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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B632a1d

Letters of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1888-1913, undated

Overview

Letters of feminist, suffragist, journalist, and human rights advocate Alice Stone Blackwell.

Dates

  • 1888-1913
  • Undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Stone Blackwell as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

2 folders
Collection includes letters from Blackwell to political activist Isaac Hourwich and author George Kennan. Topics include Russian politics, revolution in Russia, Blackwell's translations of Russian poetry, the Friends of Russian Freedom, donations to the Russian War Prisoner's Educational Fund, experiences of Jewish girls attending university in Russia, the plight of Russian Jews, potential bias of the Associated Press, Catherine Breshkovsky, and Hourwich's return to Russia. This collection also includes samples of Blackwell's translated poetry, letters to the editor sent by Blackwell and Hourwich, and articles by George Kennan.

This collection contains a mix of original documents and photocopies; folder #2 is almost entirely photocopies of material from the Library of Congress.

BIOGRAPHY

Alice Stone Blackwell was born on September 14, 1857, to Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell in Orange, New Jersey. The Blackwell family moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1870, and Alice Stone Blackwell attended schools in the Boston area. Blackwell graduated from Boston University in 1881; she was one of two women in her graduating class. After graduation, Blackwell joined her parents at The Woman's Journal, the women's rights newspaper they had founded and edited. Blackwell served as secretary for the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1890 to 1918. She also served as president of the New England and Massachusetts Woman Suffrage associations and honorary president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters.

Alice Stone Blackwell supported numerous humanitarian causes. She was affiliated with Friends of Russian Freedom, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and the NAACP, among other organizations. Blackwell also translated the works of Mexican, Armenian, Russian, Yiddish, and Hungarian poets into English. Alice Stone Blackwell died on March 15, 1950, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1645

These letters of Alice Stone Blackwell were given to the Schlesinger Library by Rebecca Hourwich Reyher in 1969.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1885-1950 (WRC 17-21); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1909-1945, undated (A/B632a1a); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1909-1945, undated (A/B632a1b); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1940, undated (A/B632a1c); Letter of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1921, undated (A/B632a1e); Letter of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1893, undated (A/B632a1f); Letters of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1905 (A/B632a1g); Alice Stone Blackwell Letters, 1921-1950 (MC 1026); Papers of the Blackwell family, 1784-1944 (A-77); Blackwell family Papers, 1835-1963 (A-145), Blackwell family Papers, 1832-1981 (MC 411), Blackwell family Additional papers, 1851-1972 (MC 715).

There is related material about Alice Stone Blackwell at the Library of Congress; see the Blackwell family papers, 1759-1960 ( MSS12880).

Processing Information

Updated with additional description: September 2020

By: Cat Lea Holbrook.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
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Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Zetlin Sisters Fund and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.
EAD ID
sch01847

Repository Details

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