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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 388: M-133

Papers of Ella Harrison, 1892-1933


Correspondence, woman suffrage pamphlets and programs of Ella Harrison, woman suffragist.


  • 1892-1933

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm (M-133) or digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ella Harrison 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) plus 1 oversize folder)

The papers of Ella Harrison consists of papers relating to her suffrage work in the late 1890s, particularly her activities in Mississippi and Louisiana in 1897. Included are letters to her by such leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association as Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Foster Avery, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Mary Garrett Hay, and letters from Harrison to her father detailing her experiences in and impressions of Mississippi and Louisiana (1897) and Iowa (1898). Also included are miscellaneous pamphlets about women's suffrage, programs of state and national suffrage associations, and two issues of The Woman's Standard with reports on Harrison's suffrage work.

The collection is arranged in three sections: correspondence from Harrison, correspondence to Harrison, and miscellaneous papers. Arrangement is chronological within each section and each folder.


Ella Harrison, youngest of eight children of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Harrison, was born April 18, 1859, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She was educated in Carthage, Missouri, and following graduation from high school taught in Carthage and in nearby rural schools.

From 1890 to 1900, Harrison was active in the temperance and woman suffrage movements. She organized temperance unions throughout southwest Missouri for the Missouri Woman's Christian Temperance Union, was one of the early presidents of the Equal Suffrage Association of Missouri, and in the late 1890s worked in the suffrage movement in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Iowa.

At some time Harrison studied law at the University of Iowa, and she attended Stanford University in 1894. In the early 1900s she worked as a journalist (including a period as war correspondent for the New York American in Mexico in 1911), and homesteaded on a ranch in Arizona.

Harrison returned to Carthage due to family illness and died there December 15, 1933.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 52-46

The papers of Ella Harrison were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1952 by Lucy Somerville Howorth. The collection was previously processed as A/H3185. It was reprocessed and micro-filmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Processing Information

Reprocessed: September 1988

By: Jane E. Ward

Harrison, Ella, 1859-1933. Papers of Ella Harrison, 1892-1933: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
The collection was processed with the aid of a gift from the Society, which provided funding for the original processing of the collection in 1982 by Mary Jane McCavitt.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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