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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 409

Papers of Ernest Bernbaum, 1913-1915


Anti-suffrage writings, drafts of speeches and lectures, etc., of Ernest Bernbaum, instructor and anti-suffragist.


  • 1913-1915

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ernest Bernbaum 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
This collection consists mainly of Ernest Bernbaum's anti-suffrage writings, and includes notes, drafts of speeches and lectures, a pamphlet, a fragment of a letter to Emily Greene Balch, and clippings to support his views. The dated material is from 1913 to 1915; undated material appears to be from the same period. He organized his material in college exam blue books, and a few of his notes were written on the backs of student papers. Much of the anti-suffrage writing concerns Massachusetts, although Bernbaum refers to suffrage in western states to make his points. He mentions many suffragists by name, including Anna Howard Shaw.


Ernest Bernbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1879. He was the son of Ole Kruse and Dorothea (Christiansen) Bernbaum. He earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. After teaching English there (1907-1916), he taught at the University of Illinois, 1916-1945. Bernbaum married Ruth Guenther of Mansfield, Ohio, in 1921. He chaired the Committee on War Lectures at Illinois, 1917-1919, and was a speaker for the League to Enforce Peace, 1922-1925. An opponent of suffrage for women, Bernbaum directed the School for Anti-Suffrage Speakers in Boston, a group affiliated with the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women. For more biographical information, see Who's Who in America (vol. 28, 1954-1955).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 79-M189

These papers of Ernest Bernbaum were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ra'anana (Ronnie) Levin in August 1979.

Processing Information

Processed: November 1991

By: Cindy Irvine
Link to catalog
Bernbaum, Ernest, 1879-1958. Papers of Ernest Bernbaum, 1913-1915: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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