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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 519

Papers of Eva Eno, 1912-1938


Papers of Eva Eno, suffragist, lawyer, and social reformer.


  • Creation: 1912-1938

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eva Eno 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.


2.09 linear feet ((5 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 photograph folder)

The collection includes correspondence, clippings, minutes, flyers, pamphlets, programs, and other printed material. Most of the materials document Eno's involvement with various groups, most notably the Woman's Press Club of New York City, a professional organization for women journalists, authors, and "those engaged in similar pursuits." Also documented is Eno's support of school reform through the implementation of the Gary Plan, a system in which students attended school all day and moved throughout the school building to various academic and vocational classes. Other papers document Eno's involvement in the Progressive Party, and her attempt to be a representative of the party at the Constitutional Convention. Folders providing a general overview of Eno's activities are followed by an alphabetical arrangement of those documenting specific involvements and interests. Folder titles were created by Eva Eno; information added by the archivist appears in brackets.


Eva Eno was born in 1878 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The daughter of Jonathan S. and Katherine (Applegate) Walling, she was raised in Colorado, where she was educated at Wolfe Hall. In 1897, she married Alfred Joseph Eno. Their only child, Ralph Bovingdon Eno, died June 10, 1908, at the age of eight. She was a member of the 1912 women's law class at New York University. Eno was chairman of the Woman Suffrage Party of Queens Borough (1912-1914); chairman of women workers, Queens Borough, National Progressive Party; member and corresponding secretary of the Woman's Press Club of New York City; member of the Portia Club of the City of New York; member and officer of the Woman Citizens' League of New York State; publisher of The Queensboro Equality, a broadsheet advocating women's suffrage; and organizer of eighteen women's clubs in the Borough of Queens. In addition, she was a consumer advocate and worked for the reform of schools and prisons. After the stock market crash in 1929, the Enos' fortunes declined; Eva Eno later ran a school and an employment agency on Long Island. She died in 1961.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 96-M94

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Helen Rattray in July 1996.


Donor: Helen Rattray

Accession number: 96-M94

Processed by: Johanna Carll

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Star-bulletin: incorporating the Star of hope and the Mutual Welfare League bulletin. Ossining, N.Y.: [The Mutual Welfare League], vol. 19, no. 3, 1917. Transferred to Widener Library, March 2005.
  2. The Fusion Flashlight. New York, vol. 1, no.4, October 25, 1917. Poster "Our fighting mayor, John Purroy Mitchel, keep him on the job!" Transferred to Houghton Library, March 2005.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2005

By: Johanna Carll

Eno, Eva, 1878-1961. Papers of Eva Eno, 1912-1938: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Mary and Michael Gellert.

Repository Details

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