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Harriet G. Eddy papers, 1918-1967.
MANUSCRIPT 2482-2493 and 2513-2519
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Harriet G. Eddy papers, 1918-1967


Eddy, Harriet G. (Harriet Gertrude), 1876?-1966, creator


Boursky, Dmitri.


Chrichton, Kyle S.


Eddy, Harriet G. (Harriet Gertrude), 1876?-1966


Horn, Andrew Harlis, 1914-


Kravchenko, Anna.


Liu, Grace.


Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001


Scott, Pauline.


Spundė, Aleksandr, d. 1962


Suggett, Allen Scott.


Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883-


Vicéns, Juan.


Wachtel, Marion.


Zimmerman, Carma R.


International Industrial Relations Institute


This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of Harriet G. Eddy. It is organized into the following series: Personal, Travel, Professional, Correspondence and Audiovisual.
The Personal series includes Genealogy notes, family photographs, 90th birthday celebration, obituaries, memorial book, memorial notes, legal, financial, and medical papers. There are also address books, engagement books, notes from the 1930s through the 1960s and Eddy's memoir "Rover girls". Folders from a scrapbook of family photographs and memorabilia complete this Personal series.
The Travel series documents Eddy's trips to Russia with a handwritten diary, photographs, postcards, maps, correspondence, a pictorial scrapbook, pamphlets, and a report to the U.S.S.R. Documentation to other destinations includes California, Italy, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Paris, Romania and Europe.
The Professional series consists primarily of Eddy's articles on library service both in the U.S. and in the various countries where she served as a consultant, including Russia, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Of particular note are two photo-essay albums of her work in the U.S.S.R. This series has items about her retirement and a scrapbook documenting her University of California Agricultural Extension service as Home Demonstration Leader (1918-1927).
The Correspondence series includes incoming to Eddy from 1903 through the 1960s as well as outgoing for the same period. Some correspondence is included with material in the Professional series, as noted below, and in the scrapbooks present in various series. Correspondents include professional colleagues in the U.S. and abroad, as well as friends and family. Of note is correspondence from Dmitri Boursky, Andrew Horn, Lawrence Powell, Anna Kravchenko and Alexander Spunde, Juan Vicens, Mary van Kleeck, Pauline Scott and Marion Wachtel.
The Audiovisual series consists of a collection of slides taken by Giacomo Patri.


1918 (issued)


2482: Personal: Genealogy notes; family photographs; 90th birthday photographs; legal papers; financial papers; medical papers. -- 2483: Personal: Address books, 1930s-1950s; engagement books, 1950-1961; rosters. -- 2484: Personal: Memoir "Rover girls"; notes, 1940s & 1950s; misc. notes, 90th birthday invitation lists, expenses, tribute, summary and letters. -- 2485: Personal: Obituaries; memorial book; letters; memorabilia; stories and clippings. -- 2486: Personal: Scrapbook album contents.
2487: Travel: Passports; U.S.S.R.; diary; Russian photographs, postcards, maps; correspondence. -- 2488: Travel: U.S.S.R., report; scrapbook; pamphlets; correspondence. -- 2489: Travel: California photographs, Italy photographs, Mexico photographs and postcards; Vicente Lombardo Toledano; notes from Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Paris, Europe, Romania, various travel in Buenos Aires, New York and San Francisco, 1948-1949.
2490: Professional: Articles: "California library service & plan" (1915, 1918 & 1925); "Report on library work in R.S.F.S.R., 1927"; outline of "Plan for unified, cooperative library service, 1927";"Some catalogs in the California free library plan" 1931 and 1932"; Library Journal article "Beginnings of United Library Service in U.S.S.R."; Photo-Essay trip to Russia, volume 1 (Library Institute, Moskra-Volgra) and volume 2 (Kazakhstan).
2491: Professional: Articles: "Unified library service for Bulgaria" (includes correspondence); Belgrade report & notes, 1949; "Library plan for Yugoslavia" (and Home Demonstration Teaching, 1945)"; Asian book Federation, 1956; "Spread of Influence"; "Spread of Influence-Bulgaria"; "Spread of Influence-Czechoslovakia"; "Spread of Influence-Mexico"; "Spread of Influence-Spain"; "Spread of Influence-U.S."; "Spread of Influence-U.S.S.R."; "Spread of Influence-Yugoslavia".
2492: Professional: Articles: "County free library organizing in California" (correspondence, reviews, etc.); "County free library organizing in California, 1909-1918-personal recollections"; "Orange County Free Library, 1921-1925";"Los Angeles County Library Millionth Book Celebration". Also, pamphlets, notes and booklets on Library Extension from the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1915-1928; a retirement tribute to Eddy's service as Agricultural Extension State Home Demonstration Leader, 1918-1941; University of California Agricultural Extension scrapbook.
2493: Professional: Articles: Tributes to James L. Gillis, 1957; "Poet laureates"; biographies of Corliss Lamont, Allen Suggett, Lincoln Steffens, Edward D. McGowan, Ramon Sender, Jose Bergamin, Ogier Pretecielle, Carmen Meana; memorial books of Harold Chapman Brown; Albert Rhys Williams; Althea Warren and Dr. Thomas Addis; miscellaneous articles: "Role of State's University Library" by Andrew Horn; booklets:"Peace"; "Women's International Strike for Peace (W.I.S.P.)"; "Disarmament"; clippings.
2513: Correspondence: Incoming: A-C; Adoratskaja, Varia; Alexander?; Aslan, Anna; Bengal Library Association; Blulislu, Irene; Borner, Julius; Boursky, Dmitri; Briffault, Ernest; Clermont, Margaret; Colby, Ruth; Coons family; Crichton, Kyle.
2514; Correspondence: Incoming: D-H; de La Mora, Constance; Fergusion, Milton; Flowers, Ruby; Gillis, James L.; Goethe, C.M.; Henderson, John D.; Herring, Frances; Hill, F.H.; Horn, Andrew H.; Hughes, Lanston.
2515: Correspondence: Incoming: I-S; International Industrial Relations Institute; Kingsbury, John and Mabel; Kneeland, Hildegard; Kravchenko, Anna and Spunde, Alexander; Liu, Grace; Merriman, Marion Stone and Thompson, Robert; Powell, Lawrence Clark; Preteceille, Ogier; Scott, Pauline; Strong, Anna Louise; Suggett, Allen H.
2516: Correspondence: Incoming: T-Z; van Kleeck, Mary; Vicens, Juan; Vidernekova, Tamara; Warren, Althea; Williams, Rhys and Lucita; Yelland family; Yokemura, Yae; Yugoslzvia correspondence (Prodonovic and Ladjevac); Zimmerman (Leigh), Carma R.; incoming correspondence to others: Myrta Newman; Marion Wachtel; Pauline Scott.
2517: Correspondence: Outgoing: 1903-1959. -- 2518: Correspondence: Outgoing: 1960-1966; [n.d.]
2519: Audiovisual: Slides by Giacomo Patri.


Eddy, Harriet G. (Harriet Gertrude) -- 1876?-1966
California State Library -- History
Public libraries -- California -- History
Libraries -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century
Soviet Union -- Description and travel -- 1917-1944


Some negatives available as listed on back of photographic prints.
Harriet G. Eddy was born in Lexington, Michigan, in 1876. She graduated from Albion College in her home state and completed post-graduate work at the University of Chicago. She began her professional career teaching high school in Montana and became principal of the Elk Grove, California, high school when she relocated to that state.
In 1909 Eddy was appointed by State Librarian James L. Gillis to develop public library service in the various counties of the state. For the next 9 years she travelled throughout the state establishing libraries in 40 of the state's 58 counties. She later wrote about this experience in "County free library organizing in California: 1909-1918, personal recollections".
In 1918 Eddy jointed the faculty of the University California's Agricultural Extension. But in 1927 she received an invitation to go the U.S.S.R. to survey their library system. She spent some time in the country visiting libraries there and her report to the Commissar of Education was very well received. In later years Eddy traveled widely in Eastern Europe consulting on the development of library service in the area. She was often accompanied by her sister, Myrta Newman, and wrote of their travel escapades in an unpublished memoir "The rover girls".
Eddy was also active in various organizations supporting the peace effort including the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In March of 1966 she was honored shortly after her 90th birthday with a celebration attended by friends and colleagues. She died the following December 3rd.
From the estate of Pauline Scott, 1990; gift of Emil and Marion Wachtel; gift of Joe Wachtel, 2006.
Material transferred from the collection: California library plan / Laura Steffens Suggett -- One book in a million / Lawrence Clark Powell -- Rover girls / H.G. Eddy -- We pledge peace: a friendship book.
Harriet G. Eddy papers, 1918-1967.
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.



Physical Description:

19 manuscript boxes letters, photographs, notes, legal papers, books (address, engagement, scrap and memorial), slides, diary, catalogs, photo-essays; correspondence.




MANUSCRIPT 2482-2493 and 2513-2519



Copyright Note:

Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.