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MC 519

Eno, Eva, 1878-1961. Papers of Eva Eno, 1912-1938: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Mary and Michael Gellert.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 519
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Eva Eno, 1878-1961
Title: Papers of Eva Eno, 1912-1938
Date(s): 1912-1938
Quantity: 2.09 linear feet (5 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Eva Eno, suffragist, lawyer, and social reformer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 96-M94
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Helen Rattray in July 1996.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2005
By: Johanna Carll


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eva Eno 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.

Preferred Citation:

Eva Eno Papers, 1912-1938; item description, dates. MC 519, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Donor: Helen Rattray
Accession number: 96-M94
Processed by: Johanna Carll
The following items have been removed from the collection:


Eva Eno was born in 1878 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The daughter of Jonathan S. and Katherine (Applegate) Walling, she was raised in Colorado, where she was educated at Wolfe Hall. In 1897, she married Alfred Joseph Eno. Their only child, Ralph Bovingdon Eno, died June 10, 1908, at the age of eight. She was a member of the 1912 women's law class at New York University. Eno was chairman of the Woman Suffrage Party of Queens Borough (1912-1914); chairman of women workers, Queens Borough, National Progressive Party; member and corresponding secretary of the Woman's Press Club of New York City; member of the Portia Club of the City of New York; member and officer of the Woman Citizens' League of New York State; publisher of The Queensboro Equality, a broadsheet advocating women's suffrage; and organizer of eighteen women's clubs in the Borough of Queens. In addition, she was a consumer advocate and worked for the reform of schools and prisons. After the stock market crash in 1929, the Enos' fortunes declined; Eva Eno later ran a school and an employment agency on Long Island. She died in 1961.


The collection includes correspondence, clippings, minutes, flyers, pamphlets, programs, and other printed material. Most of the materials document Eno's involvement with various groups, most notably the Woman's Press Club of New York City, a professional organization for women journalists, authors, and "those engaged in similar pursuits." Also documented is Eno's support of school reform through the implementation of the Gary Plan, a system in which students attended school all day and moved throughout the school building to various academic and vocational classes. Other papers document Eno's involvement in the Progressive Party, and her attempt to be a representative of the party at the Constitutional Convention. Folders providing a general overview of Eno's activities are followed by an alphabetical arrangement of those documenting specific involvements and interests. Folder titles were created by Eva Eno; information added by the archivist appears in brackets.

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Additional Index Terms

Businesswomen--New York (State)
Educational change--New York (State)
New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Prison reformers--New York (State)
Women journalists--New York (State)
Women lawyers--New York (State)
Women--New York (State)--Societies and clubs
Women political activists--New York (State)
Women--Suffrage--New York (State)
Women-owned business enterprises--New York (State)
Gary School League
Portia Club of the City of New York
Progressive Party (1912)
Woman Citizens' League of New York State
Woman's Press Club of New York City