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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B934: M-133, reel E10

Grandmother, Mother, and Me, undated


Mimeographed memoir by Bulkley, describing the lives of her grandmother and mother, and her life in St. Louis and encounters with settlement workers, including Roger Baldwin, and social reformers; this copy annotated by Baldwin.


  • Undated


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm (M-133, reel E10) or digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary E. Bulkley, 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)

Grandmother, Mother and Me is a mimeographed copy of a 209-page typescript describing Mary Ezit Bulkley's attitudes towards her parents and grandmother, men, family life, politics, economics, religion, old age, death, and her activities as a governess in a Quaker family, bookbinder, designer, settlement house board member, and suffrage worker. Persons mentioned include Jane Addams, Ellen Starr, Roger Baldwin, and Emma Goldman. The manuscript contains a handwritten note by Baldwin.

The Missouri Historical Society has the typescript of this memoir, as well as Bulkley family correspondence and biographical data.


Mary Ezit Bulkley lived much of her life in St. Louis, but also spent time in New York City, New Rochelle, and Chicago. She devoted a great part of her life to working for social welfare. In her 20s, she served as secretary for the Board of the Saint Louis Children's Hospital. Later, she was associated with Hull House and was a board member of a St. Louis settlement known as Neighborhood House. In addition, she worked as a governess, bookbinder, and interior designer. Her political activities included membership in the Women's Trade Union League and working for women's suffrage. Bulkley is the author of An Aid to the Woman Voter in Missouri, which explains governmental processes to prospective voters. After 1920, she made her home in Carmel, California, where she helped Dr. Blum of the University of California finish his book on the economics of labor, and edited a book of memoirs by ex-Indian agent Matthew Murphy. Bulkley died in 1947 at the age of 91.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 73-28

Mary E. Bulkley's memoir, Grandmother, Mother and Me, was given to the Schlesinger Library in 1973 by Roger Baldwin and the Missouri Historical Society. It was reprocessed and microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America Project.

Related Material:

There is related material the Missouri Historical Society; see Bulkley Family Papers, 1855-1865; 1941 (A0200).

Processing Information

Processed: May 1989

By: Janet Hayashi

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.

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