Scope and arrangement
The papers consist of correspondence and subject files on various organizations with which Leckie was active.
The correspondence is arranged in three general sections: General, Rosika Schwimmer lectures, and materials related to the Ford Peace Expedition and Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation. Of interest in the latter are letters updating Leckie as to the developments of the Neutral Conference, missteps taken by Frederick Holt in Henry Ford's name, the perceived mistreatment of Rosika Schwimmer by conference leadership, and efforts to put together a reunion dinner. In addition, there is a complete manuscript of Louis P. Lochner's work The Other Henry Ford, presumably sent to Leckie with intent to get it published. The book was published as America's Don Quixote, Henry Ford's Attempt To Save Europe in 1924.
The Schwimmer correspondence consists of Leckie's 1914-1915 efforts on behalf of Madame Schwimmer's lecture tour and one folder related to a 1916 farewell dinner thrown in Schwimmer's behalf. Materials of interest in the Schwimmer tour materials include Schwimmer's list of lecture topics, mention of her appearance at Carnegie Hall, and the diverse range of women's groups and states represented in the correspondence, including organizations in the American South and West.
Prominent correspondents include Caro Lloyd, Lola Maverick Lloyd, and the Philadelphia physician, Gertrude Walker.
Subject files include materials related to the Ford Peace Expedition; the International Congress of Women at The Hague, which gave rise to Schwimmer's idea for the Peace Ship; the Women's Peace Party; and the People's Council of America. Materials within these files generally consist of printed matter, resolutions, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and a small amount of financial material and correspondence.
Several highlights of the subject files are the collection of statements made by Neutral Conference participants, in which they condemn the tack taken by the conference; and a typescript report and diary by Lewis Maverick which summarizes much of the conference. A fair number of the documents present in this series are typescripts.
The Katherine Leckie papers are arranged in two series:
- 1914-1925, n.d.
- 1915-1921, n.d.