Thomas Ignatius Parkinson to Frances Alice Kellor, December 5, 1913



December 5th, 1913

Miss Frances A. Kellor
Progressive Service
42nd Street Building
New York City

Dear Miss Keller:

Mr. Paul Kellogg, in conversation with me today, suggested that in the absence of Dr. Lindsay, due to his illness, I write you briefly stating the status of the work which Dr. Lindsay undertook for the Social and Industrial Justice Department of the Progressive Service with our [cooperation].

The work which was undertaken as described in Dr. Lindsay's letter to Mr. Kellogg of July 17th was as follows:

"1 An accurate interpretation of the existing materials on the subject of workmen's compensation and formulation of policies to be incorporated in model workmen's compensation acts both for

(a) interstate and foreign commerce

(b) state regulation of intrastate employers

2 An accurate statement of the present methods of organizing and administering state labor departments, with an interpretation of the relative advantages and disadvantages of the most important legislative and administrative methods of dealing with the prevention of industrial accidents and industrial diseases; also the formulation of standards for the efficient enforcement of laws providing for the health and safety of employees

3 A survey of the present status and possibilities in this country of social insurance dealing with the subjects of sickness, old age and unemployment"

The report of detailed standards for workmen's compensation legislation was turned over to you shortly before your recent trip to the West. A further report explaining and annotating those standards is in the course of preparation and will be forwarded to you.

The report on Social Insurance had been completed just before Dr. Lindsay went to the hospital. Owing to his illness and your absence it has not been submitted to the persons who attended the conferences during the summer and whose vise of the report in its final form is desired before it is turned over. At Mr. Kellogg's suggestion, we shall submit the report directly to Prof. Seager, Dr. Rubinow and a few others of those who attended the conferences, and after incorporating their suggestions will forward it directly to you.

The report on organization and administration of state labor departments is in tentative form. The preparation of this particular report was in Dr. Lindsay's hands, and his illness, before its final completion, seriously interrupted its progress. We hope to have the report finished before January 1st, but we feel that in view of the fact that the preparation of this report was originally entrusted to Dr. Lindsay, he should have an opportunity to go over it before its submission.

Very truly yours,

(Signed) Thomas I. Parkinson