Mary Earhart Dillon collection, 1863-1955
Language of Materials
11.83 linear feet ((11 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 7 folio folders, 8 folio+ folders, 11 oversize folders, 2 supersize folders)
Series XI consists of copies of documents from the Woman's Rights Collection, made for Mary Earhart Dillon by Edna Stantial; these have been included in the microfilm edition as a convenience to researchers. Series XIII consists of clippings, cartoons, and other memorabilia.
There were clippings in most series, and most were discarded after microfilming.
Each series of Mary Earhart Dillon is available as a separate electronic finding aid. See the Series List for each link.
When the time came, she was told that the library had no space for the collection, nor funds to process it and make it available to other researchers, and she was asked to remove it as soon as possible from the basement of the building in which her office had been. Dillon later recalled that she then offered the collection to the Newberry Library (Chicago), The New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress, and possibly also to Syracuse University, but was unable to find a taker until, in June 1948, she wrote to the Women's Archives (later the Schlesinger Library) at Radcliffe College, and received a positive and enthusiastic response. When the papers arrived at Radcliffe in August 1952, the staff immediately recognized them as at least the equal in quality and importance of the Woman's Rights Collection, which had formed the nucleus of the Women's Archives.
Dillon, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern in June 1948, that September joined the Department of Government at Queen's College in New York. She later published a biography of Wendell Willkie, and was for many years a National Consultant for the Schlesinger Library. At the time this collection was microfilmed, she was living in retirement in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Series I. Carrie Chapman Catt. #1-12
- Series II. Elizabeth Morrison (Boynton) Harbert. 13-29o
- Series III. Grace H. Harte. 30f-42o
- Series IV. Helen (Maley) Hefferan. 43-46
- Series V. Carrie (Ashton) Johnson. 47-53
- Series VI. Catharine Gouger (Waugh) McCulloch. 54-335
- Series VII. Harriet Reid. 336-340
- Series VIII. Caroline I. Reilly. 341-343
- Series IX. Lelia Josephine Robinson. 344-349
- Series X. Anna Howard Shaw. 350-560
- Series XI. Edna Lamprey Stantial. 561-591
- Series XII. Ella Jane (Seass) Stewart. 592-619
- Series XIII. Suffrage miscellany. 620-632f
Immediate Source of Acquisition
By: Kim Brookes, Bert Hartry, Katherine Kraft, Jane Ward
- Dillon, Mary Earhart, collector. Mary Earhart Dillon collection, 1863-1955: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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