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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.21 linear feet ((1 carton, 1/2 file box) plus 1 photograph folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize scrapbook)
Her classic account of the "first wave" of American feminism, Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, was published in 1959; it was based on a pamphlet she had published in 1954. "The story," she said in her original preface, "deserves telling"; Century of Struggle was notable in demonstrating that the topic was worthy of serious scholarly and analytical study. Flexner was particularly prescient in her use of race, gender, and class in interpreting the struggle for women's equality. Her analysis was a source of inspiration for "second wave" feminists and laid the groundwork for subsequent generations of women's history scholars.
A consultant to the three-volume Notable American Women, 1607-1950, Flexner wrote a dozen biographies for Notable American Women, including those of Leonora Barry, Mary Kenney O'Sullivan, Anna Howard Shaw, Antoinette Shuler, Maria Stewart, Augusta Troup, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Maud Younger. Other publications included Woman's Rights: Unfinished Business (1971) and Mary Wollstonecraft: A Biography (1972). Flexner was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Swarthmore College in 1974. With her health failing, and following the death of her companion, Helen Terry, Flexner moved from Northampton to a retirement community in Westboro, Massachusetts. She died on March 25, 1995, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Eleanor Flexner,Jean F. Lewinson (Eleanor Flexner's sister), and Jacqueline Van Voris, between May 1973 and August 1989.
- Taylor, A. Elizabeth. "The Woman Suffrage Movement in Mississippi, 1890-1920. " Journal of Mississippi History, vol.30, no.1 (February 1968).
- Taylor, Antoinette Elizabeth. "South Carolina and the Enfranchisement of Women: The Early Years. " The South Carolina Historical Magazine, vol. 77, no. 2 (April 1976).
- Articles re: African-Americans in The New York Times, Newsweek, Commentary, and other mainstream journals
- The Black Panther, July 12, 1969
- Photostats re: suffrage, some from Schlesinger Library
- Wollstonecraft, Mary. Verteidigung der Rechte des Weibes (Zurich, 1975).
- Carton 1: 2-46
- Box 2: 47-62
By: Anne Engelhart
- African American women--United States
- Manuscripts for publication
- Mormon women--United States
- Notable american women
- Oral histories
- Women and religion--United States
- Women labor union members--United States
- Women--Suffrage--United States
- Women--United States--History
- Working class women--United States
- Flexner, Eleanor, 1908-1995. Papers of Eleanor Flexner, 1895?-1995: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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