Helene Gans Papers
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection consists of correspondence, including a letter from Eleanore Roosevelt; a report written for the Standing Committee on Social Welfare; copies of Gans's resume; and minutes for a public hearing before the board of estimate and appointment.
- Creation: 1917-1984
- Gans, Helene (Creator, Person)
This collection has no restrictions.
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Helene P. Gans was an early leader in civic, consumer, and labor movements during the first half of the twentieth century. Born in 1893 and a native of Chicago, she attended the Unversity of Chicago in 1914 and then moved to New York two years later, after attending secretarial school. There, she met and later married Leonard S. Gans, with whom she had two daughters, Barbara Gallant and Nancy Spriggs. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Gans was involved with various organizations that were invested in the Depression's impact on unemployment and living costs. Working with the National Women's Trade Union League, she wrote a study called "Cut-Rate Wages" in 1932, which encouraged the New York State Legistlature to enact its first minimum-wage law. She wrote about unemployment for the League of Women Voters, and from 1938 to 1941, she served as executive secretary for the Consumers League of New York. From 1942 to 43, Gans was the eastern regional director of the women's division of the Treasury's war bond drive, and later served as the director of the women's division in the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Helene Gans died in New York City on May 7, 1980.
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This collection consists of the personal papers of labor activist, Helene Gans.
The collection is arranged in the order in which it was received.
This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or email@example.com.
Donated to the Archives by Nancy Spriggs. Acquired, 2013.
No additions are expected.
This collection was processed by Stephanie Neel in October 2014.
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Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.
Finding aid written in English.
- Guide to the Helene Gans Papers
- Stephanie Neel
- © 2014
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