Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of correspondence and printed matter related to Lazarus's antiwar work, and materials pertaining to several organizations with which she was active. Organized in two series, Correspondence and Professional papers, the collection documents her activities on behalf of conscientious objectors and offers a glimpse into several individual CO cases, life in Civilian Public Service camps, and several camp work strikes following the end of World War II.
Lazarus's correspondence is divided into general letters and letters related to her friend and colleague Rosika Schwimmer. Incoming and outgoing letters are interfiled and arranged chronologically. Prominent correspondents include Katherine Devereux Blake, William Floyd, Abraham Kaufman, Lola Maverick Lloyd, Rosika Schwimmer, and Edith Wynner.
Professional papers are divided into three subseries: Camps and organizations, Individual case files, and Reference and printed matter.
Camps and organizations materials are Lazarus's working files on various Civilian Public Service camps and projects, strikes, and organizations dedicated to the cause of the conscientious objector. The files contain correspondence, reports, a phone log, lists of parolees and pardons, and a small amount of Lazarus's writings.
Individual case files consist primarily of correspondence with the COs in question, as well as correspondence with government and camp officials regarding their cases. There is occasional family correspondence included. The individual files often contain biographies of the COs, as well as related printed matter. Readers interested in a list of the COs in this series are directed to see the box and folder listing.
Reference and printed matter files are primarily journals and newsletters dedicated to the support of conscientious objectors. There is also a small amount of newspaper clippings. Also included are files on other topics of interest to Frieda Langer Lazarus, including the Women's Peace Union and world government.
The Frieda Langer Lazarus papers are arranged in two series:
- 1930, 1933, 1942-1950, n.d.
- 1931-1933, 1943-1949, n.d.