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COLLECTION Identifier: A-9

Papers of Mary Ritter Beard, 1935-1958

Correspondence, articles, etc., of Mary Ritter Beard, historian, feminist, and author.

Dates

  • 1935-1958

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Ritter Beard 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

.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

This collection consists largely of correspondence regarding the attempt to establish the World Center for Women's Archives. Letters to and from Mary Ritter Beard and others (see index) concern endorsements by organizations and individuals, financial support, donations of papers, projects for the archives, and research inquiries. Also included are letters to Beard by Mary Milbank Brown re: matriarchy, 1948-1951, and typescripts by Beard, n.d.; articles and speeches by Beard and others; newsletters from interested organizations; and clippings about accomplishments of women.

It is not known whether folder headings are those of the donor. Information added by the processors is in square brackets.

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Ritter Beard, feminist and historian, was born on August 5, 1876, the daughter of Narcissa (Lockwood) and Eli Foster Ritter. She met fellow historian Charles Austin Beard while attending DePauw University; they were married in 1900.

Beard was concerned with recovering the role of women in history. In the 1930s and early 1940s, she sought to establish a World Center for Women's Archives, but the project failed due to a lack of financial support. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women: the Modern Period (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 51-41, 88-M52

The papers of Mary Ritter Beard were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mary Ritter Beard in 1951, and by her grandson, Detlev Vagts, in 1988.

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: 1-18
  2. Box 2: 19-33
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Recipients of Letters from Mary Beard
  1. Adams, Randolph 9
  2. Andrews, Alice E. 19
  3. Andrews, Fannie Fern (Phillips) 19
  4. Bernheim, Mary M. 19
  5. Bethune, Mary (McLeod) 17
  6. Blegen, Theodore C. 13
  7. Borden, Elizabeth 13
  8. Bryan, Mary de Garmo 19
  9. Catt, Carrie (Lane) Chapman 10, 26
  10. Conant, James B. 30
  11. Cooper, Mrs. ? 17
  12. Cronkite, Bernice Veazy (Brown) 30
  13. Cushman, Nancy (Cox) McCormack 19
  14. Deloria, Ella 19
  15. Drake, Dorothy M. 9
  16. Duane, Arden H. 17
  17. Fages, Isabel Lopez 19
  18. Fisher, Mrs. Clyde see Te Ata
  19. Ford, Guy Stanton 13
  20. Frysinger, Grace Elizabeth 19
  21. Gay, Jan 19
  22. Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson 28
  23. Goldmark, Pauline Dorothea 19
  24. Gridley, Marion 19
  25. Griggs, Lillian B. 9, 15
  26. Hansl, Eva Elise vom Baur 19, 30
  27. Hinckley, Georgiana Ames 16, 30
  28. Johnson, Julia M. 30
  29. Jones, Gwladys Webster 20
  30. Jordan, Wilbur Kitchener 2, 13, 30
  31. Knight, Mabel F. 19
  32. Leger, Eva M. 20
  33. Lynch, Clara 19
  34. Marble, Sarah A. 19
  35. Melin, Jeanne 12
  36. Mitchell, Juanita Jackson 17
  37. Moore, Martha 28
  38. Owens, Helen (Brewster) 24
  39. Petrides, Frederique 19
  40. Porter, Dorothy B. 17
  41. Richards, Elizabeth 30
  42. Sabin, Florence Rena 24
  43. St. Clair, Sadie Daniel 17
  44. St. Wittlin, Alma 19
  45. Sauer, Mary Elmore 24
  46. Saunders, Mira C. 19
  47. Shryock, Richard H. 15
  48. Sprague, Marjorie 30
  49. Stonestreet, Henrietta 19
  50. Stroh, M. Margaret 19
  51. Tantaquidgeon, Gladys 19
  52. Te Ata 19
  53. Thurman, Sue (Bailey) 17
  54. White, Marjorie 19
  55. Yellis, Elise M. 16
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Writers of Letters to Mary Beard
  1. Abbott, Grace 18
  2. Adams, Randolph 9
  3. Allen, Florence Ellinwood 18, 28
  4. Allen, Mary M. 20
  5. Anderson, Mary 18
  6. Andrews, Alice E. 19
  7. Andrews, Fannie Fern (Phillips) 19
  8. Atherton, Gertrude 10
  9. Atwater, Helen W. 18
  10. Baker, Florence Murphy 16
  11. Banister, Marion 18
  12. Barber, Lucy H. 18
  13. Batchelder, Grace E. 10
  14. Bernheim, Mary M. 19
  15. Bethune, Mary (McLeod) 17
  16. Blackwell, Alice Stone 10
  17. Blair, Emily (Newell) 18
  18. Blatch, Harriot Eaton (Stanton) 9
  19. Blegen, Theodore C. 13
  20. Blodgett, George W. 14
  21. Bogue, Anna 30
  22. Borden, Elizabeth 19
  23. Breckinridge, Sophonisba (Preston) 18
  24. Brinton, Ellen Starr 10
  25. Brown, Mary Louise 18
  26. Brown, Mary Milbank 31-32
  27. Bruere, Martha (Bensley) 29
  28. Brunauer, Esther Caukin 15
  29. Buck, Pearl Comfort (Sydensticker) 18, 27
  30. Cassmore, Melvin 18
  31. Catt, Carrie (Lane) Chapman 10, 26
  32. Chapman, Mrs. John W. 30
  33. Coen, Helen M. 15
  34. Collins, Mary Love 18
  35. Cotton, Elizabeth 9, 18, 30
  36. Cushman, Nancy (Cox) McCormack 19, 30
  37. Davis, Pauline Sabin 18
  38. Day, Elizabeth 28
  39. DeForest, Charlotte B. 18
  40. Deutsch, Babette 18
  41. Doerschuk, Beatrice 30
  42. Drake, Dorothy M. 9
  43. Duane, Arden H. 17
  44. Edinger, Dora 19
  45. Evans, Alice 30
  46. Fages, Isabel Lopez 19
  47. Fisher, Dorothy (Canfield) 18
  48. Ford, Guy Stanton 13
  49. Forman, Caroline L. 18
  50. Foster, Grace R. 28
  51. Frank, Florence Kiper 19
  52. Frysinger, Grace Elizabeth 19
  53. Gay, Jan 19
  54. Ghilkee, Margaret 18
  55. Gilbert, Amy 9
  56. Gilbert, Katherine 15
  57. Gilbreth, Lillian Evelyn (Moller) 18
  58. Gilman, Elisabeth 18
  59. Girts, Maxine 18
  60. Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson 28
  61. Goldmark, Pauline Dorothea 18
  62. Goodsell, Willystein 18
  63. Goodykoontz, Bess 18
  64. Greeley, Louise Troxell 18
  65. Greenbie, Marjorie 30
  66. Gridley, Marion 18
  67. Griggs, Lillian B. 15
  68. Grove, Elsa Butler 19
  69. Hamilton, Alice 10, 18
  70. Hatcher, O. Latham 18
  71. Hazzard, Florence (Woolsey) 10
  72. Heath, Kathryn Gladys 18
  73. Henelem, Charlotte W. 18
  74. Hinckley, Georgiana Ames 30
  75. Hoffman, Helen Duey 18
  76. Hogan, William R. 9
  77. Hogue, Caroline 18
  78. Holden, Miriam (Young) 19
  79. Houdlette, Harriet Ahlers 18
  80. Hurst, Fannie 18, 27
  81. Internationaal Archief voor de Vrouwenbeweging 12
  82. Jarrell, Daisy Haston 18
  83. Jones, Gwladys Webster 16, 18, 19, 20
  84. Jordan, Wilbur Kitchener 19
  85. Kamaladevi 19
  86. Kaplan, Judith 15
  87. Keller, May L. 18
  88. Kent, Elizabeth 18
  89. Kibbee, Margaret 28
  90. Kingsbury, Susan M. 18
  91. Kitchelt, Florence Ledyard (Cross) 30
  92. Kneubuhl, Emily 18
  93. Knight, Mabel F. 19
  94. Lansburgh, Hortenese 18
  95. Leeper, Mary E. 19
  96. Leger, Eva M. 20
  97. Lindeman, Eduard C. 30
  98. Loewenthal, ? 18
  99. Lutrell, Estelle 18
  100. MacCracken, Henry Noble 18
  101. Marble, Sarah A. 19
  102. Marshall, Helen E. 11
  103. Martin, Anne 18
  104. Meyer, Annie (Nathan) 30
  105. Milam, Ava B. 18
  106. Miller, Alice (Duer) 27
  107. Miller, Izetta Jewel (Kenney) Brown 18
  108. Mitchell, Juanita Jackson 17
  109. Morgan, Edna E. 20
  110. Moser, Mrs. Thomas C. 19
  111. Naumberg, Elsie 19
  112. Nichols, Jeanette P. 28
  113. O'Day, Caroline (Goodwin) 18
  114. Owens, Helen (Brewster) 24
  115. Peters, Iva L. 18
  116. Petrides, Frederique 19
  117. Porter, Dorothy B. 17
  118. Post, Alice (Thatcher) 18
  119. Quisenberry, Harriette 18
  120. Rait, Effie I. 24
  121. Reid, Helen Rogers 27
  122. Rembaugh, Bertha 18
  123. Richard, Esther L. 18
  124. Richards, Elizabeth G. 30
  125. Rider, Fremont 9
  126. Roberts, Margaret 18
  127. Robertson, Anne 18
  128. Robinson, Edith 18
  129. Rockwell, Ethel 15
  130. Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor (Roosevelt) 10
  131. Ross, Nellie Tayloe 18, 27
  132. Rublee, Juliet (Barrett) 27
  133. Sabin, Florence Rena 10, 18, 24
  134. St. Clair, Sadie 17
  135. St. Wittlin, Alma 18, 19
  136. Saunders, Mira C. 16, 18
  137. Schwimmer, Rosika 16
  138. Scudder, Vida Dutton 18
  139. Sherman, Caroline 18
  140. Sherwin, Belle 10, 18
  141. Shouse, Martha 24
  142. Shryock, Rheba 18
  143. Shryock, Richard 15
  144. Slowe, Lucy 17
  145. Smith, Dorothy 18
  146. Soffel, Sara M. 28
  147. Southall, Maycie 19
  148. Stamp, Adele 18
  149. Stephens, Ruth Pierpont 22
  150. Stevens, Doris 18
  151. Stimson, Dorothy 18
  152. Stoemer, Grace S. 18
  153. Stone, Margaret F. 18
  154. Stowe, Lyman Beecher 18
  155. Strack, Celeste 15
  156. Stroh, M. Margaret 19
  157. Strong, Esther Boorman 22
  158. Sumwalt, Florence E. 18
  159. Swormstedt, Marie 18
  160. Tantaquidgeon, Gladys 19
  161. Tarbell, Ida Minerva 18
  162. Taylor-Jones, Louise 18
  163. Te Ata 19
  164. Thorington, Elizabeth Jane 18
  165. Thornton, Renee 15
  166. Thurman, Sue (Bailey) 17
  167. Tinnin, Glenna S. 10
  168. Vogel, Hildegard 18
  169. Wells, Marguerite Milton 18
  170. Wilkins, Mrs. Frank G. 18
  171. Williams, Charl Ormond 18
  172. Wise, Winifred E. 16
  173. Wold, Emma 18
  174. Wood, James M. 18
  175. Woodhouse, Chase (Going) 9, 18
  176. Woodward, Ellen (Sullivan) 18
  177. Woolley, Mary Emma 14
  178. Work, Monroe 17
  179. Wunderlich, Frieda 19
  180. Yellis, Elsie M. 20
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Writers of Letters to Others (not Mary Beard)
  1. Abbott, Edith 30
  2. Anderson, Evelyn 24
  3. Andrews, Fannie Fern (Phillips) 18
  4. Baker, Elizabeth 28
  5. Baylis, J. S. 18
  6. Bethune, Mary (McLeod) 17
  7. Bierstadt, Catherine 28
  8. Blair, Dorothy E. 28
  9. Bliss, Leslie Edgar 16
  10. Borg, Mrs. Sidney 27
  11. Bourg, C. J. 30
  12. Breckinridge, Sophonisba (Preston) 28
  13. Brunauer, Esther Caukin 12
  14. Bryan, Mary de Garma 19
  15. Buck, Pearl Comfort (Sydenstricker) 27
  16. Burrell, Mary H. 18
  17. Carney, Mabel 19
  18. Catt, Carrie (Lane) Chapman 10, 18
  19. Cavanaugh, Eleanor 28
  20. Collins, Mary Love 18
  21. Cronkhite, Bernice Veazy (Brown) 30
  22. Decker, Lillian 18
  23. Demarest, James V. 18
  24. de Mille, Cecil B. 18
  25. Dick, Bertha 20
  26. Dreier, Mary Elisabeth 30
  27. Elliot, Edward C. 18
  28. Emery, Miriam Jackson 18
  29. Evans, Alice C. 24
  30. Ewers, Lela A. 24
  31. Fisher, Dorothy (Canfield) 28
  32. Forman, Caroline L. 18
  33. Gay, Jan 19
  34. Glass, Meta 18
  35. Grove, Elsa Butler 13
  36. Gueydan, H. L. 30
  37. Haggard, C. Patience 18
  38. Hallsten-Kallia, Armi 15
  39. Hammersley, Evadna B. 15
  40. Hansl, Eva Elise vom Baur 13, 19, 24
  41. Haraszti, Zoltan 16
  42. Harkness, Mary Stillman 10
  43. Hendricks, Rosalie Nathan 19
  44. Hendrickson, Dora 18
  45. Hersch, Virginia 18
  46. Higley, Mary C. J. 18
  47. Hinckley, Georgiana Ames 9, 30
  48. Hirth, Emma P. 27
  49. Horton, Mildred (McAfee) 28
  50. Howard, Edith 18
  51. Howard, Margaret Rohel 18
  52. Hufeland, Otto 10
  53. Hull, Hannah Clothier 18
  54. Hurja, Gudrun A. 10
  55. Hutchins, Alice Parker 19
  56. Irwin, Inez (Haynes) 2, 10, 18, 19, 28, 29
  57. Jackson, Virginia M. 18
  58. Jean, Sally Lucas 28
  59. Jenckes, Virginia E. 18
  60. Jenkins, Hester D. 18
  61. Johnson, Karen 18
  62. Jones, Gwladys Webster 19, 20, 30
  63. Jordan, Wilbur Kitchener 10, 30
  64. Kahn, Julietta B. 19
  65. Kelsey, Mary 18
  66. Koch, Margaret 28
  67. Kraushaar, Ruth 18
  68. LaFarge, Oliver 14
  69. Leonard, Maria 18
  70. Lewis, Ethel 28
  71. Lewisohn, Irene 10, 28
  72. Lit, Janice Reed 18
  73. McCann, Celia 28
  74. McCormick, Katharine (Dexter) 18
  75. MacDonell, Katherine 15
  76. Mallon, Marguerite 24
  77. Mandigo, Pauline E. 24
  78. Manus, Rosa 12
  79. Marion, Frances 18
  80. Martin, Marion 24
  81. Matthes, Charlotte A. 12
  82. May, Emma 10
  83. Mellen, Ida M. 18
  84. Meyer, Agnes Elizabeth Ernst 27
  85. Milligan, Lucy R. 28
  86. Mitchell, Juanita Jackson 17
  87. Moore, Gertrude 10
  88. Moore, Martha 28
  89. Morgan, Anne 27
  90. Morrison, Adrienne 28
  91. Muendel, Christina 28
  92. Murray, Frances R. 28
  93. Nichols, Ruth 18, 28
  94. Noble, Ruth 18
  95. O'Shea, Harriet E. 24
  96. Owens, Helen (Brewster) 9
  97. Park, Alice 10
  98. Patch, Edith 24
  99. Pearce, Helen 18, 28
  100. Peirce-Hughes, Lois 24
  101. Pool, Mrs. David de Sola 19
  102. Porter, Dorothy B. 7
  103. Quinlan, Laura A. 24
  104. Quisenberry, Harriette 18
  105. Redmond, Margaret 28
  106. Rentiman, Gladys H. 28
  107. Rinehart, Mary (Roberts) 10
  108. Robinson, Anna E. 15
  109. Rockefeller, Abby Greene (Aldrich) 28
  110. Roebling, Mary G. 28
  111. Rohde, Ruth (Bryan) Owen 27
  112. Sabin, Florence Rena 24, 30
  113. Sanger, Margaret (Higgins) 27
  114. Savord, Ruth 12, 18, 19, 28
  115. Schain, Josephine 28
  116. Schiff, Dorothy 27
  117. Schneiderman, Rose 28
  118. Schwimmer, Rosika 18, 23
  119. Seton, Grace Thompson 18
  120. Shauk, Mrs. H. V. 18
  121. Shouse, Martha 16, 19, 20, 24, 26
  122. Shryock, Richard 29
  123. Smith, Josephine 18
  124. Smith, A. Marguerite 16
  125. Soffel, Sara M. 28
  126. Stephens, Mrs. H. A. 18
  127. Stimson, Dorothy 18
  128. Stinnin, Glenna 20
  129. Stoermer, Grace S. 28
  130. Stokes, Anson Phelps 2
  131. Strachey, Philippa 12
  132. Straight, Beatrice 18
  133. Strauss, Anna Lord 29
  134. Strong, George F. 9
  135. Sweet, Mrs. Richard 28
  136. Talbot, Marion 18
  137. Tanner, Elsie K. 28
  138. Tarbell, Ida Minerva 18, 28
  139. Tench, Mrs. Frank Murray 29
  140. Tinnin, Glenna S. 10, 18
  141. Todd, Jane H. 27
  142. Tolhurst, Helen W. 18
  143. Tryon, Ruth Wilson 18
  144. Van Volkenburg, Ellen 28
  145. Wall, Alexander J. 13
  146. Warren, Constance 29
  147. Wetmore, Margaret K. 18
  148. White, Marjorie 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 24, 30
  149. Williams, Charl Ormond 27
  150. Willis-Berg, Portia 18
  151. Woodhouse, Chase (Going) 24
  152. Woodruff, Ruth T. 18
  153. Woodward, Ellen (Sullivan) 18
  154. Woolley, Mary Emma 29
  155. Yellis, Elsie M. 20, 30

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By: Anne Engelhart, Teresa O'Rourke
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Title
Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958. Papers of Mary Ritter Beard, 1935-1958: A Finding Aid
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Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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