Isobel Soule (1820-1883) was born in Irvington, New York and educated privately. She married George H. Soule, an editor of New Republic, in 1923. Soule displayed an interest in social problems, and lent her name, energy, and sponsorship to a variety of causes and committees, many of which were labor related. One of most sustained efforts was in connection with the strike of the Vermont quarry workers in the late 1930s. She was also one of the procession of sympathetic journalists who visited Russia in the 1930s and pronounced it "Paradise Regained." Soule coauthored a book, A Guide for Ladies Auxiliaries, and was on the editorial board of Woman Today.
The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, subject files including labor groups and committees, a scrapbook, George Soule correspondence and a manuscript, and an autobiography by James Blaine Walker.
Isobel Soule correspondence includes professional, personal, and family letters. Personal correspondence is organized alphabetically while outgoing letters are organized by date (1914-1971). There is also a group of letters from soldiers in WWI: William Dolan, 57th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps; J. M. F. (Jack) Gorman, 1st Connecticut Infantry; A. Eugene Higgens, Company B, Water Tank Train.
Subject files are organized alphabetically and contain many labor groups such as Quarry Workers International Union of North America and United Committee to aid Vermont Quarry workers. Other groups include American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born and the International Committee for the Protection of the Brazilian People. Documents include correspondence, meeting notes, and publications.
Manuscripts by Soule include articles, book-length, and poetry drafts and final revisions.
George Soule correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters.
Included in the collection is a 312 page autobiographical manuscript by James Blaine Walker (1864-1943, most likely Soule's father), titled "When the West Was Wild." The manuscript describes Walker's experiences as a newspaperman in Helena, Montana in the 1880s as well as his later association with the Syracuse, New York Herald, the New York Daily News and the New York Evening Telegram. The manuscript also refers to Walkers service as secretary of the New York Public Service Commission, District 1.
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[Identification of item], Isobel Walker Soule papers, Ax 774, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.