Full caption: Newspaper clipping. ca. January 1914. Kate Waller Barrett Papers (container 4). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-11882-4. Full caption: Newspaper clipping. ca. January 1914. Kate Waller Barrett Papers (container 4). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-11882-4.

Kate Waller Barrett (1858-1925), physician and leader in the National Florence Crittenton Mission for unwed mothers, was among the delegation of women reformers who successfully lobbied President Woodrow Wilson in January 1914 to postpone enacting a law that would dismantle the capital city's notorious red-light district until arrangements could be made to assist and rehabilitate the many prostitutes who would be displaced from the triangular area that stretched below Pennsylvania Avenue two blocks from the White House to the edge of Capitol Hill. Wilson was sympathetic to the reformers and later supplied Barrett with a letter of support for the Crittenton Mission's work to be used in the organization's fund-raising campaigns. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, like this one from the Barrett Papers, are often found in collections of personal papers. They provide access to articles not easily located in unindexed newspapers and provide clues about other sources to consult, in this case, the papers of Woodrow Wilson, which contain scattered letters from Barrett and a case file on the 1914 Kenyon Act to Enjoin and Abate Houses of Lewdness, Assignation, and Prostitution (S. 234).

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