Box 1: folder 2
Reports and programs,
1915-1946

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence



General,
1939-51

Box 1: folder 4
Clothing workers,
1940-41

Box 1: folder 5
Laundry workers (includes reference material),
1938-43

Box 1: folder 6
Minimum wage (includes reference material),
1938-44

Box 1: folder 7-8
Industrial Sanitation Code


Box 1: folder 9
SERIES II. MINUTES AND REPORTS



31 Jan 1901-17 Nov 1908

Box 1: folder 10
24 Nov 1908-10 March 1919

Box 1: folder 11
8 May 1919-25 Apr 1922

Box 1: folder 12
15 May 1922-14 Apr 1925

Box 2: folder 1
28 Apr 1925-10 Apr 1929

Box 2: folder 2
28 Jun 1929-23 Mar 1933

Box 2: folder 3
16 May 1933-14 Apr 1937

Box 2: folder 4
12 May 1937-28 Apr 1941

Box 2: folder 5
ADDITIONAL FORMATS



Microfilm (negatives and preservation copies)


Box 3
Note:

[Please use research copies in Media center, M 42 (2 reels)]


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Subjects
  • Child labor--Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Consumer education--United States--History--Sources
  • Consumers' League of Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Halleck, Ann Ainslie, d. 1946
  • Industrial hygiene--Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Labor laws and legislation--Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Minimum wage--Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Settle, Anna Hubbuck, d. 1951
  • Women--Employment--Kentucky--History--Sources
  • Working class--Kentucky--History--Sources


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