Florence Mason papers, 1959-1987
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Brief Description:

The Florence Mason Collection documents her work with the International Organization of Consumers Unions (IOCU), the United Nations, and the development of consumer associations in various countries.

The collection is contained in 4 boxes consisting of 92 file folders. The material is divided into 2 series: 1) IOCU, 2) Subject Files.

The majority of the material is contained in the IOCU series. It contains annual reports, information on consumer associations in foreign countries ( India, Japan, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom, etc.), proceedings from five world congresses, and speeches and papers from various members of the organization, including Anwar Fazal, former IOCU president, and Ruth Simmons-Vermeer, former special agent for Asia and Pacific. The series spans the years 1964-1987 and is housed in 46 file folders.

The Subject Files are arranged alphabetically and contain papers on the following topics: consumer education; how to establish educational programs; tips and suggestions on consumer protection; environmental concerns; personal papers including notes and drafts of letters; printed material; speeches from individuals involved with the consumer movement in the U.S. and abroad, such as Foo Gaik Sim and Rhoda H. Karpatkin; and the United Nations, including UNICEF information on the state of the world's children and information on the Law of the Sea. The series dates from 1959 to 1987 and is contained in 46 file folders.

Printed material has been removed from the collection and filed with other publications in the Consumer Movement Archives. The printed material contains items from IOCU, Consumers Union, government departments, UNICEF, the United Nations, and Consumers' Association.

Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at] ksu.edu
Created by: Mason, Florence (1896-unknown)
Volume: 6.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/01/1988.
Arrangement: The papers are housed in 4 document boxes and are contained in 92 file folders. They are divided into 2 series: 1) IOCU, 1964- 1987; 2) Subject Files, 1959-1987. Printed material has been transferred from the collection and filed with other publications in the Consumer Movement Archives.
Biographical Note for Mason, Florence (1896-unknown) : Florence Mason (unknown Maiden name) was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin on August 31, 1896.  She received her B. A. from the University of Wisconsin. in 1921.  Mason worked in the library, Extension Division, University of Wisconsin, Madison from 1919 to 1926.  In 1929 Mason became a librarian at American Standards Association in New York and worked there until she took a job as librarian at the Consumers Union in Mt. Vernon, New York in 1939.  She married Alphonso Linwood Mason on February 12, 1949.  Mason stopped being a librarian in 1959 when she took the assistant to director position at Consumers Union.  In 1961 she became assistant to the President of International Origanization of Consumers Union (IOCU), The Hague, Netherlands.  In 1963, Mason was appointed IOCU special correspondent to the United Nations.
Access Restrictions: No  access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Consumer movement
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet Access.
Acquisition Notes: Florence Mason  Donation
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], Florence Mason papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State Univeristy Libraries.