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COLLECTION Identifier: 84-M96

Additional papers of Sophie Hutchinson Drinker, 1911-1983


Addenda to the papers (1351) of Sophie Hutchinson Drinker, musician, civic volunteer, historian, author, and feminist.


  • Creation: 1911-1983

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sophie Hutchinson Drinker 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.


1.21 linear feet (1 carton, 1/2 file box)

These addenda consist of Sophie Hutchinson Drinker's diaries, correspondence, awards, speeches and articles on women's history and women's rights and the draft of her unpublished book, "Women under Colonial Laws."


Sophie Hutchinson Drinker, musician, civic volunteer, historian and feminist was born on August 24, 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was educated at St. Timothy's School in Catonville, Maryland. A prominent leader in Philadelphian society, she served on the board of directors of the Marriage Council of Philadelphia, was president of the Pennsylvania Society of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, was chairman of the Colonial Dames Historical Research Committee, and was on the advisory board of the Lucy Stone League. Among her books and articles were Music and Women: The Story of Women in Their Relation to Music (1948) and Hannah Penn and the Proprietorship of Pennsylvania (1958). She was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Music) by Smith College for her services to women and to music in 1949 and received the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award (1965) and an honorary degree (1967) from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. For additional biographical information, see Who's Who Among American Women and Who's Who in the East .

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 84-M96

These addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sophie Hutchinson Drinker's daughter, Ernesta Drinker Ballard via Amy Elsbree, in June 1984.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Sophie Hutchinson Drinker Papers, 1917-1967 (1351).


  1. Carton 1: 1-39
  2. Box 2: 40-47

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: June 1984

By: Jane S. Knowles

Drinker, Sophie Hutchinson, 1888-1967. Additional papers of Sophie Hutchinson Drinker, 1911-1983: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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