Frances Perkins: The Woman Behind the New Deal

Al Smith > With Governor Smith

Al Smith

Photograph with NBC microphone

New York, no date

Frances Perkins Papers, Box 137

Perkins gathered these and other photographs of Al Smith for her unpublished biography. Some of them were used by Matthew and Hannah Josephson in their 1969 biography of Smith.

Gift of Susanna Perkins Coggeshall, 1971


Frances Perkins

[On Her Appointment to the Industrial Commission]

Typescript, carbon, 1919?

Frances Perkins Papers, Box 66

In this text, most probably written for a speech following her appointment by Governor Smith, Perkins shows her understanding of the job at hand: “As I understand the aim of the Commission, it is to make New York the best industrial State in the country, as well as the greatest industrial State in the country, and to the fulfillment of this aim I am willing to devote all my time and all my skill.”

Gift of Frances Perkins

Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Addresses of Alfred E. Smith, Delivered at the Meetings …1922-1944

New York: The Society, 1945

Frances Perkins Papers, Box 161

This volume contains not only addresses delivered by Al Smith, but also transcripts of the memorial addresses delivered after his death on October 4, 1944.

Gift of Susanna Perkins Coggeshall, 1970



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