University of Texas Arlington

Anna C. Leahy Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leahy, Anna C., 1888-1977.
Title: Anna C. Leahy Papers
Dates: 1953-1977
Abstract: The Anna Leahy Papers reflect Ms. Leahy's interest in the needs of the elderly which began during the Great Depression. Her humanitarian efforts led to the first National Senior Citizens Month in 1963, stemming from her role as director of Senior Citizens of American from 1957-1967.
Identification: AR214
Extent: 6 boxes (1.58 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

Anna C. Leahy, a forty year teaching veteran of the Fort Worth public schools, was primarily responsible for the first nationwide observance of May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963. She was also a director of Senior Citizens of America in Washington, D.C., from 1957-1967. Miss Leahy's interest in the problems of the elderly was stimulated in the 1930s during the Great Depression when she saw aged men sleeping on the Tarrant County Courthouse steps. She helped them get shelter and jobs. From that time on, Miss Leahy devoted her life to humanitarian pursuits, especially the plight of the aged in America.

Scope and Contents

Papers include correspondence, newsletters, news releases, certificates, newspaper clippings, proclamations, photographs, interview, proceedings, articles, posters, programs, and plaques. There are newspaper clippings about Leahy (1960-1977), a large variety of national and international newsletters by and about senior citizens, Senior Citizens Month proclamations (1963-1972), reports by Leahy on Senior Citizens Month (1960-1962), and letters from and a scrapbook about Marjorie Borchardt, founder and long-time president of International Senior Citizens Association, Inc.


Materials are arranged alphabetically across 6 boxes by publication title or document type.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Leahy, Anna C., 1888-1977--Archives.
Borchardt, Marjorie, 1898---Archives.
Senior Citizens of America--Records and correspondence.
International Senior Citizens Association--History--Sources.
Older people--United States--Societies and clubs--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Related Material

AR76: Anna C. Leahy Papers (1954-1982)

Anna C. Leahy Interview, OH 46.

Administrative Information


Anna C. Leahy Papers, AR214, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift, 1977-1978.

Processing Information

This collection was unorganized when received. Most of the material was loose. Folders either had no title or contents did not match folder titles. The collection was arranged by subject and document-type with contents of folders arranged in chronological order. Oversize newspapers, newsletters and display materials were placed at the end of the collection. The plaques, mounted on a bulletin board, are stored on the oversize shelf. Contents of the Majorie Borchardt scrapbook were removed from the binder and were placed in a folder.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Box Folder
1 1 "Adding Life To Years" 1958-1966.
Bulletin of the Institute of Gerontology, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Box Folder
1 2 "Adding Life To Years" 1967-1971.
Bulletin of the Institute of Gerontology, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Box Folder
1 3 Aging 1963, 1967, 1969.
Newsletter published by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Box Folder
OS50 1 American Association of Retired Persons News Bulletin 1969-1972.

Box Folder
1 4 Association News 1960-1963.
Newsletter of the Senior Citizens Association of Los Angeles County, Inc.

Box Folder
1 5 Marjorie Borchardt, President of the International Senior Citizens Association Inc. 1967-1975, undated.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificate.

Box Folder
1 6 Marjorie Borchardt, President of the International Senior Citizens Association Inc. 1972, undated.
Disassembled scrapbook.

Box Folder
OS50 5 The California Senior Citizen News 1962-1974.

Box Folder
1 7 The Cameo Newsletter 1965-1970.
Newsletter of the New York State Office for the Aging.

Box Folder
1 8 International Senior Citizen News, Older People Around the World, Official Quarterly Periodical of the International Senior Citizens Association, Inc. 1968-1974.

Box Folder
1 9 Miscellaneous 1958-1974, undated.
News Release, Congressional Record, packet, newsletter, radiospots, form letter, fact sheet, survey, Senate Bill 12, flyer, list of names, typescript, handouts.

Box Folder
OS50 2 National Retired Teachers Association News Bulletin, Washington, D. C. 1969-1974.
News bulletins and convention bulletin.

Box Folder
1 10 Newsletters, Miscellaneous 1962-1973.
Louisiana Commission on the Aging, Texas Society on Aging, "The Wright Slant on Washington, Special Committee on Aging (United States Senate).

Box Folder
1 11 Newspaper Clippings 1953-1963.

Box Folder
1 12 Newspaper Clippings 1964-1974.

Box Folder
1 13 Newspaper Clippings 1975-1977, 1982, undated.

Box Folder
2 1 Newspaper Clippings 1960-1977, undated.
Anna C. Leahy.

Box Folder
2 2 The Peabody Reflector, published by George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee Fall, 1971.

Box Folder
2 3 Photographs 1963-1972, n.d.
Anna C. Leahy, President John F. Kennedy (photocopy) negative of M. M. McKnight with proclamation, miscellaneous unidentified, Negative of Anna C. Leahy in front of the Capitol Building.

Box Folder
OS50 4 Posters - Senior Citizens Month May, 1966.
(Two posters)

Box Folder
2 4 Proceedings May, 7, 1965,
Fourth Annual Governor's Conference on Aging, Americana Hotel, Sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

Box Folder
2 5 Proclamations 1963-1972.
Copies of proclamations from Presidents, Governors and Mayors.

Box Folder
2 6 Programs 1963-1973.
Women's Civic Club Council, Fort Worth, Texas, Rally For Medicare, Grandma Moses Commemorative Stamp Ceremony, miscellaneous.

Box Folder
2 7 Reports 1962-1968, undated.
Miscellaneous reports and typescripts, including "Report on Nationwide Senior Citizens Month" by Anna Leahy.

Box Folder
2 8 Senior Citizens of America, Washington, D. C. 1960-1971.
Correspondence, newsletters, reports, reprint, magazine, note card.

Box Folder
OS50 3 Senior Citizens News 1963-1974.
Newsletters, Washington, D.C.

Box Folder
2 9 Texas Counselor, Governor's Committee on Aging March - April, 1972, May - June, 1972.

Box Folder
2 10 Transcripts undated.
Interviews with Anna C. Leahy by Lynn Swann Davis, Director of News and Information Service at U.T.A.

Box Folder
2 11 York State 1967-1969.
Newsletters, published by New York State Retired Teachers Association, Inc., Albany, New York.

Box Folder
3 1 Display Materials
Handouts for Senior Citizens Month Display, miscellaneous.

Box Folder
4 1 Display Materials
Handouts for Senior Citizens Month Display.

OS51 Two Mounted Plaques
"To Miss Anna Leahy, Our Dedicated Friend, From the Former Teachers of Northside Senior High School, May, 1972."
Plaque 1972.
"Outstanding Senior Citizen Award, Anna Leahy" "Woman's Civic Club Council."