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Progressive Party papers, 1948-1953.
MacMartin, Helen Hawthorne, 1891-1987.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 475  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : MacMartin, Helen Hawthorne, 1891-1987.
Title : Progressive Party papers, 1948-1953.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft.
Summary :

The first series contains material created by Helen MacMartin and correspondence sent to her. The correspondence concerns meetings and brief references to the unending daily work she and other committed persons were doing for the Progressive Party in Vermont. Often she seems frustrated by a lack of committed co-workers. Letters contain names of people who worked for the party and demonstrate the locations in the state in which the party was active.

The second series contains records related to the operation of the Vermont Progressive Party and to national meetings, including platform materials from the 1952 convention. The link between Vermont's fledgling party and the National Party is well documented here. A petition against the Korean War to Vermont Senators Flanders and Aiken contains over fifty signatures collected from Vermonters in Randolph, White River, Bethel, and Norwich, Vermont.

The third series includes printed materials received and kept by Mrs. MacMartin. It includes a wide variety of newsletters, including In Fact, A Daily Antidote For Falsehood of the Press and publications by the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. There are flyers as well for various causes such as the treatment of Black singer Paul Robeson, the Korean War, banning the atomic bomb, and other peace issues. Other issues represented in the collection include the presidential campaign of Henry Wallace in 1948, assistance to those citizens attacked by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and world peace.

Biographical or historical data :

Helen Hawthorne MacMartin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 22, 1891 and died in Berlin, Vermont, in 1987. She was a graduate of William Smith College and did graduate work at the Simmons School of Social Work in Boston. She worked as a placement interviewer with the U. S. Employment Service in Burlington, Springfield, and Windsor, Vermont, from 1936 to 1948 when she resigned to devote her time to concerns with peace and justice. She served as secretary-treasurer for the Vermont Progressive Party and as state director of the Wallace for President Committee in 1948. She continued active involvement in social and political causes for many years.

Personal Subject : Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965.
Corporate Subject : Progressive Party of Vermont.
Progressive Party U.S. : 1948
Subject Term : Political activists Vermont.
Presidential candidates United States.
Women Political activity Vermont.
Korean War, 1950-1953.
Civil rights United States.
Geographic Term : United States Politics and government 1945-1953.
Vermont Politics and government 20th century.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Added Author : Progressive Party of Vermont.
Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948)
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (U.S.)
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