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Biography collection, 1771-1995 (bulk 1920s-70s)

This collection consists of biographical material related to both well-known and unknown women and men whose lives spanned the years from 1771-1970s. For the most part, there is only a small amount of material on each individual. Files are organized alphabetically by name. Materials typically include published and unpublished biographical sketches, books, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, newspaper clippings, photographs, and published and unpublished writings. Angela Davis' file also contains legal documents, memoranda, postcards, political buttons, leaflets, petitions, newsletters, trial bulletins, press releases, and political cartoons. Other notable individuals represented include Mary McLeod Bethune, Bernard Baruch, Lizzie Borden, Grace Coolidge, Mary Daly, Hannah Dustin, Dorothy Gish, Julia Ward Howe, Anne Hutchinson, Mother Jones, Helen Keller, Florynce Kennedy, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Rosa Luxemburg, Marie Antoinette, Margaret Mead, Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Victoria Woodhull. Some lesser-known individuals include interesting and significant material as well, such as Ferdinanda Wesselhoeft's personal letters detailing daily life in Germany during the period 1842-1884; the letters and journals of Anna Green Winslow and Mary Hutchinson Parmele dating from the 1770s and 1780s; and correspondence to Ethel Clyde from such famous individuals as Pearl Buck, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Pauli Murray, Norman Thomas, Mary van Kleeck, Margaret Sanger, and A.J. Muste. Files on Eleanor Roosevelt include published articles and pamphlets by and about her, and correspondence to Gertrude Foster Brown, Eva Hansl, Carrie Chapman Catt, Dorothy Ainsworth, and others. Finally the collection contains a small number of collected biographies including those that document the lives of women associated with Princeton University, White House brides, "women who wanted to be men," and living daughters of presidents
Archival Material, English, 1771