Papers of Claiborne Catlin Elliman, 1914-1919
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.42 linear feet (1 file box)
In 1914 Elliman, in charge of publicity for a National American Woman Suffrage Association rally, rode a horse through downtown Boston to advertise a public meeting at Tremont Temple. The hall was filled. This success gave Elliman the "idea of campaigning on horseback for Suffrage that summer."
Described in the newspapers as a "'suffrage' beauty," for four months (July-October) she rode "astride" through southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, and as far west as Worcester. By the middle of October she estimated that she had covered 700 miles and given 70 talks. The adventure was cut short by four days when her horse broke a leg and had to be destroyed.
Little is known about Elliman after 1914. She was married again, to Kenneth Benbow Elliman, and in 1919 worked for the Boston Children's Friend Society.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Claiborne Catlin Elliman gave her papers to the Schlesinger Library in 1959. The collection was reprocessed and microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
By: Bert Hartry
- Elliman, Claiborne Catlin. Papers of Claiborne Catlin Elliman, 1914-1919: A Finding Aid
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