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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 215

Papers of Lillian and Clara Westropp, 1922-1968


Correspondence, articles, minutes, etc., of Lillian Mary Westropp and Clara E. Westropp, sisters and founders of the Women’s Savings and Loan Company of Cleveland, Ohio.


  • 1922-1968

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lillian and Clara Westropp 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.


.63 linear feet ((1+1/2 file boxes) plus 8 oversize volumes, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder)
This collection consists mainly of scrapbooks containing newsclippings and some photographs and correspondence.


Lillian Mary Westropp (1884-1968) and Clara E. Westropp (1886-1965) founded The Women's Savings and Loan Company of Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 to provide a bank run by women for women. Lillian Mary Westropp was president, Olive Joy Wright vice-president and Clara E. Westropp secretary. In 1935 the bank's name was changed to Women's Federal Savings and Loan Association and it continues under this name.

Lillian Mary Westropp was also judge of the municipal court of Cleveland from 1931 to 1959. Clara E. Westropp became president of the bank in 1958. She was also first woman president of the Cuyahoga County Savings and Loan League (1952), and was active in Catholic missionary fund-raising work, for which she was made Catholic Woman of the Year posthumously in 1965.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1639

The papers of Lillian and Clara Westropp were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in July 1969 by Thomas Westropp, President of The Women's Federal Savings and Loan Association.


  1. Box 1: 1-8, volume 2, volume 9
  2. Box 2: 3v-7v
INDEX Numbers refer to volumes unless otherwise indicated.
  1. Chapman, Jessie 4, 5, 6, 7, folder 1
  2. Clark, Georgia Neese 1o, 8o, 9o
  3. Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima 5
  4. Gabriel, Mother M. 11o
  5. Grant, Jennie 8o, 4
  6. Marche, Gertrude 8o
  7. Marman, Ida M. 8o
  8. Moore, Helen 8o
  9. Ollie, Anne 11o, 10o
  10. Priest, Ivy Baker 8o, 9o
  11. Sands, Eleanor H. 11o
  12. Sheen, Fulton J. 10o, 11o, 13o, folder 3
  13. Sherren, Nina 1o, 4, 5, 6, 7
  14. Siegenthaler, Minnie F. 8o
  15. Westropp, Clara E. 1o, 4, 5, 9o, 10o, 11o, 12o, 13o, 14o, 15o, folder 7
  16. Westropp, Lillian Mary 1o, 4, 11o, folders 5, 6, 7
  17. Winterich, Anges, H. 8o
  18. Woldman, Albert A. folder 3
  19. Wright, Olive Joy 1, 4, 5, 6, 7

Processing Information

Processed: February 1975

By: Nancy Wagner
Link to catalog
Westropp, Lillian Mary, 1884-1968. Papers of Lillian and Clara Westropp, 1922-1968: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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