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COLLECTION Identifier: A-126

Papers of Sallie Joy White, 1828-1936


Correspondence, clippings, photographs, etc., of Sallie Joy White, the first woman journalist in Boston.


  • Creation: 1828-1936


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sallie Joy White 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.


2.59 linear feet ((4 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio+ photograph folder)

Sallie Joy White's papers consist of family correspondence, letters received from notables of the day, and volumes of clippings of her newspaper articles and columns. In addition, the collection includes papers of her daughter Grace Eliner Joy White (Mrs. Chester Pratt).


Sallie Joy was the first woman journalist in Boston when she became a special reporter for the Boston Post in 1870 to cover Woman Suffrage Conventions and related activities. In 1874, Sallie Joy married the singer, Henry Keith White, Jr., but domestic concerns interrupted her career only briefly. Until shortly before her death, she advised on fashion and household problems, making famous the pseudonym Penelope Penfeather, and continued to report woman's rights activities and local news, particularly for the Boston Herald.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 453

Gift of Mrs. Stanley Talbet, 164 Monroe Street, Dedham, Massachusetts and Mrs. Rhoda Hansen, Box 341, Miles City, Montana. Received June 1962.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Sallie Joy White Additional papers, 1881-1935 (inclusive), 1881-1908 (bulk) (M-146).


The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to Fogg Art Museum, drawing department:

  1. Two cartoons by Frank Millett and Homer Davenport


  1. Box 1: folders 1-34, volume 1
  2. Box 2: volumes 2, 6-10
  3. Box 3: volumes 11-12, 14-15
  4. Box 4: volumes 3, 13
  5. Box 5: volumes 4-5
White, Sallie Joy. Papers of Sallie Joy White, 1828-1936: 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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