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Mary G. Roebling: Series Descriptions


Biographical And Publicity Files, 1937-1994.

(3.8 cubic feet beginning in box 1)

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

A large part of the series consists of newspaper clippings collected by the Romeike Clipping Service in Staten Island, New York, which are divided by subject, or chronologically under the heading "General." Many of these clippings document parties or other social occasions attended by Mary Roebling.

Of particular interest are newspaper clippings documenting Roebling's appointment as the first woman governor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1958; her retirement from her position of Chairman of the Board of the National State Bank in 1984; and the dedication of the Mary G. Roebling Building in Trenton in 1988. Also of interest is the inventory and appraisal of the contents of Mary Roebling's townhouse in Trenton in 1960 and 1965, showing her collection of art and antiques.

Series also includes material documenting the relationship between Roebling and Rasponi Associates, the public relations firm owned by Count Lanfranco Rasponi. Roebling used the firm to encourage favorable publicity for herself from 1956 until 1963, when Count Rasponi resigned. Correspondence between her and Rasponi shows various public relations strategies Roebling used and her keen awareness of the power of the media. Additional material in this series documents the history of the Roebling family, including printed materials and correspondence related to the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1983; and a partial run of the Roebling Record, the Roebling Historical Society newsletter (1987-1992). Finally, this series includes material about the history of the Trenton Trust Company, particularly documentation of the bank's seventy-fifth anniversary in 1963, where Roebling organized a symposium, "The Survival of Free Enterprise."


Appointment Diaries, 1964-1993.

(4.3 cubic feet beginning in box 4)

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Daily documentation of Mary Roebling's business, political, social, and personal activities and appointments as kept by Roebling and her secretaries during the period 1964-1993, with the exception of 1984, which is missing. The records include desk calendar books, probably kept in Roebling's office, and date-books, which Roebling probably carried with her on her many trips. Also included are miniature desk calendars that appear to be scratch pads for Roebling, in which she jotted down things that occurred that day, people's names, titles, addresses or phone numbers, as well as ideas or plans for future events and catering. Also included is a date-book that appears to have belonged to Roebling's Denver secretary.

Of particular interest is the fact that Roebling noted both accepted and denied events within her appointment diaries. Birth dates of acquaintances are noted at the top of both the desk calendars and date-books, including many politically important figures with whom she corresponded.

These books provide evidence of Roebling's varied and busy schedule of events and interests, as can be seen by the fact that the majority of dates are completely filled with appointments.


Speeches, 1937-1994.

(12 cubic feet beginning in box 9)

Grouped chronologically by sub-series and alphabetically within each sub-series.

Primarily speeches given by Mary Roebling and supporting materials. Includes a few speeches given by other people. Document types include published and unpublished speeches, drafts, correspondence, telegrams, notes, programs, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, a vinyl phonograph record, and a reel-to-reel audiotape.

Consists of four sub-series: Speeches, 1937-1951 (subject file), Speeches, 1937-1951 (place file), Speeches, 1938-1969, and Speeches, 1949-1994.

Speeches, 1937-1951 (subject file) (1 cubic foot) consists of early speeches arranged by subject, including a partial subject index. This series includes many drafts, fragments, and introductions of Roebling and other speakers. Subjects covered include economics, finance, equal rights for women, international relations, public relations, the city of Trenton, unemployment, the Second World War, and women's work in business and industry. Of particular interest is a 1947 speech on relief for China, where she suggests that a prosperous China could become an important market for the products of American industry, and a 1938 speech in which she advocates balancing the budget. In 1944, she spoke about the importance of retaining women in industry once the war had ended, and in 1949 she spoke in support of the Equal Rights Amendment then being considered by Congress.

Some of the speeches are actually radio addresses such as a 1950 talk where Roebling advocated incorporating the neighboring towns of Ewing, Lawrence, and Hamilton into a greater Trenton.

Speeches, 1937-1951 (place file) (.75 cubic feet) consists of early speeches arranged by the town or city in which they were given. Although Roebling spoke at locations throughout the United States including Kansas City, Los Angeles, Alaska, and Hawaii, she most often spoke in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Roebling often gave the same speech to many different groups.

Of particular interest is a speech Roebling gave to the Women in Industry Conference of the South Jersey Manufacturer's Association in Camden, New Jersey, in 1944, in which she calls for equal rights for women regardless of marital status, equal pay for equal work, equal opportunity for advancement, and increased employment of older women. Also of interest is a speech delivered at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1947, where Roebling calls for education in understanding world cultures to promote peace and create global markets. Included are letters Roebling received in response to this speech.

Speeches 1938(1952)-1969 (2.75 cubic feet) is grouped alphabetically by names of organizations to which Roebling spoke. Roebling often tailored her speeches to the group to whom she was speaking. Also includes award acceptance speeches, tributes, campaign speeches, testimony, canceled speeches, correspondence about declined speeches and television broadcasts, as well as information Roebling sent out to reporters writing articles about her. Includes correspondence between Roebling's secretary, her speech writer Larry Casey, and her father, who advised her.

Subjects covered include women in business, the impact of automation on women's work, public relations, investments, the need to preserve the free enterprise system, the need to deepen the Delaware River, and the evils of migrant labor. Many of Roebling's speeches were educational, explaining to people how to invest their money, how to prepare personal budgets, and the meaning of inflation and other economics terms.

Of particular interest is a speech Roebling gave at the American Banking Association convention in Trenton in 1962, where she spoke via Telstar satellite to Dr. H.C. Boden, President of the International Chamber of Commerce. Also of interest is a questionnaire distributed by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in 1953. In answer to the question "What Holds Women Back in Job Advancement?", Roebling replied that women's position is improving, although their role as economic producers has not been fully appreciated and they still face discrimination.

Sub-series Speeches, 1949-1994 (7.5 cubic feet) is arranged alphabetically by heading. It is primarily made up of speeches Roebling gave in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and fax transmittals in which she sent written remarks. Among the fax transmittals are arrangements for Roebling's funeral made by her Secretary Kay MacPherson. Includes a book The Art of Being a Boss, by Robert J. Schoenberg (1978), on which Roebling consulted.

Subjects covered include the need for private companies to provide child care, the women's liberation movement, the importance of credit cards to banks, the need to redevelop New Jersey's cities, patriotism, and religious belief.


Speech Material, 1919(1937)-1994.

(6.3 cubic feet beginning in box 21)

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Documents kept as reference material for speeches given by Mary G. Roebling. Document types include articles, journals, newsletters, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, speeches by Mary G. Roebling and others, press releases, maps, newspaper clippings, and a record album.

Subjects vary and are numerous, including women, art, humor, foreign policy, banking, the military, defense spending, Christmas, capitalism, communism, socialism, Korea, Sweden, civil rights, New Jersey, social security, stocks, finance, education, law, and poetry.

Of particular interest are the files that Roebling kept of magazine and newspaper articles, pamphlets, and government documents about women which span the period 1919 to 1994, including files on women and business, women's liberation, women and government and women veterans. Among these are Roebling's responses to questions sent to her by a student (O'Neill, Erin file) concerning the establishment of women's banks and the status of women in society. Also of interest is the Public Relations file which contains a proposed plan to make Roebling more well known.


Personal Files, 1935(1960)-1994.

(15 cubic feet beginning in box 27)

Grouped chronologically by sub-series and alphabetically within each sub-series.

Primarily personal correspondence received by Mary Roebling. Also includes correspondence with organizations and files on subjects in which Roebling had an interest, such as mechanical banks and astrology. Some material is answered by Roebling's personal secretaries Irene Frost, Mary Devlin ("Devey") Simco, or Kay MacPherson. Document types include letters received, copies of letters sent, magazine and newspaper clippings, invitations, newsletters and bulletins, minutes, financial documents, genealogical material, catalogs, programs, lists and notes.

Series consists of three sub-series: Personal Files 1945-1957; Personal Files 1937-1991; and Personal Files 1952-1994. Personal Files 1945-1957 (.8 cubic feet) contains personal letters from Mary Roebling's friends, and has been restricted until January 1, 2020.

The bulk of sub-series Personal Files 1937-1991 (7.3 cubic feet) dates from 1949 to 1971. It includes correspondence with Roebling's family, friends and acquaintances, many of whom were national public figures, such as U.S. Senator Harrison Williams, U.S. Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, Congressman James Roosevelt (Franklin D. Roosevelt's son), Washington hostess and Minister to Luxembourg Perle Mesta, and Richard Nixon, for whom Roebling served as a delegate in the 1960 presidential election. It also includes correspondence with New Jersey state government figures such as Governor Thomas Kean, Governor Robert Meyner and his wife Helen, who served in the U.S. Congress, and New Jersey Republican Finance Committee Chairman Webster B. Todd. Roebling also kept files on foreign government officials with whom she corresponded, such as Eva Peron, whom she met while visiting Argentina in 1950, and Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, whose inauguration she attended in 1959. In addition, Roebling developed a personal relationship with Sukanya Sathityudhakan, the daughter of a Thai minister of defense, who worked for the Trenton Trust Company while a student at Rider College in the 1960s. Finally, Mary Roebling was close friends with Shinzo and Masako Ohya. Shinzo Ohya, president of Teyin, Ltd., one of Japan's biggest fiber and textile companies, served in the Japanese Diet and the Cabinet. His wife Masako, who had her own real estate empire, became one of the world's richest women.

Mary Roebling also corresponded with business leaders in her native Trenton and nationally, such as Sam Le Frak, the billionaire builder; David McDonald, president of the U.S. Steelworkers; Ian MacGregor, chairman of British Coal; Charles B. Tichenor, chairman of the board of Champale, Inc.; and her cousins Robert and Peggy MacNeil, president of the Trenton Times. The Personal Files often document the area where Roebling's business interests and friendships intersected, as she cultivated new accounts for the Trenton Trust Company. For example, she was friendly with Henry W. Jeffers, president of Walker-Gordon Laboratories of Plainsboro, where she sat on the Board of Directors. Roebling also corresponded with many people in the fields of public relations and the media, such as Arthur "Red" Motley, the publisher of Parade; M. Albert Neroni, head of public relations at the John A. Roebling Company; and of course Larry Casey, the Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who became her speech writer and public relations advisor.

Finally, the Personal Files document Roebling's many interests, such as travel, religion, genealogy, orchids, opera, art and design. For instance, Roebling was a friend and patron of opera singer Eleanor Steber. The Personal Files also contain some correspondence and reference materials received from organizations which she supported, such as the Whitney Museum, Wilberforce University, the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, Russell Sage College, and the Radcliffe Institute.

Personal Files 1952-1994 (8.3 cubic feet) contains correspondence with past presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon and their families; people in business; personalities such as astrologer Carroll Righter; and personal friends and acquaintances.

Also includes genealogical material concerning the Gindhart and Roebling families and several articles and correspondence concerning the involvement of the Roebling family in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and attempts at creating a Roebling postal stamp. The series also contains some financial documents, documentation of contributions to organizations, and versions of Mrs. Roebling's will.


Organizations Files, 1941-1994.

(26.5 cubic feet beginning in box 42)

Grouped by sub-series and alphabetically within each sub-series.

Primarily documents organizations in which Mary G. Roebling played a significant role, through serving on the board of directors, as a donor, advisor, or active participant, although occasional material may constitute solicitation without a documented response. Primarily consists of documents generated by organizations and maintained for reference purposes, as well as correspondence. Document types include correspondence, reports, financial documents, memoranda, minutes, brochures, pamphlets, press releases, telegrams, newspaper and magazine clippings, invitations, notes, and a book.

The types of organizations vary and include corporations, private companies, non-profit and educational organizations, as well as government offices and agencies. These organizations range from political, social, and business to educational, historical, religious, and philanthropic. Some individuals are included primarily as representatives of their organization.

Series consists of two sub-series: Organizations Files 1941-1994; and Organizations Files 1949-1992.

Organizations Files 1941-1994 (6.5 cubic feet) documents Mary Roebling's involvement with the American Institute for Public Service, Atlantic Congress for NATO, Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Girl Scouts, the Governor's Economic Recovery Commission, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Invest-in-America National Council, the National Association of Bank Women, the National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, New Jersey Tercentenary Commission, the New York World's Fair, United Jewish Appeal, Westminster Choir College, the Woods Schools, and many other organizations.

Of particular interest is her appointment in 1959 as one of one hundred delegates to the Congress of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in London, the purpose of which was to enlarge the activities and increase understanding of the organization. Also of interest is Mary Roebling's service as a member of the Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, to which she was appointed by President Kennedy in 1963; to the New Jersey Tercentenary Commission, where she served as co-chair for Mercer County; and on the Advisory Ways and Means Committee for the New Jersey pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1964.

This sub-series also documents Roebling's service on the United States Council, International Chamber of Commerce, Inc., from 1974 to 1981; on the President's Task Force on International Private Enterprise, formed in 1983 by President Reagan, which recommended ways to strengthen private enterprise in the developing world; and as a member of the National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce Sub-Council on Advertising and Promotion from 1971 to 1973. In addition, it documents her service on the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, to which she was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean in 1983; and the Governor's Economic Recovery Commission (1975), which addressed the costs of doing business in New Jersey.

Finally, this series documents Roebling's philanthropic interests, particularly her service on the Board of Trustees of the Woods Schools and Residential Treatment Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, a school of special education, from the 1950s until the 1990s.

Organizations 1949-1992 documents many of same organizations as Organizations 1941-1994, although the bulk dates from a slightly later period. For instance, it includes documentation of the Invest-in-America Foundation, the United States Council for International Business (formerly the United States Council of the International Chamber of Commerce), the President's Task Force on International Private Enterprise, the Governor's Economic Recovery Commission, and the Woods Schools.

Of particular interest is documentation of Mary Roebling's support of philanthropic organizations such as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, of which she was honorary chairman of the Mercer County Chapter and one of the sponsors of the Annual Brotherhood Awards dinner; the George C. Marshall Research Foundation in Lexington, Virginia, which funded scholarly and educational activities to honor Marshall's memory; the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school for women in the United States, of which Roebling sat on the Board until 1990; and many local organizations including St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, a private girls' school where Roebling sat on the Board of Trustees in the 1940s and 1950s; the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, of which Roebling was Chairman of the Board of Governors; and the New Jersey State Museum. Also of interest are Roebling's service on the Board of the National Council of Churches, where she was placed on the Business and Finance Committee; and her election to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America in 1973.

This sub-series also documents Roebling's attempts, as a prominent member of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce, to attract the United States Steel Corporation to the Trenton area, and to gain the company's business for the Trenton Trust bank, when its Fairless plant was built in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, in 1951.


General Files, 1949-1990.

(12 cubic feet beginning in box 68)

Arranged alphabetically by folder heading.

Documents Mary G. Roebling's general interests and involvement in organizations,

companies, government, and events as well as personal correspondence and connections. Also contains information on trips she took and special events such as the Apollo II launching, plus documentation of scholarships and awards given and received by Roebling.

Document types include personal and professional correspondence, maps, tour guides, pamphlets, information booklets on companies and foundations, newsletters, catalogues, reports, minutes, memoranda, and magazine and newspaper clippings.

This series contains information that shows Roebling's interest in religion, education, the armed forces, politics, social issues, women's issues, government (from the local level to the national level), business, banking, antiques, foreign policy, historical sites, cultural heritage, fine arts, hobbies, patriotism, and economics. The bulk of these materials fall between the years 1953 and 1977. Of particular interest are files documenting Roebling's service on the Mercer County Improvement Authority from 1967 to 1977; the New Jersey Small Business Advisory Council, 1966-1968; the New Jersey State Museum Advisory Committee; and the Margaret Sanger Institute of Human Reproduction and Development. Prominent correspondents include mayors Robert Wagner of New York and Carmen J. Armenti of Trenton, New Jersey governors Alfred E. Driscoll and Willam T. Cahill, New York Archbishops Terence Cardinal Cooke and Cardinal Spellman, journalists Drew Pearson and Ben Reese, Sr., writer James Michener, actress Joan Crawford, Trenton philanthropist Alice Kuser, publisher Samuel I. Newhouse, and Winthrop Rockefeller.


Military Files, 1951-1994.

(5.8 cubic feet beginning in box 80)

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Documents Mary Roebling's participation in U.S. military-related organizations. Document types include correspondence, speeches, reports, itineraries, notes, government documents, newsletters, pamphlets, and programs.

Documents Roebling's involvement in organizations such as the Citizens Advisory Committee on Armed Forces Training Installations (1951-1953), where she visited bases in the United States and Germany and reported on facilities and conditions. Roebling was particularly concerned with the condition of women soldiers, as well as noting instances of racial discrimination at some bases. Also documents Roebling's work on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (1951-1953), where she served on the Recruiting and Public Information Subcommittee. In this capacity, she visited bases, arranged events, and promoted the introduction of a postage stamp honoring women's contribution to national defense.

A large part of the series (about 2 cubic feet) documents Mary Roebling's work as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the State of New Jersey (1971-1983), as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the First Army Area (1983-1986) and as Civilian Aide Emeritus (1987-1994), in which capacity she sponsored events, made speeches, and advised the army on publicity matters. Series also documents Roebling's work as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors, Association of the United States Army (1970-1994), in which she served on the Expanding Education Fund Committee (established in 1980) to educate the public about the military. Roebling also awarded the Mary G. Roebling Distinguished Service Award to prominent individuals, and the Roebling Awards to top women Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) graduates. In addition, this series documents her support of the Army War College Foundation at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, of which she was the founding president; her service on the Board of Directors of the Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Club in New York City, and her service on the Board of Governors of the United Services Organization (USO), where she was one of the sponsors of the USO Woman of the Year luncheon.

Finally, this series includes correspondence, mostly letters of congratulation, with military figures such as Generals William C. Westmoreland, Colin L. Powell, and H. Norman Schwartzkopf.


Patriotic Societies And Genealogical Files, 1947-1971.

(1 cubic foot beginning in box 87)

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Documents Mary G. Roebling's and her family's involvement in patriotic associations, and their efforts to trace the Gindhart family genealogy so as to be eligible for membership in such social and historical clubs. This series includes, for example, folders concerning the New Jersey chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR) and the Children of the American Revolution (NJCAR) and Isaac D. Gindhart's notes relating to the history of the Weldon family. The materials take the form of correspondence, typed and handwritten notes, membership applications and directories, news releases and clippings, meeting minutes, reports, magazines, society yearbooks, photographs, and one scrapbook of photographs.

A substantial part of this series (9 folders) documents the NJCAR's yearly Patriotic Education Week, for which Mary G. Roebling was Senior State Chairman. As chairman, Roebling judged and awarded prizes for local efforts that sought to raise community awareness of American history. Many documents in this series also pertain to the patriotic endeavors of Margaret G. Finley, Roebling's sister, who was president general of the National Society of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century and state regent of the NJDAR.


State Investment Council Files, 1950-1956.

(2 cubic feet beginning in box 88)

Grouped chronologically by quarter.

Documents the meetings and activities of the New Jersey State Investment Council (NJSIC), to which Mary G. Roebling was appointed in 1950 and for which she served as secretary until her resignation on April 23, 1956. Includes minutes of the NJSIC's meetings, monthly statements of bond purchases, and monthly reports of financial profits and losses on securities. Also contains quarterly reports and yearly reports compiled by the NJSIC, correspondence and a lengthy 1951 report on the policies of the State Investment Council.

The State Investment Council was organized in August, 1950, as part of the Division of Investment of the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Members were appointed by the Governor, with Gordon S. Kerr serving as director until June, 1956, when William F. Voorhees, Jr. was appointed to act in that capacity. Through 1953, the NJSIC's fiscal year ended on November 30th. Beginning with its fourth annual report, NJSIC's fiscal year coincided with the State's fiscal year of July 1st through June 30th. After August, 1953, there are few if any quarterly reports in the files. Of particular interest to the researcher may be the folder relating to quarter September-November 1950, which details the organization of the NJSIC.

Richard Nixon Files, 1963-1994.

(1 cubic foot beginning in box 89)

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Correspondence between Mary Roebling and the Nixon family and documentation of Mary Roebling's involvement and contributions towards the private Nixon Presidential Library. Roebling was an "Initial Director" and Board member of the Library, and a major contributor to the Library's foundation. The series also includes Mary Roebling's collection of articles on Richard Nixon, his speeches and material regarding her involvement with the distribution of President Nixon's book, Victory Without War, to New Jersey libraries. Series document types include correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures and copies of Nixon's speeches.

Of particular interest are the Nixon family correspondence files, which include informal letters between Mary Roebling and President Nixon, his wife, and family from 1983 to 1990. Also of interest are the Nixon Presidential Library correspondence files, which contain memorandums for "Initial Directors" regarding the first plans for the Library, the foundation's by-laws, Board of Directors' information and the Library's "solicitor's kit." Some Nixon Presidential Library correspondence can also be found in the Nixon family correspondence files.

Also includes files relating to Roebling's continued interest in President Nixon and his political goals. The file of Nixon's speeches, ranging from 1963 to 1990, and the file on the distribution of Victory Without War, together with various items of correspondence and newspaper clippings, display Roebling's unwavering support for President Nixon.


Women's Bank (Denver) Files, 1976-1994.

2 cubic feet beginning in box 90)

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Documentation of the activities surrounding the formation and daily business of the Denver-based Women's Bank, as it relates to Mary Roebling, the bank's Chairman of the Board. The records also include material regarding Roebling's involvement in the Denver community, where she maintained an apartment, such as correspondence and informational files on Denver's Chamber of Commerce, the Children's Diabetes Foundation, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and the Women's Forum of Colorado. Included in the series are correspondence, schedules, annual reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, brochures, building plans, meeting minutes, marketing plans, bank policies, press releases, shareholder information and Roebling's speeches in Denver. Features correspondence between Mary Roebling, LaRae Orullian, the president and CEO of The Women's Bank and the first woman bank president in Colorado, and Thora Arvig, Orullian's administrative assistant.

Of particular interest are the press release files, which include plans of how to publicize the Women's Bank and articles and press releases that exhibit both the Bank's and Roebling's beneficial relationship with the Denver press. Also of interest are the copies of the Women's Bank seasonal newsletter, Teller, which published articles on staff members, successful customers, and issues relating to the progress of the Bank and women's issues, such as the passage of the ERA. In addition, the file on LaRae Orullian includes both personal and business correspondence and displays the close relationship between the Bank's president and the Chairman of the Board. Includes many news articles regarding Orullian and her success as a female bank president in Colorado.

Also includes files relating to Roebling's involvement with the Denver community, which highlight her contributions to Denver arts, charities and other local bodies, such as the Denver Art Museum, the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. Meeting minutes and correspondence relating to Mary Roebling's position on the Board of Trustees of the Denver Center for Performing Arts is included. Of interest are the files relating to the Women's Forum, a Colorado professional women's organization, which show Roebling's continued interest in the plight of women in business. Included are prerequisites to membership in the Women's Forum and meeting minutes. Also included in the series are many newspaper articles that highlight Roebling's interest in the improvement of women's place in the professions.


Photographs, 1902(1938)-1993.

(1.5 cubic feet beginning in box 92)

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Photographs primarily of Mary Roebling attending various functions, and of her friends and family. Most of the photographs are black and white 8 x 10 prints, but there are also a number other sizes, and color snapshots. There are also a few contact sheets and negatives. A portfolio of color photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge is stored with other oversize materials.

Subjects include portraits of Mary Roebling, portraits of Mary Roebling's friends, family, and business associates, numerous events including parties and receptions, many of which were at the Trenton Trust Company, conferences of banking, military, and women's organizations, travel photographs, art works, performances, and a few interiors and street scenes.

Of particular interest are photographs of Mary Roebling visiting military bases, and photographs of her with presidents Nixon and Eisenhower, and with Mother Theresa. The VIP file includes photographs of Mary Roebling with Agnes de Mille, New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, Averell Harriman, President Ayub Khan of Pakistan, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.


Scrapbooks, 1939-1946 and 1968-1969.

(1.5 cubic feet beginning in box 94)

Grouped chronologically.

Three scrapbooks kept by Mary Roebling documenting her personal and professional life. Types of material found in the earlier scrapbooks (1939-1941 and 1942-1946) include newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, programs, invitations, correspondence, greeting and flower enclosure cards, telegrams, membership cards, a horoscope and a certificate appointing Roebling to the State of New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Commission. The third scrapbook (1968-1969) is entirely made up of newspaper clippings.

Subjects include fund-raising events and award ceremonies, parties, Roebling's townhouse, weddings of family members and friends, the Trenton Trust Company, women's clubs, and other organizations. Also includes articles written by Roebling on women and business.