Papers of Addie Melvina Stephenson Billings, 1875-1948
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
In 1887, Billings was admitted to the bar in Nebraska and became her husband's law partner. Later she was also certified to practice law in Iowa. The Billings' moved to Benicia, California in 1891; as her husband's health was failing, Billings joined Wallace Rutherford in legal practice in Napa. In 1908 the Billings' invested in a wine vineyard near Calistoga. For several years Billings was Executive Secretary of the California Grape Protective Association, giving speeches throughout the state urging Californians to vote against the ratification of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment to the federal Constitution. After the death of her husband in 1920, Billings moved to Berkeley so that her two adopted daughters, Dorothy and Margaret, could attend the University of California; Billings herself worked as an agent for the Northern Insurance Company. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, and a staunch Republican. She was also the author of Civil Government of Nebraska Tabulated (1886).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Addie Melvina Billings were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in July 1967 by Margaret Gettys Hall.
By: Donna M. Whalen
- Billings, Addie Melvina Stephenson, 1858-1948. Papers of Addie Melvina Stephenson Billings, 1875-1948: A Finding Aid
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