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Lillian Schoedler (1891–1963)

Lillian Schoedler worked as the secretary and then the assistant manager of the Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations (later the Bureau of Vocational Information). The daughter of Ulrich and Paula Schoedler, she graduated from Barnard in 1911 with a degree in economics. She began working at the Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations in December of 1912 and quickly moved up from first secretary to assistant manager, but left the organization in the spring of 1915 after suffering a nervous breakdown.

Schoedler went on to work as a private secretary to the Everit family and Mrs. Emmons Blaine in Chicago, taking a brief hiatus during World War I to serve as the executive secretary of the Women's Division of the War Savings Stamp Campaign. Later she worked abroad as secretary to the regional director of the Far East Division of General Motors. Upon her return to the United States she became the assistant to Edward A. Filene (1931–1937), the Boston businessman. Eventually she would travel around the world, visiting every continent except Antarctica. Her diary entries record social visits, daily walks with a dog she calls "the beast," lunchtime shopping trips to New York department stores, her work with the Barnard College athletics association, and her various athletic pursuits, particularly horseback riding.

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Full Collection Citation

Lillian Schoedler Papers, 1890–1963; Diary, 1913. MC 273, Series II, 15v. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Electronic Finding Aid

Schoedler, Lillian, 1891–1963. Papers, 1890–1963: A Finding Aid (MC 273). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA.

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