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COLLECTION Identifier: A/W378

Papers of Ellen A. Webster, 1887-1913, 1941 (inclusive), 1913 (bulk)


Scrapbook commemorating the 1913 women's suffrage procession and Woodrow Wilson inauguration created by suffragist Ellen A. Webster and her sister Emily Webster Browne.


  • 1887-1913
  • 1941
  • Majority of material found within 1913


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ellen A. Webster is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


2 folders

Collection includes a scrapbook documenting Ellen A. Webster's trip to Washington, DC, with her sister, Emily Webster Browne, and two photographs of the Cambridge Ohne Beispiel Club (O. B. Club). Postcards, photographs, programs, and tickets commemorate the suffrage parade held on the day of President Wilson's inauguration in 1913. The scrapbook also includes clippings regarding minimum wage, the inauguration, and suffrage. A letter to Emily Webster Browne from Justine Houghton Kershaw regarding Ellen A. Webster and the Ohne Beispiel Club (O. B. Club) is also found in this collection.


Ellen Amelia Webster was born on September 25, 1863, to David Moor Webster and Ellen (Sawyer) Webster in Bridgewater, New Hampshire. Ellen Amelia Webster attended the Abbot Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and the Garland Kindergarten Training School in Boston, Massachusetts. Ellen Amelia Webster operated a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was active in the suffragist movement. Ellen Amelia Webster died on January 14, 1965, in Plymouth, New Hampshire, after a fall.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 59-31

The papers of Ellen A. Webster were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ellen A. Webster in 1959.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital Surrogates of the items in this collection are available through the Adam Matthew online database Gender: Identity and Social Change (Access restricted to subscribing institutions).

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Ellen A. Webster, 1887-1922 (MC 191); Papers of Ellen A. Webster, 1915-1922, undated (A/W378a).

Processing Information

Processed: January 1978

By: Nancy M. Robertson

Updated and additional description added: July 2021

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, the Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Fund, and the Zetlin Sisters Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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