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Guide to the Elvira Kush Fradkin Papers, 1932 - 1972

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Fradkin, Elvira Kush, 1891-1972
Title: Elvira Kush Fradkin Papers,
Dates: 1932 - 1972
Quantity: 0.20 cubic ft (1 box)
Abstract: These papers primarily concern Fradkin's interest and activities around disarmament and include her manuscripts, "To Bomb or Not to Bomb," "Behind the Scenes at the First World Disarmament Conference," and "The Women's Contribution to [the] Disarmament Conference." There are also photographs and booklets from the disarmament conference, 1951-1952; a newsletter by Fradkin on United Nations affairs; a 1932 issue of PAX INTERNATIONAL; and biographical clippings and her obituary, 1965-1972.
Forms of Materials: Manuscripts, booklets, clippings, and photographs.

Biographical Note

Elvira Kush Fradkin (1891-1972), a resident of Montclair, N.J., for many years, attended the Ethical Culture School in New York City, and was graduated from Vassar College in 1913. A year later she received a master's degree from Columbia, where she studied economics and psychology. She was married to Dr. Leon H. Fradkin, a dentist. Throughout the 1920's and 1930's Mrs. Fradkin was active in organizations for peace, disarmament, and women 's rights. She was the author of Chemical Warfare--It's Possibilities and Probabilities, published in 1929 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and The Air Menace and the Answer, 1934. Following World War II Mrs. Fradkin committed herself to supporting the United Nations. From 1947 to 1970 she represented the International Association for liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom at the United Nations, and she was a leader of the New Jersey branch of the American Association for the United Nations. In 1950 she published A World Airlift, in which she advocated an international air police patrol under the United Nations. Mrs. Fradkin's support for a controversial causes was unswerving, even after she was the target of a Ku Klux Klan cross burning in 1937.

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Scope and Content Note

These papers primarily concern Fradkin's interest and activities around disarmament and include her manuscripts, "To Bomb or Not to Bomb," "Behind the Scenes at the First World Disarmament Conference," and "The Women's Contribution to [the] Disarmament Conference." There are also photographs and booklets from the disarmament conference, 1951-1952; a newsletter by Fradkin on United Nations affairs; a 1932 issue of PAX INTERNATIONAL; and biographical clippings and her obituary, 1965-1972.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments (1932-1934 : Geneva, Switzerland)
  • United Nations.

Subjects:

  • Disarmament.
  • Women and politics.
  • Women and peace.
  • Women's rights.

Document Types:

  • Photoprints.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elvira Kush Fradkin Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Rosalind (Fradkin) Altemus, VC 1940.

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