Jessie Jack Hooper Papers, 1889-1935, 1971

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Title: Jessie Jack Hooper Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1889-1935, 1971

  • Hooper, Jessie Jack, 1865-1935
Call Number: Wis Mss IU; Micro 2093; PH 5-1483; PH Wis Mss IU; PH Wis Mss IU (3)

Quantity: 6.2 c.f. (14 archives boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize folder), 1 reel of microfilm (35mm), and 44 photographs

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, mainly 1920-1935, of Jessie Jack Hooper (Mrs. Benjamin Hooper), an Oshkosh, Wis., suffrage speaker, Democratic Party leader, and worker for permanent peace. The papers concern her work as the first president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and her later work as chairman of its department on Indian affairs; her campaign against Senator Robert M. La Follette in 1922; the split in the state Democratic Party over the Prohibition issue, and her work for other party candidates; and cooperation with the Wisconsin State Conference of Social Work and many other state and national social agencies and peace organizations. The bulk of the correspondence concerns her speaking tours and policy-forming work as chairman of the department of international relations of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1928-1932. There is additional correspondence with national and state officers relating to the League of Nations, the World Court, the Kellogg Pact, the Pan-American Treaties of Arbitration, and proposals for a neutrality bill. In addition there is information about the origin of the Conference on the Cause and Cure of War and Mrs. Hooper's work as recording secretary of its national committee, and chairman of its committee that took petitions to the World Disarmament Conference at Geneva, 1932. There are letters from women prominent in organizations all over the United States, including Carrie Chapman Catt, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Anna J. H. Pennybacker, Laura McMullen, and men and women active in state and national Democratic Party work. With these are copies of addresses and radio speeches, biographical material, miscellaneous organizational material, reports, and minutes of executive boards of the various organizations to which she belonged. There are also newspaper clippings (available only on microfilm), one unfilmed scrapbook concerning the 1932 Geneva Disarmament Conference, engagement books, and a volume containing a typewritten biography of Mrs. Hooper. The biography is also available on microfilm in the holdings of the SHSW Library. Hooper family papers include probate records, files of Ben Hooper pertaining to the development of Pau-ko-tuk on Lake Winnebago, and notes of Mrs. Hooper's daughter, Lorna Hooper Warfield, about her mother's career. Photographs received with the collection consist primarily of portraits and group pictures of various women's organizations to which Mrs. Hooper belonged, as well as a poster from her 1922 senatorial campaign.

Language: English

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