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COLLECTION Identifier: 75-386

Papers of Sophia Yarnall, 1932-1975


Correspondence, speeches, articles, etc., of Sophia Yarnall Jacobs, civic worker and author.


  • Creation: 1932-1975


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sophia Yarnall 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.


2 linear feet (2 cartons)

The collection contains photographs, clippings, speeches and correspondence relating to Sophia Yarnall's professional associations and travels.


Sophia Yarnall Jacobs, civic worker, was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1902 and was educated at the Baldwin School and at Bryn Mawr, 1919-1921 (x'21), and married Reginald Robert Jacobs in 1921 (divorced in 1937). Yarnall wrote frequently for women's magazines and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin's woman's pages, 1932-1939. During World War II she managed the Philadelphia Orchestra Club and later was the Promotion Manager for the orchestra. After the war she served as Secretary of the United Nations Council (later the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia), and traveled to the Middle East and India under its auspices; she also ran for School Committee in 1949 but was defeated. After moving to New York, Yarnall was primarily interested in civil rights and race relations: she served on the Boards of the National Urban League and the New York Urban League. Yarnall was President of the National Council of Women 1960-1963 and traveled widely as its representative. She was board member of many organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Planned Parenthood Association of Philadelphia.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 75-386

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in December 1975 by Sophia Yarnall Jacobs.


  1. Carton 1: 1-21
  2. Carton 2: 22-40

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: February 1981

By: Jane S. Knowles

Yarnall, Sophia. Papers of Sophia Yarnall, 1932-1975: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

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