Frances Nacke Noel, reformer, labor activist, feminist, suffragette, and socialist, came to the United States from Germany in 1893. In 1899 she moved to Los Angeles, joined the Socialist party, and worked for several labor and suffrage organizations; she later founded the Wage Earners' Suffrage League. She died in Los Angeles in 1963. Job Harriman, lawyer and socialist, came to Los Angeles from Indiana in the late 1890s. In 1911, he ran unsuccessfully as the Socialist and labor candidate for mayor of Los Angeles. Harriman also founded the Llano del Rio Colony, a utopian community in the Antelope Valley in California. He died in California in 1925.
Scope and Content
The collection is made up of material gathered by Knox Mellon for his dissertation about Job Harriman. The papers chiefly deal with Job Harriman; Frances Nacke Noel; socialism; the Llano del Rio Colony; labor and union issues; and suffrage and women's rights. Some other subjects covered are: Los Angeles politics, the Los Angles Times Building bombing, utopian communities, and women in the labor movement in both Mexico and the United States. The manuscripts include essays, research notes, draft pages for Mellon's dissertation, and personal interviews with individuals who knew Job Harriman. The correspondence is mainly made up of letters written by Knox Mellon requesting information about Job Harriman. There are also letters related to Frances Nacke Noel, her family, and her activities. Other authors included are: Eugene V. Debs, Joe Hill, Robert V. Hine, J.S. Holliday, Walter Millsap, Alice Park, and Maud Younger.