Guide to the Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin Papers, 1927-1967

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Guide to the Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin Papers, 1927-1967

Collection number: BANC MSS 69/54 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Ellen Jones
Completed by:
Elizabeth Stephens
Encoded by:
Campbell J. Crabtree
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin Papers,
Date: 1927- 1967
Collection Number: BANC MSS 69/54 c
Collector: McLaughlin, Emma Moffat, 1880-1968.
Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 9 cartons, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 13
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Pertaining to her interest and work in the Institute of Pacific Relations, League of Women Voters, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Community Chest of San Francisco and other organizations.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin papers, BANC MSS 69/54 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collection

Title: McLaughlin, Emma (Moffat): A Life in Community Service
(oral history),
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 70/182 c

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin Papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 1968 by her daughter, Jean Doolittle.

Scope and Content

Emma Elisabeth (Moffat) McLaughlin was born in San Francisco on September 21, 1880, the daughter of Adrianna Swett and Henry Moffat, who had come to California in 1857 and established a wholesale meat-packing business. Educated in public schools and later at Miss West's School, she entered the University of California at Berkeley with the Class of 1902.
In 1904 she married Dr. Alfred McLaughlin, a physician whose large practice included the Italian colony in the Mission district of San Francisco. Through her husband's pioneer efforts to provide quality medical care for low-income, immigrant families, Mrs. McLaughlin became increasingly aware of the great need for adequate health education. Following his death in 1908, she began working with the Certified Milk and Baby Hygiene Committee of the American Association of University Women, which operated well-baby clinics that diagnosed illnesses and other problems and advised parents about proper health care. From 1917 to 1919 she was chairman of its San Francisco Children's Year Committee which examined more than ten thousand babies during its initial campaign. These activities were carried out in cooperation with the San Francisco Chapter of the League of Women Voters, an organization Mrs. McLaughlin had joined shortly after it was formed and for which she served as president for the year 1920-21. During this period she was a member of the committee which established the San Francisco Community Chest . Evidence of her continuing interest in improving the quality of community health and of her strong influence upon the Chest can be seen in one of its first projects, a survey of the city's health needs.
Another of Emma McLaughlin's many interests was world affairs. She was an active member of the Institute of Pacific Relations, an unofficial international organization for the study of the peoples of the Pacific, from its organization in 1927. Twenty years later she helped to reorganize its San Francisco council into the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Mrs. McLaughlin attended the international conferences of the Institute held in Honolulu, Kyoto, Banff, and Yosemite. She participated actively in the Institute's study groups, attended most lectures, secured volunteers for projects and opened her home for formal dinner parties to honor visiting dignitaries. In recognition of her community service McLaughlin was honored with honorary degrees from both the University of California, Berkeley and Mills College.
The Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin papers relate to her active and long-term work with many civic organizations, including the Baby Hygiene Committee, American Association of University Women, San Francisco Community Chest, Women's Central Committee and Women's Board of the Golden Gate International Exhibition, League of Women Voters, San Francisco Foundation, Institute of Pacific Relations, and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
[chiefly excerpted from Bancroftiana, (No. 81, August 1982)]

Container List

Box 1

Series 1: Letters Written by Mrs. Mclaughlin, ca. 1928- 1967.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged chronologically in yearly folders through 1943; 1944-1967 are grouped in a folder at the end.
While outgoing correspondence consists mainly of typed copies of letters concerning Mrs. McLaughlin's many civic activities, also included are handwritten postcards, letters, and notes. Additional correspondence may also be found in the subject files (Series 3).
Box 1, folder 1-17

Letters (382) ca. 1928-1967

Boxes 2-4

Series 2: Letters Written to Mrs. Mclaughlin, [& others], 1927-1965.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, and then chronologically.
An A-Z miscellany precedes the files of individual correspondents. Material includes many requests for Mrs. McLaughlin to speak at meetings, letters concerning her civic interests and activities, as well as some letters addressed to John Oakie, Bruno Lasker, and Cora Hartdegen, concerning the Institute of Pacific Relations. Several letters of G. M. Fisher relate to Japanese-American Evacuees. Additional correspondence may also be found in the subject files (Series 3).
Box 2, folder 1

Miscellaneous, A-G: 1927-1958

Physical Description: 70

[Abbott ?], Marie


Allen, Ethel R.


American Council on Education


American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.


American Institute of Banking


American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.


American Statistical Association


Asilomar Hotel


Baker, Mrs. O. A.


Barnes, Nathan


Block, Eugene B.


Book and Magazine Guild


Boyd, Katherine (Mrs. Francis Eugene)


Buffalo Museum of Science


Bunka-Fukyukai Foundation


Business and Professional Women's Club


Calhouse, Virginia


California School Book Depository


The California State Library


Canadian Institute of International Affairs


Carlson, Etelle


Charles, Allan E.


A Child's Garden Press


Consulate-General of the Republic of China


The Commercial Press, Ltd.


Corbett, Helen E.


Corona Club


Cosgrave, Margaret


Cunningham, Ruby


[Denney?], Jennie C.


Dickinson, Susan


East and West Association (U.S.)


Evans, Nora


Fabyan, Eleanor B.


Fairfax-[Cholineley?], Elise


Fay, Philip S. Jr.


The Figueroa Hotel


Finch, Veleda Horbel


Flemming, Jennie (Mrs. R. J.)


Fortune Magazine


Foster, Rhoda


Fowler Union High School


Fresno State College


Gerlinnger, Irene, H. (Mrs. G. T.)


Golden Gate International Exposition

folder 2

Miscellaneous, H-M: 1927-1962

Physical Description: 58

Hamilton, Ceil (Mrs. William S.)


Hanford Union High School


Hill, Ida E.


Hobart, Helen S. (Mrs. James C.)


Holden, A. E.


Holley, Grace B. (Mrs. Harry H.)


Hollingsworth Adelle B.


Institute of Pacific Relations


International Institute


International League for Peace and Freedom


The International Quarterly


The International Relations Council of Long Beach, Calif.


Consulate General of Japan


The Japanese-American Courier


Japanese Y. W. C. A. of San Francisco


The Katharine Branson School


League of Women Voters of Berkeley


League of Women Voters of Los Angeles


Lee, Ivy Jr.


Lee, Ruth D. T., Food Research Institute


Leueme, Margaret (Mrs. C. R.)


Lewis, Lena Morrow


The Living Age


Lombard, Joan


Loomis, Alta


Loomis, Edna (Mrs. R. P.)


Lorbeer, Lloyd L.


Los Angeles County (Calif.)


Lowe, Pardee


Macadam, Ivison S., The Royal Institute of International Affairs


McAfee, L. Malcolm


McDonald, Mrs. James R.


MacKenzie, Mrs. A. J.


McMasters, Harry


McKeen, Laura M.


Mercier, Desire Joseph, 1851-1926


Merriman, Letty G.


Morican, Anna N.


Moorhead, Lois B.


Morrisson, Mary


Morrisson, William D. F.


Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

folder 3

Miscellaneous, N-R: 1928-1965

Physical Description: 29

National Conference of Social Work (U.S.)


Needlework Guild of America


[Norswick?] Mildred


O'Kelly, Lutitia W.


Orrick, William H. Jr.


Pacific Relations Club of Lowell High School


Pan-Pacific Women's Association


Pauker, Guy J


Pope, Verda (Mrs. Philip S.)


The Portola Study Club of Portland


Potter, Elizabeth Gray


Powers, Carroll M.


Puget Sound Academy of Science


Residential Seminars on World Affairs


Richardson, Egerton R.


Riley, Mary F. (Mrs. M. F.)


Riley, Paul


Rosenbery, Enid A.


Rotary Club of Sacramento


Rothchild, Walter


Row, Martin A.


Russell Sage Foundation

folder 4

Miscellaneous, S: 1920-1967

Physical Description: 38

Stanford University


Saito, Yuichi


Sakurauchi, T.


Salinas Evening School


San Francisco (Calif.)


San Francisco (Calif.) Public Schools


San Francisco Freedom Agenda Project


San Francisco World Affairs Assembly


San Mateo Park School Parent Teacher Association


San Rafael Improvement Club


Santa Cruz Business and Professional Women's Club


Santa Rosa High School


Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Women's Auxiliary


Saratoga Foothill Club


Seaton, Mary


Sheppard, William J.


[Sherler], Angelia Shinn, Mrs. J.C.


Sixth America-Japan Student Conference, University of Southern California


Slade, Caroline (Mrs. F. Louis)


Smith, Lisa Wood (Mrs. G. Kirkhorn)


Smithsonian Institution


Soroptimist Club


Standard Statistics Company, Inc.


Suisun Wednesday Club


Sullivan, Mark


Stewart, Maude White

folder 5

Miscellaneous, T-Z & Unidentified: 1928-1965

Physical Description: 40

Takeuchi, [Sunni?]


Tarabanov, Milko


United Nations


United States. Foreign Broadcast Information Service.


University Club


University of California, Berkeley. Alumni Association


University of California Press


University-Oakland Metropolitan Forum


Visalia Union High School and Junior College


Walker, Eva C.


[Walser], Frank


Ward, Mrs. Thomas Henry Ward


Weseen, Mildred


Western Union Telegraph Company


Whitaker, Mrs. W. E.


White, R. M.


William T. Hornaday Memorial Foundation, Inc.


William Morrow & Company, Inc.


Wittfogel, Karl August, 1896-


World Affairs Council of Northern California


World Unity Magazine


Wright, Dorothy S.


Wu, Ching-Chao


Young, Hobart N.


Young Men's Christian Associations


Young Women's Christian Associations


Zonta International



folder 6

American Association of University Women 1929-1945

Physical Description: 9
folder 7

Bell, Reginald, 1894- 1930-1943

Physical Description: 2
folder 8

Blaisdell, Allen Carrier, 1897- 1936-1939

Physical Description: 3
folder 9

Blaisdell, James Arnold, 1867- President, Claremont Colleges Sept. 13, 1930

Physical Description: 1
folder 10

Breed, Eleanor D. Aug. 21, 1939

Physical Description: 1
folder 11

California Federation of Women's Clubs 1928- 1939

Physical Description: 59
folder 12

California Historical Society written by D.H. Huggins, Corresponding Secretary March 26, 1943

Physical Description: 1
folder 13

California League of Business & Professional Women Feb. 24, 1931

Physical Description: 1
folder 14

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Sept. 26, 1941

Physical Description: 1
folder 15

Carter, Edward Clark, 1878-1954

See also additional letters by Carter in the I.P.R. Files in Series 3

Physical Description: 12
folder 16

Chinese Famine Relief Committee of California Oct. 6, 1931

Physical Description: 1
folder 17

Chinese National Association of the Mass Education Movement Dec. 31, 1931

Physical Description: 1
folder 18

Citizens Committee to Repeal Chinese Exclusion 1943

Physical Description: 2
folder 19

Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco Aug. 18,1933

Physical Description: 1
folder 20

Conant, Melvin Director, Institute of Pacific Relations of Hawaii 1952

Physical Description: 2
folder 21

Condliffe, John B., 1891-1981 Associate Director, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Sept. 20, 1943

Physical Description: 1
folder 22

Cook, Ransom M., 1899- President, Japan Society of San Francisco Apr. 28,1958

Physical Description: 1
folder 23

Coolidge, Mary Elizabeth Burroughs (Roberts) Smith, 1860-1945

Davis, Malcolm Waters, 1889- See Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Oct. 22, 1939

Physical Description: 1
folder 24

Deutsch, Monroe Emanuel, 1879-1955 June 10, 1935

Physical Description: 1
folder 25

Emeny, Brooks, 1901- Director, Foreign Affairs Council, Cleveland, Ohio April 30, 1942

Physical Description: 1
folder 26

Field, Frederick Vanderbilt See additional letters by Field in the I.P.R. Files in Series 3 1936-1945

Physical Description: 9
folder 27

Fisher, Galen Merriam, 1873-1955 1937-1947

Physical Description: 12
folder 28

Fisher, Harold Henry, 1890- 1960-1962, n.d.

Physical Description: 3
folder 29

Fisher, Ralph Talcott, 1877- July 13, 1935

Physical Description: 1
folder 30

Foreign Policy Association by S. P. Hayes, President Dec. 5, 1963

Physical Description: 1
folder 31

Gillis, Mabel Ray, 1882- Jan. 14, 1958

Physical Description: 1
folder 32

Griffiths, Farnham Pond, 1884-1958

President, Pacific House

Physical Description: 2
folder 33

Hamilton, Aymer Jay, 1876-

President, Chico State College See also: Foreign Policy Association
Dec. 4, 1939

Physical Description: 1
folder 34

Herrick, Francis Herkomer, 1900- 1944

Physical Description: 3
folder 35

Hotchkiss, Willard Eugene, 1874-

to A.I. Esberg
Apr. 15, 1930

Physical Description: 1
folder 36

Hu, Shih, 1891- See also: California Historical Society and Japan Society of San Francisco Sept. 4, 1942

Physical Description: 1
folder 37

Jessup, Philip Caryl, 1897- 1940-1945

Physical Description: 5
folder 38

Kerr, Clark, 1911-

President, University of California

Physical Description: 2
folder 39

Kingman, Harry Lees, 1892- 1931-1935

Physical Description: 2
folder 40

Kingman, Ruth Winning, 1900-

Executive Secretary, Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play.

Physical Description: 6
Box 3, folder 1-2

Lasker, Bruno, 1880- See also additional letters by Lasker in the I.P.R. files in Series 3 1935-1943

Physical Description: 73
folder 3

Lattimore, Owen, 1900- 1940-1944

Physical Description: 10
folder 4

Linaner, Clarence Richard, 1890-

General Manager, San Francisco Examiner
June 20, 1935

Physical Description: 1
folder 5

McDuffie, Duncan, 1877-1951 June 27, 1932

Physical Description: 1
folder 6

McDuffie, Jean (Howard), 1880-1955

[Mrs. Duncan McDuffie]
1939, n.d.

Physical Description: 3
folder 7

Martin, Charles Emanuel, 1891- 1930-1946

Physical Description: 4
folder 8

Mears, Eliot Grinnell, 1899- 1936-1942

Physical Description: 4
folder 9

Merritt, Varina (Morrow)

[Mrs. Ralph Palmer Merritt] See also: Workers Education Bureau of America

Physical Description: 2
folder 10

Morley, Grace Louise (McCann)

Director, San Francisco Museum of Art & Pacific House

Physical Description: 13
folder 11

Morrish, Will F., 1883-

President, Bank of America
Mar. 21, 1933

Physical Description: 1
folder 12

National Citizens Committee for Support of WPA

folder 13-15

Oakie, John H., Secretary Institute of Pacific Relations See also letters by Oakie in the I.P.R files in Series 3 1935-1944

Physical Description: 159
folder 16

Parsons, Edward Lambe, 1868- Dec. 16, 1941

Physical Description: 1
folder 17

Pittman, Key, 1872-1940 Nov. 1, 1920

Physical Description: 1
folder 18

Reinhardt, Aurelia (Henry), 1877-1948

President, Mills College

Rich, Raymond Thomas, 1899 See World Peace Foundation

Physical Description: 7
folder 19

Rockefeller Foundation 1944

Physical Description: 2
folder 20

Rossi, Angelo J., 1878-

Mayor of San Francisco
Oct. 31, 1939

Physical Description: 1
folder 21

Rowell, Chester Harvey, 1867-1948 1933-43

Physical Description: 4
folder 22

Rusk, Dean, 1909-

Secretary of State
1935-1936, n.d.

Physical Description: 6
folder 23

San Francisco. Committee for the Twentieth Anniversary Commemorative Meeting of the United Nations 1965

Physical Description: 4
folder 24

San Francisco. Junior Chamber of Commerce Jan. 12, 1943

Physical Description: 1
folder 25

San Francisco News Mar. 22, n.d.

Physical Description: 1
folder 26

San Francisco Women's Chamber of Commerce May 24, 1939

Physical Description: 1
folder 27

Smith, Susan T. Oct. 10, 1935

Physical Description: 1
folder 28

Sproul, Robert Gordon

President, University of California
Sept. 12, 1941

Physical Description: 1
folder 29

Stebbins, Lucy Ward, 1880-1955 1933-1936

Physical Description: 2
folder 30

Straight, Michale Whitney, 1916- July 24, 1953

Physical Description: 1
folder 31

Stratton, Alice Elenore (Miller) [Mrs. George Malcom Stratton] 1936-1942

Physical Description: 2
folder 32

Strong, Edward Kellogg, 1884- 1929-1930

Physical Description: 2
folder 33

Talbott, Everett Guy, 1883-1945

Director, International Center, San Francisco
Jan. 26, 1944

Physical Description: 1
folder 34

Tom Mooney Labor School, San Francisco Aug. 30, 1943

Physical Description: 1
folder 35

Treat, Payson Jackson, 1879- 1930

Physical Description: 2
folder 36

United Nations Association of the United States of America, Inc. San Francisco Chapter June 1965

Physical Description: 1
folder 37

White, Lynn Townsend, 1907-

President, Mills College
Nov. 24, 1945

Physical Description: 1
folder 38

Wilbur, Marguerite May (Blake) [Mrs. Ray Lyman Wilbur] Apr. 25, 1929

Physical Description: 1
folder 39

Wilbur, Ray Lyman, 1875-1929 1928-1944

Physical Description: 25
folder 40

Wilson, Garff B. May 16, 1956

Physical Description: 1
folder 41

Workers Education Bureau of America 1938

Physical Description: 2
Box 4, folder 1-6

World Affairs Council of Northern California 1947-1968

Physical Description: 194
folder 7

World Peace Foundation Dec. 17, 1929

Physical Description: 1
Cartons 1-8

Series 3: Subject Files

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by general subjects, primarily consisting of files for organizations with which Emma McLaughlin was involved or interested. The materials vary for each subject file, but generally include correspondence with officers, committee members, and members, as well as with other state and local organizations, agencies, and individuals; minutes of committee meetings; reports of officers and committees; and, lists of members, including members of committees and the Board of Directors.
Some files also include articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws; summaries of proceedings; announcements and programs of meetings; reports, bulletins, and notes relating to annual conferences; programs and copies of Papers delivered at workshops or conferences; lists of volunteers; budget reports, statistics, and other financial records; forms; and, promotional literature.
Much of the information is concerned with the Institute of Pacific Relations and later, the World Affair Council of Northern California. These files contain additional letters to Bruno Lasker, John Oakie, and Cora Hartdegen who were also involved in the Institute. The IPR files in Carton 2 (folders 7-19) include testimony re the investigation of the Institute by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee of Internal Security (McCarran Committee).
Ctn. 1, folder 1

American Association of University Women 1927-1967

folder 2-8

Children's Year 1917-1919

folder 9-18

Community Chest of San Francisco 1921-1924

folder 19-26

Golden Gate International Exposition 1937-1940

Ctn. 2, folder 1-3

Golden Gate International Exposition 1937-1940

folder 4-6

Institute of International Relations. Mills College 1935-1949

folder 7-19

Institute of Pacific Relations 1929-1952

folder 20

Institute of Pacific Relations. Pacific Council Oct/Nov 1931

folder 21-24

Institute of Pacific Relations. American Council 1926-1954

Ctn. 3, folder 1-26

Institute of Pacific Relations. American Council. San Francisco Bay Region Division 1928-1947

Ctn. 4, folder 1-20

Institute of Pacific Relations. American Council. San Francisco Bay Region Division 1928-1947

folder 21-35

Institute of Pacific Relations. American Council. Southern California Division 1937-1941

Ctn. 5, folder 1-5

League of Women Voters. San Francisco 1921-1968

folder 6-9

League of Women Voters. California 1924-1967

folder 10-12

League of Women Voters. United States 1925-1954

folder 13-15

Montalvo Association 1954-1961

folder 16

Northern Californians for the Hoover Report 1949-1950

folder 17-21

Sarah Dix Hamlin School 1957-1966

folder 22-25

San Francisco Foundation 1965-1967

Ctn. 6, folder 1-3

San Francisco Foundation 1965-1967

folder 4-6

San Francisco Public Library 1945-1968

folder 7-8

University of California. Berkeley 1942-1966

folder 9-30

World Affairs Council of Northern California 1947-1968

Ctn. 7, folder 1-22

World Affairs Council of Northern California 1947-1968

Ctn. 8, folder 1-24

World Affairs Council of Northern California 1947-1968

folder 25-26

Young Women's Christian Association. San Francisco. 1964-1968

Carton 9, folders 1-4

Series 4: Personal Miscellany, 1927-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Includes certificates and tear sheets of published writings and miscellaneous papers.
Ctn. 9, folder 1-2

Personalia n.d.

folder 3

Tear sheets of published writings [1927]-1945


An Adventure in Friendship Sept. 1945


An Important Event in Retrospect Aug. 1941


Everlasting Teamwork will Gain the Goal [1927]


A Letter From Mrs. Alfred McLaughlin Jan. 1939

folder 4

Miscellaneous papers n.d.

Carton 9, folders 5-22

Series 5: Clippings, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes newspaper clippings about Children's Year, Emma McLaughlin, and the Golden Gate International Exposition, as well as miscellaneous articles.
Ctn. 9, folder 5-14

Children's Year Committee

folder 15

McLaughlin, Emma

folder 16

Golden Gate International Exposition

folder 17-22




oversize Oversize Folder, folder 1

City & County of San Francisco Art Commissioner 1932


City & County of San Francisco Member of Library Commission 1944


State of California Member of the Social Welfare Board 1930



oversize Oversize Folder, folder 1

Better Baby Conference at the California State Fair n.d.


Children's Year (3 posters) 1918-1919


New York State Department of Health n.d.


U.S. Food Administration Little Americans do your bit n.d.


White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, The Children's Charter 1931


Your Children the Pride of the Nation n.d.

folder 2

The Division of Child Hygiene State Board of Health, Topeka, Kansas (14 posters)


The Cost of Feeding


The Bottle Fed Baby


You Can Help the Babies


Babies' Sore Eyes


Your State Can Protect the Babies


Your City Can Protect Babies


Fresh Air for the Babies


Baby Will Be Well and Happy


Baby Will Be Unhappy and Cross