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Catherine Wolfe Donohue Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS 113
Catherine Wolfe Donohue, who contracted radium poisoning while an employee of the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, was part of the class action suit against the company. Damages were awarded to the women in 1938 by the Illinois Industrial Commission. This collection consists of a scrapbook created by the Donohue family with newspaper clippings about the plight of the women and their efforts to get treatment and compensation, some family photographs, publications from Argonne National Laboratory, articles about the case, and a letter from Donohue's cousin, Mary Carroll Cassidy.

Dates

  • 1936-1957
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1936-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Materials must be examined in the McCormick Library reading room. Photocopying is restricted at the discretion of the McCormick Library staff due to the fragile nature of the scrapbook pages and newspaper clippings.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Inquiries should be directed to the Curator of the McCormick Library of Special Collections.

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Abstract

Catherine Wolfe Donohue, who contracted radium poisoning while an employee of the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois, was part of the class action suit against the company. This collection consists of a scrapbook created by the Donohue family.

Method of Acquisition

Catherine Wolfe Donohue's family created a scrapbook of newspaper articles about radium poisoning and the suit brought against the Radium Dial Company of Ottawa, Illinois where Mrs. Donohue worked. Mary Carroll Cassidy, first cousin to Mary Jane Donohue, Catherine's daughter, arranged to donate the material to the McCormick Library of Special Collections on behalf of the entire family in 1992.

Other Descriptive Information

For information about holdings inquire at the McCormick Library reference desk.

Processing Information

Updated by Sigrid Pohl Perry, February 1997.

The original scrapbook containing the newspaper clippings was badly deteriorated, making use of the materials difficult. The scrapbook was disassembled and the pages with articles and clippings arranged chronologically into folders.
Title
Guide to the Catherine Wolfe Donohue Collection
Author
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Date
01/01/2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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