Northwestern

Donohue, Catherine Wolfe Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 113

Dates

  • 1936-1957 (Creation)
  • 1936-1939 (Other)

Extents

  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Preferred Citation

    Catherine Wolfe Donohue Collection, Manuscript Series CXIII, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois.

  • 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.

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