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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 952

Papers of Ethel Bret Harte, 1862-1960


Photographs and correspondence of suffragist Ethel Bret Harte.


  • Creation: 1862-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ethel Bret Harte 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

Collection includes a photograph album (containing 31 prints) entitled Liberty Bell Tour documenting the campaign; other photographs of the tour; photographs of Bret Harte and family, 1862-1900, n.d.; one photograph of the Angel of Chinatown, "Rosie Winslow" or Rose Livingston, 1915; correspondence (mostly postcards) of Harte and Hall, including typed letters from John F. Kennedy and Adlai Stevenson, 1952, 1960; and unidentified tintypes.


Ethel Bret Harte was the daughter of author Bret Harte and the partner of suffragist and Vassar graduate Louise Hall. In the summer of 1915, she, Hall, Hall's classmate Elizabeth McShane Hillis, and Katharine Wentworh Ruschenberger were part of a campaign for women's suffrage, traveling throughout Pennsylvania with a replica of the Liberty Bell mounted on a truck. The tour was photographed by Louise Hall's brother Ollie.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2014-M207

The papers of Ethel Bret Harte were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Swann Auction Galleries in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2018

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.  Other material not normally retained include:  clippings that are not by or about the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).

When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.

Harte, Ethel Bret, 1875-1964. Papers of Ethel Bret Harte, 1862-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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