Paul Underwood Kellogg to Jane Addams, May 7, 1913



May 7, 1913.

Dear Miss Addams:

I am glad to be able to report progress in the matter of this summer's work along the lines outlined in the papers Mrs. Bowen was good enough to take with her.

Professor Commons is under commitment to the Carnegie Foundation for a heavy summer's work, and so was unable to shoulder the responsibility; Mr. McCarthy likewise engaged.

Dr. Lindsay is stepping into the breach; and sacrificing a book to do it; it has been his plan to this summer write a review of ten years of the child labor movement. But as we have conferred over this phase of the Party's work, it has seemed more and more the imperative thing to do to bring our proposals for social and industrial justice forward another stage during these summer months. The plan is outlined on the enclosed sheet. The legislative drafting bureau at Columbia, which has been doing excellent work for the American Association for Labor Legislation and other bodies, is being commissioned to do the work of collating, etc; and Dr. Lindsay, who is <their> industrial expert, will shoulder executive responsibility for the same. The plan will be to start the work off at a conference, to which Prof. Commons, Mr. McCarthy, Professor Seager, Dean Lewis, Mr. Weyl and the chairmen of your departmental committees will be invited; and to follow this up with three or four such legislative conferences during the summer, to pass upon and make suggestions and judgments on the reports presented by the legislative reference bureau.

It will be necessary, [of course,] to get the concurrent action by Dean Lewis' department in the fall; and all decisions will, of course, come before you on your return; although, if you are back in this country by July, you will, [of course] be here to take a formative part in much of the work.

I did not feel that such fragments of time as I, or you on your return, could give to it would be sufficient to carry through the exacting work necessary. The fact that Dr. Lindsay is chairman of the adjoining Department of Education seemed to make his enlistment especially desirable, for his department will be responsible for supplying this material to speakers and lecturers, <&> bringing it out in pamphlets in the educational movement in the months ahead. [page 2]

Also for general range of knowledge of labor legislation, he is probably our strongest man here in New York, and more than that, he was one of the first to openly and fearlessly take the plunge for the progressive movement. My estimate, both of his [caliber] and nerve, went up a hundred [percent] during the summer months.

I hope you will feel that these arrangements will considerably advance the work during your absence, which, of course, has been my desire


Paul U. Kellogg [signed]