Scope and arrangement
Lola Maverick Lloyd's papers document her life and activism during the years 1915 through her death in 1944. The full range of materials extends from a family accounts book from 1856, through the late 1940s and a few memorials produced in the years following her passing. Contents include a small amount of biographical and autobiographical material.
The personal materials consist of a large amount of correspondence, diaries, photographs, and financial and legal materials. Lola's professional papers contain writings, drafts, reports, correspondence, and mailings from various organizations of which she was a member. There are often professional materials included within the personal papers. In addition, a large amount of printed and near-printed material, pamphlets, and books pertaining to Lola's various interests and organizations were originally included at the time of accession. Information on these materials is available in the card catalog located in the Manuscripts reading room.
The collection documents Lola's professional involvement in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Woman's Peace Party, and the Campaign for World Government, of which she was a cofounder.
The collection is predominantly in English, with a small number of items in German, French, and Spanish.
The Lola Maverick Lloyd papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1893-1949, undated
The correspondence primarily consists of incoming letters organized in three subseries: General Correspondence, Family Correspondence, and World Peace Prize for Rosika Schwimmer Correspondence. Certain letters are dually dated by both date of creation and receipt. All materials are arranged by the date of creation, except in cases where no such date is included, in which case the items are ordered by date of receipt. Materials in this series are predominantly in English, with occasional letters and reports in French, German, and Spanish.
- 1894-1933, undated
- 1907-1944, undated
- 1856-1944, undated
- 1886-1944, undated
Personal memorabilia consist of items collected by Lola over the course of her life, and are divided into three subseries: School and Family Mementos, Artwork, and Holiday cards and Postcards.
- 1914-1944, undated
The printed materials in Lola Maverick Lloyd's Papers consist of flyers; small pamphlets; announcements and circular mailings; a few reports, membership lists, and meeting minutes from various organizations; serial publications such as journals and newspapers; and posters. Many of the items were relocated from Lola's General Correspondence, where they likely had been included as enclosures. The majority of the material was collected from organizations of which Lola was a member, in particular from those with whom she was quite actively involved.
Among the organizations strongly represented in this series are WILPF, the National Woman's Party, the Woman's Peace Party, the Campaign for World Government, the War Resister's League, the League of Nations, the Women's Committee for the Recognition of Russia, the Women's Consultative Committee on Nationality, and World Fellowship International.
Printed matter is organized in three clusters: alphabetically by name for those organizations with a strong presence in the series; alphabetically by subject for items from numerous entities but related to a common subject or cause; and finally by date for those miscellaneous items that do not easily fit into either of the first two categories.
The series then continues with newspaper clippings and a fair number of serial publications. For a list of these serial publications, see attached addendum.
Finally, one oversized folder of posters, ranging from 1916 to 1942, contains posters Lola collected on a variety of themes. These themes include woman suffrage, anti-war and armistice messages, and international relief efforts.
- ca. 1890-1944, undated
Materials in this series primarily consist of personal photos related to family and friends, vacations and travels, and Lola Maverick Lloyd's Winnetka house. The largest section of these are of her four children from childhood through adulthood and include images of the house; other family members; family travels in France, Switzerland, Russia, Mexico, and Jamaica; and Lola herself. There are several posed portraits of Lola, as well as the immediate Maverick and Lloyd families, and a large number of cabinet card photos of Mary's Institute and Smith College classmates and friends that rather nicely document young ladies fashions of the era. There are a small number of cyanotype photographs, and several photo negatives present within the collection.
Images of a less personal nature include photos of conferences, banquets, and meetings, primarily of WILPF and the Women's Consultative Committee affiliated with the League of Nations. There are three oversized, rolled photographs present, which represent the National Woman's Party dedication of their new headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1922; and the Twentieth Anniversary celebration banquet for WILPF, in 1935.