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Mary L. Garner, Indiana Bureau of Women and Children collection

 Collection — Folder: S2402
Identifier: S2402

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the following items related to Mary L. Garner's directorship of the Indiana Bureau of Women and Children, including a circa 1940 address given by Garner regarding the work of the bureau and working conditions in the state for women and children; a copy of a transcript of her interview by Mrs. R. Lieber for the first program of Concerning Children that was broadcast May 5, 1941; a copy of "Industrial Home Work - The System," an undated essay possibly written by Mrs. Garner; and copies of two undated letters from Mrs. Garner printed on Division of Labor letterhead, addressed to "Gentlemen," and prepared for unknown recipients.


  • circa 1940-1941, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Mary Louise Giles was born December 12, 1867 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Jerome and Almira (DeWolf) Giles. She and her family moved to South Bend, Indiana in the 1870s and she later married Edward Garner. Widowed in 1908, Mary Garner worked as a seamstress and was a member of the United Garment Workers Union. She served as the secretary of the South Bend Central Trades and Labor Union for many years and in 1933 was appointed by Governor Paul V. McNutt as head of the Women's and Children's Division of the Indiana State Industrial Board. In 1937, the name of her division was changed to the Bureau of Women and Children and became part of the Indiana Divison of Labor. Following her resignation as director in June 1943, she returned to South Bend and was elected vice-president of the Indiana State Federation of Labor, a position she held until her death at the age of 82 on June 13, 1950.


Information found within collection. "Mary Giles Garner." U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed August 15, 2022. "Mary L. Giles." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 15, 2022.

"Elected." South Bend Tribune (IN), July 8, 1943.

"Labor Leader Dies at Age 82." South Bend Tribune (IN), June 14, 1950.

"State Post." South Bend Tribune (IN), Jun 30, 1943.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/16 by Laura Eliason.
Mary L. Garner, Indiana Bureau of Women and Children collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.