Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MC 524

Papers of Dorothy Shipley Granger, 1914-1998 (inclusive), 1937-1978 (bulk)

Papers of Dorothy Shipley Granger, suffragist, women's rights activist, radio producer, and Baltimore civic leader.

Dates

  • 1914-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1937-1978

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

TERMS OF USE

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in papers of Dorothy Shipley Granger 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.

Extent

20.52 linear feet ((48 file boxes, 1 card file box) plus 1 folio folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder, 1 audiotape, 4 objects, 14 photograph folders)

The collection contains correspondence, biographical writings, membership lists, minutes, reports, radio scripts, financial records, speeches, printed material, etc. Most materials were filed in "accordion files" with subject designations, such as "National Woman's Party" and "Women's Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra." These general files usually contain correspondence, membership lists, printed material, etc. Many of the accordion files also contained subject files in their own folder, which the archivist kept intact. Folder headings in general are those of Dorothy Granger. Folder titles appearing in square brackets were created by the archivist to designate files created out of the approximately one linear foot of material that arrived at the library unfoldered. The archivist created the arrangement of the files.

Series I, Biographical and personal (#1.1-8.4, 49CB, FD.1, Mem.1-Mem.2), contains biographical writings, clippings, correspondence, membership lists, minutes, reports, printed material, etc., relating to Granger's activities outside of her work and organizational activities. It is divided into two subseries.

Subseries A, Biographical and personal (#1.1-3.4, 49CB, FD.1, Mem.1-Mem.2), contains biographical writings and clippings detailing Granger's life. There is also correspondence, membership lists, minutes, reports, printed material, etc., relating to her involvement in Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, Md., as well as the alumni association of St. Joseph's Academy. Folders are arranged with general biographical materials first, followed by clippings, Corpus Christi materials, and St. Joseph's Academy materials.

Subseries B, Correspondence (#3.5-8.4), contains correspondence with Granger's friends and family. The correspondence in this subseries relates to material found in other series, including the Women's Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Woman's Party. Granger created several overlapping alphabetical files containing personal correspondence. As a result, there are several files for each letter of the alphabet, often covering similar date ranges, which were kept intact to reflect Granger's filing system. Granger filed correspondence alphabetically, but a large number of letters were either found loose in the boxes or in folders labeled "to be filed" and did not contain last names, so the archivist arranged these letters in rough chronological order and listed them at the beginning of the subseries. Filed with Gloria Shipley Wolfe's correspondence is a diary Wolfe, Granger's sister, kept when she was seventeen years old. The bulk of the correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Professional (#8.5-10.9), contains correspondence, financial records, reports, speeches, printed material, etc., relating to Granger's work with May Co.'s Baltimore department store, Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, and as public relations director for the Baltimore Bureau of Sanitation. Among the materials relating to her work with the Bureau of Sanitation are printed material and speeches relating to Baltimore's "Clean-up Charlie" campaign, which encouraged children to clean up litter in their neighborhoods. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series III, Radio (#10.10-18.7, T-324.1), contains correspondence, schedules, scripts, clippings, membership lists, minutes, notes, etc., relating to Granger's work as a producer and host of radio shows about civic issues and her involvement with American Women in Radio and Television. Files are arranged in two subseries.

Subseries A, General (#10.10-15.10, T-324.1), contains correspondence, schedules, scripts, clippings, notes, etc., relating to Granger's role as producer and host of civic-themed radio shows. Much of her work on "Clean City" and "A Better Baltimore" appear to have been part of her duties as public relations director for the Baltimore Bureau of Sanitation. Files are arranged with those relating directly to the radio shows first, followed by an alphabetical subject file of people and topics involved, or at least considered for use in the shows.

Subseries B, American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), 1953-1972 (#15.11-18.7), contains correspondence, membership lists, minutes, notes, by-laws, etc. The AWRT's purpose was to help women become "greater commercial assets to their stations, networks, and employers; to promote cooperation between various broadcasting fields; and to increase opportunities for women in the broadcasting field." The material in this collection focuses on the activities of the Maryland chapter, although there is some national conference material. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series IV, Feminist activities (#18.8-30.8, OD.1, SD.1, Mem.3-Mem.4), contains correspondence, minutes, by-laws, member lists, printed material, clippings, etc., relating to Granger's efforts to change the laws governing the status of women in society. Files are arranged in six subseries.

Subseries A, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) (#18.8-19.7), contains correspondence, printed materials produced by a variety of organizations, and lists. The correspondence relates to most of the organizations found in this subseries. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Subseries B, National Woman's Party, 1926-1950 (#19.8-25.11, OD.1, SD.1, Mem.3), contains correspondence, minutes, by-laws, member lists, printed materials, clippings, etc., relating to both the national and Maryland chapters of the National Woman's Party. The bulk of the materials document the period of 1945-1947, during which time Granger was part of a group of national council members who tried to change the leadership of the party. They convened a convention at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where a new slate of officers were elected. Claiming that the convention was illegal, the original leadership refused the newly elected officers access to the headquarters building. The issue of rightful leadership eventually went to court, where the ruling went in favor of the original leaders. Granger and her cohorts were forced to resign. Files are arranged with national materials first, followed by Maryland chapter materials, and those relating to the Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Council, a unit of the Maryland chapter devoted to securing complete equality for women.

Subseries C, Mayflower Club, 1947-1949, 1973-1974 (#26.12-27.2), includes correspondence, minutes, notes, financial records etc. The Mayflower Club was formed by the members of the National Woman's Party who were part of the failed leadership change. The group was dedicated to paying off the debt the women incurred in their legal battle to claim leadership of the party. While the group also had the goal of working for equality for women, the records in this collection only document their efforts to pay off their debt.

Subseries D, St. Joan's International Alliance, 1941-1948, 1960, 1989 (#27.3-27.24), includes correspondence, membership lists, constitution, financial records, etc., relating to establishment of the United States branch of the international organization dedicated to organizing Catholic women to fight for equality for women. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Subseries E, Maryland Women's Council, 1946-1965 (#28.1-29.11), includes correspondence, by-laws, member lists, financial records, etc. The Maryland Women's Council was an organization whose purpose was to establish a forum for women's organizations both political and non-partisan to discuss and act upon legislation that pertained to women.

Subseries F, Jury service (#29.12-30.8, Mem.4), contains correspondence, participant lists, clippings, etc., relating to the successful bid to pass legislation that would allow women to serve on jury duty in Maryland.

Series V, Women's Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1934-1991 (#30.9-40.13, 49CB), contains correspondence, member lists, minutes, by-laws, clippings, etc. The Woman's Association was a group that assisted in ticket sales and fundraising for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as organizing events, including opening night receptions and free concerts at a local public library. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Series VI, Other women's groups (#40.14-45.8), includes correspondence, membership lists, by-laws, printed material, clippings, etc., relating to three groups: the Business and Professional Women's Club of Baltimore, dedicated to promoting women's interest in business and advancing women in professional fields; the Friendship Association, dedicated to promoting friendship among local service groups; and the Advertising Women's Club of Baltimore, dedicated to promoting women's interest in advertising and advancing women in advertising and relating fields. Much of the material relating to these groups documents the planning involved in hosting a luncheon, dinner, or fundraiser. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series VII, Community activities (#45.9-48.17), contains correspondence, member lists, notes, printed material, financial records, etc., relating to Granger's involvement with committees dedicated to improving or showcasing Baltimore and Maryland. Also included in this series are records relating to the Maryland Committee to elect Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series VIII, Photographs (#PD.1-PD.14), contains photographs and negatives of Granger's social, feminist, and professional activities. Particularly well documented are various "Clean-up Charlie" events, the 1966 Women's Advertising Club of Baltimore's Woman of the Year award (given to Granger), and the International Broadcasters' Conference hosted by the Baltimore branch of the American Women in Radio and Television. Most of the photographs were taken by the City of Baltimore and, with the exception of a date, are unidentified. Photographs are arranged with general photographs first, followed by a listing of folders relating to specific topic, and catch-all folders of photographs removed from earlier series.

BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Shipley Granger was born in Sykesville, Maryland, on January 19, 1899. The daughter of Rosalie Digges and Samuel David Shipley, she was educated at St. Joseph's Academy (McSherrystown, Penn.), Cornell University, the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and the New York School of Interior Decoration. She married Henry Raynor Granger (d. April 14, 1977), a mechanical engineer, on June 1, 1920; they had no children. She was an interior decorator and buyer for May Co. department stores (1928-1939); an insurance underwriter for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company (1939-1944); a freelance public relations consultant (1944-1950); and public relations director for the City of Baltimore Bureau of Sanitation (1950-1969), where she instituted the first "Litterbug" campaign in Maryland and the "Clean-Up Charlie" clubs in city schools. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, she produced and moderated award-winning radio programs devoted to civic affairs.

In 1943, Granger established the American branch of the St. Joan’s Society, an organization of Catholic women interested in equal rights. She fought for the right of women to serve on juries, and was a public advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment, supporting it before it was adopted by the platform committees of both political parties. Other organizations in which she played an active role include the Maryland chapter of the National Woman’s Party, the Maryland chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, and the Women’s Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Deeply devoted to her family, Granger served as secretary, treasurer, and president of the "Shipley Clan," and was given the title Dean of the Shipleys of Maryland in 1981. An ardent genealogist, she edited the 1968 volume, The Shipleys of Maryland, which, along with Granger's other genealogical records, can be found at the Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland. Granger was in the process of compiling a supplement to the family history at the time of her death on December 13, 1998.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in eight series:
  1. Series I. Biographical and personal
  2. ___Subseries A. Biographical and personal
  3. ___Subseries B. Correspondence
  4. Series II. Professional
  5. Series III. Radio
  6. ___Subseries A. General
  7. ___Subseries B. American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT)
  8. Series IV. Feminist activities
  9. ___Subseries A. Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
  10. ___Subseries B. National Woman's Party (NWP)
  11. ___Subseries C. Mayflower Club
  12. ___Subseries D. St. Joan's Society
  13. ___Subseries E. Maryland Women's Council
  14. ___Subseries F. Jury service
  15. Series V. Women's Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  16. Series VI. Other women's organizations
  17. Series VII. Community activities
  18. Series VIII. Photographs

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 99-M115, 99-M141, 99-M156, 2000-M175, 2002-M146

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by the estate of Dorothy Shipley Granger in August and September 1999; by Jim Kenneally in October 1999; and by Audrey B. and Miles Davis in November 2000 and October 2002.

SEPARATION RECORD

Donor: Dorothy Shipley Granger estate

Accession numbers: 99-M115, 99-M141, 99-M156, 2000-M175, 2002-M146

Processed by: Johanna Carll

The following items have been removed from the collection:
  1. Ad Views for Women, published by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc., 1962-1964. Transferred to Schlesinger Library periodicals, June 2005.
  2. Adagram, published by The Women's Advertising Club of Baltimore, 1957-1972 (scattered). Transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Maryland, June 2005.
  3. The Alternative, published by the University of Maryland Young Americans for Freedom, vol.1, no.3, June 2, 1969. Transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Maryland, June 2005.
  4. Approximately 1 cubic foot of genealogical materials were transferred to the Historical Society of Carroll County, Md., June 2005
  5. British Labor and Zionism, published by the American Christian Palestine Committee, New York, ca. 1945. Transferred to Widener Library, June 2005.
  6. The Catholic Citizen, published by the St. Joan's Alliance, 1943-1970 (scattered). Transferred to Episcopal Divinity School/Weston Jesuit School of Theology, June 2005.
  7. Constitution News Service, published by the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Inc., 1967-1968. Transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Maryland, June 2005.
  8. The Democratic Digest, published by the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee, vol.XXI, nos.6 and 7, June-July 1944. Transferred to the Schlesinger Library periodicals, June 2005.
  9. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation newsletter, vol. VI, no.1, summer 1985. Transferred to Schlesinger Library periodicals, June 2005.
  10. Equal Rights, published by the National Woman's Party, 1939-1943 (scattered). Transferred to the Schlesinger Library book sale, June 2005.
  11. The Good Counsel Magazine, published at Villanova, Pa., June 1905. Transferred to Villanova University, June 2005.
  12. The Hall Light, official publication of the Classified Municipal Employees Association of Baltimore City, Inc., 1968. Transferred to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, June 2005.
  13. History of the Women's Civic League of Baltimore, 1911-1961, Baltimore, Md., 1961. Transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Maryland, June 2005.
  14. McCall, Cicely, Women's Institutes. London, 1943. Transferred to Schlesinger Library book collection, June 2005.
  15. News and Views, published by the American Women in Radio and Television Inc., 1966-1970 (scattered). Transferred to Schlesinger Library periodicals, June 2005.
  16. Overture: The Magazine of the Baltimore Symphony, 1960-1966 (scattered). Transferred to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, June 2005.
  17. The Representative, published by members of Armistead Homes Corporation, Baltimore, Md., vol.III, no.2, July 1961. Transferred to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, June 2005
  18. The Women's Civic League News, published by The Women's Civic League of Baltimore, 1969-1973 (scattered). Transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Maryland Libraries, June 2005.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2005

By: Johanna Carll
Link to catalog
Title
Granger, Dorothy Shipley, 1899-1998. Papers of Dorothy Shipley Granger, 1914-1998 (inclusive), 1937-1978 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Mary and Michael Gellert.
EAD ID
sch00357

Repository Details

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.

Contact:
3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-8647