The Lydia G. Wentworth Papers provide an excellent opportunity to trace the development of the peace movement through the life of one individual. A writer and ardent peace advocate who lived most of her life in Brookline, Massachusetts, Wentworth taught school until forced to retire in 1888 because of a nervous breakdown. Despite illness which confined her to bed for more than thirty years, she carried on a prolific correspondence and contributed hundreds of articles to newspapers and magazines. Many of these were used as editorials or were printed in leaflet form and distributed to peace societies.
A socialist and pacifist, Wentworth urged women to play a role in promoting peace by seeking public office and becoming leaders in the peace movement. She served on the advisory committee of the Women's Peace Society and was a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Association to Abolish War, and the Boston League of Women Voters. She contributed financially to many causes and organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Save the Children Fund.
This collection consists of manuscripts, printed articles, poems, clippings, and Wentworth's correspon- dence with friends, newspaper editors, and organizations. Prominent correspondents include Emily Green Balch and Lucia Ames Mead.
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