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Call No.: MC 409
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ernest Bernbaum, 1879-1958
Title: Papers of Ernest Bernbaum, 1913-1915
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Abstract: Anti-suffrage writings, drafts of speeches and lectures, etc., of Ernest Bernbaum, instructor and anti-suffragist.
Ernest Bernbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1879. He was the son of Ole Kruse and Dorothea (Christiansen) Bernbaum. He earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. After teaching English there (1907-1916), he taught at the University of Illinois, 1916-1945. Bernbaum married Ruth Guenther of Mansfield, Ohio, in 1921. He chaired the Committee on War Lectures at Illinois, 1917-1919, and was a speaker for the League to Enforce Peace, 1922-1925. An opponent of suffrage for women, Bernbaum directed the School for Anti-Suffrage Speakers in Boston, a group affiliated with the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women. For more biographical information, see Who's Who in America (vol. 28, 1954-1955).
This collection consists mainly of Ernest Bernbaum's anti-suffrage writings, and includes notes, drafts of speeches and lectures, a pamphlet, a fragment of a letter to Emily Greene Balch, and clippings to support his views. The dated material is from 1913 to 1915; undated material appears to be from the same period. He organized his material in college exam blue books, and a few of his notes were written on the backs of student papers. Much of the anti-suffrage writing concerns Massachusetts, although Bernbaum refers to suffrage in western states to make his points. He mentions many suffragists by name, including Anna Howard Shaw.