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Creator: Haas, Flora.
Title: Flora Haas papers
Dates:1964-1995
Call Number:M132
Location:59/4
Volume:1.15 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The Flora Haas Papers document her advocacy for the rights of prisoners and activism opposing the death penalty. Haas's involvement in the Civil Rights movement and the "Operation Good Neighbor" project in Arlington, MA are also documented. The collection consists mainly of correspondence to Flora Haas by readers of her articles, the Spenkerlink family, and co-workers fighting for the rights of prisoners. The collection also includes newspaper clippings concerning criminal justice and the rights of prisoners. Many of Haas's article drafts with her annotations are in the collection. Topics in these articles include Bridgewater Hospital, Massachusetts Correctional Institution of Framingham, the Leonard Kille case, the Sacco and Vanzetti, the Willie Sanders case, the John Spenkerlink case, and Walpole Prison. Also included is information Haas collected about the prison administration in Massachusetts and the John Yancey case; photographs that document the Spenkerlink family, Leonard Kille case; and heavily annotated reports from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the rights of prisoners.
Historical Note:Flora Haas was a local activist who advocated for the rights of prisoners and worked against the death penalty. She wrote numerous articles regarding the death penalty, human experimentation in prisons, and prison daycare for newspapers such as The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Black Weekly, The Arlington Advocate, Sister Courage, and State and Mind. Haas was the editor and creator of The Outlook, which focused on criminal justice opinions in the commonwealth. The Outlook focused on issues concerning the treatment of prisoners. Haas also had regular correspondence with death row inmate John Spenkerlink and his family, and used their experience to write about the death penalty and the affects it had on the family. Haas also wrote articles on and kept a record of the Willie Sanders case. In addition to her activism for prisoners' rights, Haas served as the publicity chairman for the Civil Rights program "Operation Good Neighbor" which was involved in fair housing and fair employment in Arlington, MA.
Arrangement:Alphabetical
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Haas, Flora


  • Capital punishment -- United States
  • Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Children of women prisoners--services for--United States
  • Death row inmates -- Family relationships -- United States
  • Death row inmates -- United States -- Correspondence
  • Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Bridgewater
  • MCI-Framingham (Correctional facility)
  • Mentally ill prisoners -- Massachusetts
  • Prison administration -- Florida -- History
  • Prisoners -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts
  • Prisoners -- Education -- United States
  • Prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
  • Reformatories for women -- Massachusetts
  • Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
  • Women prisoners -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:Collection is unrestricted.
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Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Vernali, May 1, 2007