Mildred P. Reid Mounger papers
The papers of Mildred P. Reid Mounger are those of a Kansas native who, through the Capital Household Technicians and Topeka Household Technicians both of which she began, worked to better conditions for household workers.
- Reid, Mildred P., 1916- (Person)
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Biography of Mildred P. Reid Mounger
Mildred Bernice Peoples was born July 9, 1916 near Montezuma, Kansas to Verdinand D. and Cordella (Jackson) Peoples. She attended school in Montezuma and Garden City, Kan. and Sacramento, California. She took classes at Sacramento Junior College and graduate from the Security Training Institute of San Diego, Calif. in 1971. Mrs. Mounger lived and worked in California from 1947 to 1958, when she and her husband moved to Okinawa where he was stationed. She returned to California in 1961 and moved to Topeka, Kan. in 1971.
Mrs. Mounger held a variety of positions including that of housekeeper. While in Sacramento, she began the Capital Household Technicians and, following her return to Topeka, she began the Topeka Household Technicians (THT) in 1975; both organizations were affiliates of the National Committee on Household Employment (NCHE). In 1976, THT was incorporated as a non-profit organization. THT held various goals including improving the economic and social status of household technicians and establishing training for those workers. In 1981 the membership voted to change THT's structure; THT became the Information Center for Household Employers-Employees, a placement and referral organization. The organization dissolved in 1987.
Besides her work for household technicians, Mrs. Mounger was also highly active in various organizations. She was a member of the Democratic Central Committee in Topeka, was elected a Democratic Precinct Committeewoman, and an alternate to the 2nd District Democratic Committee in Shawnee County. Mrs. Mounger was also a member of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women from 1976-78, the YWCA, the NAACP, the Kansas State Client Council, the East Topeka Community Development Organization, and was a member of Brown Chapel A.M.E.
Mildred Peoples married Henry Gordon Reid; she later married Harold Finley Mounger. She had one son, Robert LeRoy Mounger, and one stepson, Harold F. Mounger, Jr. Mildred P. Reid Mounger died June 7, 1999.
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Scope and Contents
The Mildred P. Reid Mounger papers date from 1904-1988 and are arranged in two series, Household Technicians and Personal. Household Technicians consists chiefly of correspondence, publications, speeches, and clippings. Personal Papers consists mainly of education records, correspondence, organization information, and publications. Folder arrangement within each series is alphabetical by subject.
Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 458. Images for which copy negatives are available are so noted within the collection description. Oversize materials are located at RH MS Q84.
The Mildred P. Reid Mounger Papers date from 1904 to 1988 and are arranged in two series: Household Technicians and Personal Papers.
RH MS 458
RH MS-P 458
RH MS Q84
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Mildred P. Reid Mounger, 1987.
- African American women -- Economic conditions
- African American women -- Employment
- African American women -- Political activity
- African American women -- Social conditions
- African American women -- Societies and clubs
- Capital Household Technicians, Inc. (Sacramento, Calif.)
- Jackson family.
- Kansas -- Genealogy
- National Committee on Household Employment
- Peoples family.
- Reid, Mildred P., 1916-
- Security Training Institute (San Diego, Calif.)
- Topeka Household Technicians, Inc. (Topeka, Kan.)
- Women -- Economic conditions
- Women household employees -- United States
- Guide to the Mildred P. Reid Mounger Collection
- Mildred P. Reid Mounger papers, 1904-1988
- Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010
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- Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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- Preferred citation
Mildred P. Reid Mounger Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 458, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries