Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
3 linear feet (3 cartons)
Ellen Ledlie (Bowman) Vail, 1828-1894, was the daughter of Samuel Bowman, assistant bishop of Pennsylvania, and of Susan (Sitgreaves); she was graduated from St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, in 1844. Ellen (Bowman) Vail served as Matron of the College of the Sisters of Bethany. The Vails had two children, Samuel Bowman Vail, 1868-1878, and Ellen Sitgreaves (Vail) Motter, 1870-1952. Ellen (Bowman) Vail became blind in 1879 at the age of fifty-one.
Ellen Sitgreaves (Vail) Motter, the daughter of Thomas Hubbard Vail and Ellen (Bowman) Vail, was graduated as valedictorian from Bethany College in 1890. She did graduate work at Radcliffe, 1894-1895, studied music at the Boston Conservatory, and traveled abroad before her marriage in 1897. She and her husband, Murrary Galt Motter, 1867-1926, physician and Chief Librarian of the United States Public Health Service, had three children: Thomas Hubbard Vail Motter, 1901-1970, James Taylor Motter, 1904-1948, and Margaret (Motter) Miller, 1898-1979. Ellen Sitgreaves (Vail) Motter was active in church and civic work, a founder of the National Library for the Blind (now part of the Library of Congress), and a member of the Board of Lady Managers of the Washington Ear, Eye, and Throat Hospital. A volume of her collected poems, From My Heart was published in 1949.
- Series I. Thomas Hubbard and Ellen Ledlie (Bowman) Vail
- Series II. Ellen Sitgreaves (Vail) Motter
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in March and April 1969 by Thomas Hubbard Vail Motter and Margaret Motter Miller, children of Ellen Sitgreaves Vail Motter.
- Carton 1: Folders 1-30
- Carton 2: Folders 31-75
- Carton 3: Folders 76-100
Date: January 1982
- Vail family. Papers of the Vail-Motter family, 1867-1969: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository
The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future.
3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA