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MC 251

Ehrmann, Sara R., 1895-1993. Papers of Sara R. Ehrmann, 1910-1969: 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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The papers were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 251
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sara R. Ehrmann, 1895-1993
Title: Papers of Sara R. Ehrmann, 1910-1969
Date(s): 1910-1969
Quantity: 1.05 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, financial papers, notes, etc., of Sara Rosenfeld Ehrmann, civic worker and social reformer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 70-44, 79-M59, 82-M119
These papers of Sara (Rosenfeld) Ehrmann were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sara Rosenfeld Ehrmann in April 1970 and March 1979; addenda were transferred to the library from the Sara Rosenfeld Ehrmann Capital Punishment Collection at Northeastern University Law School Library in June 1982.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: March 1992
By: Cindy Irvine

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sara R. Ehrmann is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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:

Sara R. Ehrmann. Papers, 1910-1969; item description, dates. MC 251, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in Schlesinger Library's vertical file in September 1977:
The following item has been discarded, February 1992:
The following item has been donated to the Harvard Law School, February 1992:


Sara (Rosenfeld) Ehrmann, daughter of Abram and Helen (Uri) Rosenfeld, was born on June 14, 1895, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She attended East High School in Rochester, New York, and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1917 after spending her junior year (1915-1916) at Smith College. She took additional courses at Radcliffe College (1921-1922, 1940?) and Boston University (1937-1939). On May 12, 1917, she married Herbert Brutus Ehrmann. They had two children: Hilmar Bruce and Robert Lincoln.
Ehrmann worked to abolish capital punishment for forty years, with the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty as executive secretary (1928?-1960) and president (1961?-1967), and with the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment, first as executive director (1949-1960) and then as executive director and vice president (1960-?).
In addition to helping found the League of Women Voters of Brookline (Mass.) and serving as its first president (1944?-1945), Ehrmann has worked with a number of local and national organizations: the Women's City Club of Boston (board member, 1938-1939), Boston Y.W.C.A. (board member, 1960-?), Friends of Framingham (board member, 1951-1957), United Prison Association of Massachusetts (organizer and board member, 1939-1950), American Jewish Committee (national membership chairman, 1952), and others.


This collection includes personal and biographical papers and materials concerning the League of Women Voters, capital punishment, and Sara R. Ehrmann's other volunteer activities. Most of the papers documenting her work against capital punishment are at Northeastern University.
The personal and biographical materials include correspondence, clippings, printed material, essays and photos. Topics covered include school, family, Lane Bryant Volunteer Awards (1964-1969) and other honors. The photographs are of Ehrmann, Elizabeth Glendower Evans, and others.
The League of Women Voters materials include correspondence, notes, handbooks, bylaws, announcements of meetings, minutes, and financial papers. Many are from the League of Women Voters of Brookline; most of the remaining records are from the Massachusetts and national leagues. Most date from the 1940s. Notable correspondents are Dorothy Bisbee and Vivian Pierce.
The capital punishment materials include clippings, essays, notes, correspondence, and printed material from the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for Abolition of the Death Penalty. Notable correspondents are Miriam Van Waters, Vivian Pierce, and Felix Frankfurter. There are also scattered materials, including correspondence and announcements, from the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Massachusetts Civic League, Women's City Club, and other organizations.
Clippings were photocopied and discarded.


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Capital punishment
Civic leaders--Massachusetts
Jewish women--Massachusetts
Jewish women--United States
Jews--United States
Prison reformers
Social reformers
Women--Societies and clubs
American League to Abolish Capital Punishment
Bisbee, Dorothy Winsor, 1896-1986
Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), 1891-1970
Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
League of Women Voters of Brookline, Mass.
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Pierce, Vivian.
Van Waters, Miriam