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COLLECTION Identifier: A-54

Papers of Ellen Sullivan Woodward, 1927-1954


Correspondence, speeches, articles, etc., of Ellen Sullivan Woodward, the second woman in the Mississippi House of Representatives and federal government official.


  • Creation: 1927-1954

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ellen Sullivan Woodward as well as 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.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

Biographical materials, correspondence, speeches and articles re: Mississippi State Board of Development, Social Security Board, United States Works Progress Administration, Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Washington, D.C., United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), Susan B. Anthony, and womanpower.


Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Ellen Sullivan Woodward married Albert Y. Woodward, lawyer and judge. Widowed in 1925, she became the second woman in the Mississippi House of Representatives and held various state jobs, was assistant administrator of the Works Progress Administration in Washington (1933-1938), a member of the Social Security Board, a member of United States delegations to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, and director of the Office of Inter-Agency and International Relations of the Federal Security Agency.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 47-17, 53-42, 59-20

Gift of Mrs. Ellen Sullivan Woodward, Federal Security Agency, Washington, D.C. Received December 1946, 1953, March 1959.


  1. Box 1: 1-19
  2. Box 2: 20-31
Woodward, Ellen S. (Ellen Sullivan). Papers of Ellen Sullivan Woodward, 1927-1954: 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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