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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
The papers were processed with a grant from Clara Goldberg Schiffer.
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
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.
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.
Reprocessed: March 1992
By: Cindy Irvine
Access. Collection is open for research.
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.
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:
- "If I were a Woman," Judge Ben B. Lindsey, National American Woman Suffrage Association,
- 31st Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the State Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded
Women, Newark, Wayne Co., N.Y., 1916
- "Do You Know," Carrie Chapman Catt, NAWSA, 1914
- "Chivalry versus Justice," George Creel, Pictorial Review, March 1915
- "Is Woman Suffrage Important?" Max Eastman, Men's League for Woman Suffrage
- "25 Years of a Great Idea," Kathryn H. Stone, League of Women Voters, 1949
- "A History of the League Program," KHS, League of Women Voters, 1949
- "40 Years of a Great Idea," LWV, 1960
The following item has been discarded, February 1992:
- Bulletin of Mass. LWV: May 1947, November 1948, May 1950, February 1959
The following item has been donated to the Harvard Law School, February 1992:
- Old John ("The Criminal") Law, typescript by Herbert Brutus Ehrmann
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
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.
- Box 1: 1-24
- Box 2: 25-42
- Box 3: 43-56
- 1. Personal and biographical. Brochures, correspondence, clipping (1958, 1968) re: Who's Who of American Women
- 2. Personal and biographical. Biographical sketch: typescript and manuscript drafts re:
educational and volunteer accomplishments and publications, n.d. (after 1965)
- 3. Personal and biographical. Schooling. Outlines, directories, notes, applications,
1910-1918, n.d. (after 1939) from East High School, Smith College, University of Rochester,
- 4. Personal and biographical. Schooling. Pamphlets, 1914: "Where Women Vote," by Frances
Maule Bjorkman, with Sara R. Ehrmann notes; and "The Small Old Path," by Claude Bragdon.
- 5. Personal and biographical. Schooling. Alumnae materials from East High School and
Rochester University, (1953-1969, scattered).
- 6. Personal and biographical. Lane Bryant Volunteer Awards. Correspondence, 1965-1969,
re: Sara R. Ehrmann's winning the award
- 7. Personal and biographical. Lane Bryant Volunteer Awards. Brochures and biographical
- 8. Personal and biographical. Lane Bryant Volunteer Awards. Correspondence, 1969, re:
Sara R. Ehrmann nomination of Edna Stein
- 9. Personal and biographical. Certificates, 1957-1966: American Society of Criminology,
Democratic Town Committee; Kiwanis and Rotary Club (guest speaker).
- 10. Personal and biographical. Miscellaneous: correspondence, printed material, notes,
1932-1969 (scattered), re: donations, eulogies, holiday greetings, interviews, family,
Includes reference copies of photographs; original photographs in #12a.
- 11. Personal and biographical. Clippings re: Sara R. Ehrmann, most 1950s
- 12f. Personal and biographical. Photographs: 2 portraits of Sara R. Ehrmann (1960, n.d.).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 12a. Personal and biographical. Family and publicity photographs, and 3 of Elizabeth Glendower
Evans (1859, 1919, 1931).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 13. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Printed materials and notes re: formation of
LWVB, 1944-1945; includes Sara R. Ehrmann notes for speech on election as president,
- 14. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Financial records, 1945-1950: budget, fund-raising
- 15. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Announcement and notes, 1946, re: structure and
policy of league; includes notes for "Organizational History of the League of Women
Voters" and bylaw information.
- 16. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Announcements of meetings, 1944-1950; includes
papers re: "Pill Hill" discussion group.
- 17. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Minutes of board meetings, 1945-1946; agenda,
1950-1952; nominations for office, 1945-1946 and 1948-1949 (printed, manuscript)
- 18. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Handbooks: 1945-1951 (incomplete)
- 19. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Bulletin, 1945-1950 (scattered)
- 20. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Correspondence, notes, 1945-1953 (scattered),
n.d., of Sara R. Ehrmann, Dorothy Bisbee, et al. Includes drafts of Sara R. Ehrmann
letter re: partition of Palestine, 1948, and note re: Sara R. Ehrmann's resignation
from Board, 1953.
- 21. League of Women Voters of Brookline. "Voters Service" Regional Conference, New York
City, January 1947: agenda, notes
- 22. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Brookline election precinct lists, 1950
- 23. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Materials re: 25th anniversary, 1969
- 24. League of Women Voters of Brookline. Sara R. Ehrmann notes on cards, n.d. re: Brookline
community, schools, recreation, etc.
- 25. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Bylaws, "1929 with amendments up to 1935,"
with Sara R. Ehrmann notes, and index by Sara R. Ehrmann, 1947; etc.
- 26. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Bylaws. Memoranda, notices and minutes of
- 27. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Bylaws. Correspondence, 1945-1947
- 28. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Bylaws. Sara R. Ehrmann notes [1946?]
- 29. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Notes by Sara R. Ehrmann re: organization,
- 30. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Minutes: Presidents' Council, May 1944 -
May 1946, Board meetings, April-May 1946, etc. (mimeograph)
- 31. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Budgets and financial papers, 1943-1947 (scattered);
includes some national and Cambridge League of Women Voters information
- 32. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Papers and letters to league presidents (mimeo,
and notes), 1944-1949; includes program suggestions and re: nominating committee.
- 33. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. State programs, notes, calendar, 1945, 1949-1950
- 34. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Notes by Sara R. Ehrmann, 1946-1947, n.d.,
for League of Women Voters of Massachusetts board meeting, January 1946, Weston board,
February 1947, registration for primaries, etc.
- 35. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Sara R. Ehrmann's files re: elections, 1938-1948:
League of Women Voters questionnaire to candidates for state and county offices re:
"voters service," initiative petitions, etc.
- 36. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Election materials: explanation of 1948 referendum
questions (ts. and mimeo; some with Sara R. Ehrmann notes), "Voter's Primer"
- 37. National League of Women Voters. Re: bylaws: memoranda, etc. 1946-1948
- 38. National League of Women Voters. "Local Leader's Handbook," 1946, revised 1948; etc.
- 39. National League of Women Voters. Printed materials and pamphlets, 1946
- 40. National League of Women Voters. Convention, April 30 - May 3, 1946 (attended by Sara
R. Ehrmann): typed letter, signed from League of Women Voters headquarters, printed
- 41. Capital punishment. Five autograph letters, signed from Felix Frankfurter to Herbert
B. Ehrmann and Sara R. Ehrmann, 1953-1965; 1 card from Marion Frankfurter, 1965.
- 42. Capital punishment. Speeches, essays, letters by Sara R. Ehrmann, 1931-1968; includes
materials re: prisons and prisoners.
- 43. Capital punishment. "For Whom the Chair Waits," by Sara R. Ehrmann: draft, final copy,
readers' comments (including M. Van Waters)
- 44. Capital punishment. Articles re: Sara R. Ehrmann as crusader against death penalty,
- 45. Capital punishment. Clippings, 1929-1971, most 1950s-1960s
- 46. Capital punishment. American League to Abolish Capital Punishment. Correspondence,
1928-1932, of Vivian Pierce, Miriam Van Waters, et al.
- 47. Capital punishment. American League to Abolish Capital Punishment. Reports and minutes,
- 48. Capital punishment. American League to Abolish Capital Punishment. Draft of Miriam
Van Waters speech, 1930
- 49. Capital punishment. American League to Abolish Capital Punishment. Printed announcements
and letters, 1928-1964 (scattered); includes Massachusetts Council for the Abolition
of the Death Penalty, United Prison Association letterhead.
- 50. Capital punishment. American League to Abolish Capital Punishment. Police-Community
Relations Institute, Boston College Law School, Mar. 1960: program, evaluation, Sara
R. Ehrmann notes
- 51. Jewish organizations. Correspondence, notes, 1950-1968
- 52. Jewish organizations. American Jewish Committee printed materials: program, clippings,
See 57o for map of "AJC chapter and area office locations," n.d.
- 53. Jewish organizations. Jewish Community Center, Brookline, 1946-1950: correspondence,
bylaws, speech notes
- 54. Various organizations. Political, 1944-1958: Mass. Civic League, Mass. Citizens Political
Action Committee, Women on Wheels, etc.
- 55. Various organizations. Health, 1935-1962: National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis,
American Cancer Society, National Association for Mental Health, Brookline Anti-TB
- 56. Various organizations. Women's, etc., 1934-1960: Mass. State Federation of Women's
Clubs, Brookline Woman's Club, Women's City Club of Boston, Boston YWCA, etc.
- 57o. Various organizations, 1960: Brookline Democratic ballot, Boston YWCA ballot; "AJC
chapter and area office locations," n.d.
Jewish women--United States
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.)
Van Waters, Miriam