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Mabeth Hurd Paige Collection M/A 1998.14.01

Mabeth Hurd Paige Collection M/A 1998.14.01

Creator:Paige, Mabeth Hurd, 1870-1961
Title: Mabeth Hurd Paige Collection
Quantity: 2.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Mabeth Hurd Paige was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1869 or 1870. She remained in Massachusetts through high school, after which she went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Massachusetts Art School in Boston, and the Julian Art Academie in Paris, France. After returning to the United States in 1891, she settled in Minneapolis where she began work with the art department in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

In Minneapolis she became acquainted with James Paige, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota, and the two were married in 1895. James encouraged her to pursue a degree in law which Mabeth did, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1900 and being admitted to the bar shortly thereafter. After law school she was active in a number of social and civic groups. She served as president of the Women's Christian Association from 1910 to 1922, founded the Minnesota chapter of the League of Women's Voters, and was also active with the Urban League, Minnesota Women's Cooperative Alliance, and various state and municipal boards and committees. She was also a delegrate to the First International Congress of Women in Rome in 1923 as well as two successive congresses in Paris and Geneva.

In 1922 she ran for the Minnesota State House of Representatives seat for the 30th District (comprising parts of Downtown and North Minneapolis). She was elected and, along with three other women elected that year, became one of the state's first elected female legislators. She caucused with the Republican Party but was described as a "freelance" who was not beholden to a political party. She pursued a number of different legislative initiatives in the areas of public welfare, labor, education, and environmental protection. She served ten consecutive terms, retiring from her seat in 1945.

Later in life she continued to remain active in politics, serving on committees and commissions including the Minneapolis Charter Commission, the State Constitutional Commission, and the Governor's Interracial Commission.

She suffered a stroke in early 1961 and later died in Minneapolis on August 19, 1961. She was survived by her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Paige Thompson.

Collection Description

The collection consists of two boxes. One box contains personal correspondence and papers, newspaper clippings, and various manuscript pages. The second box contains notes and typewritten transcripts related to her biography "Lady in Law" along with additional newspaper clippings.

Related Material

Lady In Law, a Biography of Mabeth Hurd Paige by Darragh Aldrich. Multiple copies available in Special Collections Lp143a1

Mabeth Hurd Paige, 1869-1961: Her Contributions as Humanitarian and Legislator by Caroline M. Erwin Thesis written by Mabeth Hurd Paige's granddaughter available in Special Collections Lp143e1

Subject Headings


Politicians -- Minnesota.
Women in politics -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Women -- Suffrage -- Minnesota -- History.


Minnesota -- Politics and government.

Table of Contents

Correspondence/Papers - National League of Women Voters and Women's Christian Association 1900-1920s -- Box 1, Folder 1
Letters from Mrs. Cyrus McCormick 1910s-1920s -- Box 1, Folder 2
Correspondence/Papers - Legislation and International Alliance of Women for Suffrage 1920s -- Box 1, Folder 3
Letters - From International Congress of Women May 1923 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Correspondence/Papers - Legislation and 1938 Election 1930s -- Box 1, Folder 5
Correspondence/Papers - Legislation Issues 1920s-1930s? -- Box 1, Folder 6
Correspondence/Papers 1940s -- Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence and Obituary Notes 1950s-1961 -- Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence/Papers - Caroline Erwin's Thesis Research 1960s -- Box 1, Folder 9
Index & European Voyages -- Box 2, Folder 1
Hope Chapel, Riverside Chapel, Union City Mission, Women's Christian Association -- Box 2, Folder 2
World's Fair, Kate's Wedding, Trip to Europe -- Box 2, Folder 3
Religion -- Box 2, Folder 4
Daughter Elizabeth's Schooling, Weddings -- Box 2, Folder 5
Death of Jamie's Mother, Paige Family History -- Box 2, Folder 6
Adolphus Greely -- Box 2, Folder 7
International Suffrage Alliance Convention in Rome, 1923 -- Box 2, Folder 8
Alaskan Trip, Birth of Elizabeth -- Box 2, Folder 9
Campaign of 1931 Against Shirley Edleston -- Box 2, Folder 10
Harriet's Assistance, Law School, Kate's Death -- Box 2, Folder 11
Return to Minneapolis after Wedding Journey -- Box 2, Folder 12
School Teaching Period in Minneapolis -- Box 2, Folder 13
Legislature -- Box 2, Folder 14
Women Legislators -- Box 2, Folder 15
Suffrage Movement, League of Women Voters, Mrs. Ueland -- Box 2, Folder 16
National Conventions, 1940 Republican, 1920 Presidential, Pan-American Congress -- Box 2, Folder 17
Life With Jamie (Husband) -- Box 2, Folder 18
Decision to Run for Legislature, Other Legislative Subjects -- Box 2, Folder 19
Organization of Legislature, Psychopathic Hospital, Small Loan Bills -- Box 2, Folder 20
Common-Law Marriage, Part Time School, Mississippi River and Sewage -- Box 2, Folder 21
Pensions, Narcotics, Unemployment Comp., Housing -- Box 2, Folder 22
Legislative Memoranda, Notes, Impressions, Anecdote (Hennepin County Delegation) -- Box 2, Folder 23
Notes on Hannah Kempfer, Floyd Olson -- Box 2, Folder 24
Prohibition Amendment, Organized Unemployed, Appointment to Interracial -- Box 2, Folder 25
St. Croix Cabin -- Box 2, Folder 26
Notes on Collins-Paige Conversation, Remarks Made By Mrs. Clapesattle -- Box 2, Folder 27
Reelection in 1940 and 1941 Session, 1942 and 1943 Session, Stassen -- Box 2, Folder 28
Minneapolis Charter Commission, Minneapolis Police Survey Commission, Advisory Council of Div. Unemployment and Security -- Box 2, Folder 29
Fill-in Notes on Various Subjects, Misc. -- Box 2, Folder 30
Misc. -- Box 2, Folder 31
Miss Mitchell, Miss Horr -- Box 2, Folder 32
Biography -- Art School Period -- Box 2, Folder 33
Law School -- Box 2, Folder 34
Trip to Europe with Elizabeth -- Box 2, Folder 35
Trip to Paris in 1926 and Trip to Europe with Miss Bovey in 1927 -- Box 2, Folder 36
Convention in Berlin, 1929 -- Box 2, Folder 37
Lindbergh in Paris, 1927 -- Box 2, Folder 38
English Nurse in Rome -- Box 2, Folder 39
Biography -- Wedding, 1895 -- Box 2, Folder 40
Trips to Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park -- Box 2, Folder 41
Yellowstone Park Trips -- Box 2, Folder 42
Texas Trip -- Box 2, Folder 43
Mabeth Paige Hall -- Box 2, Folder 44
Clippings 1940s-1960s -- Box 2, Folder 45
Clippings 1920s-1940s -- Box 2, Folder 46

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