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MC 388; M-133

Harrison, Ella, 1859-1933. Papers of Ella Harrison, 1892-1933: 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 collection was processed with the aid of a gift from the Society, which provided funding for the original processing of the collection in 1982 by Mary Jane McCavitt.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 388; M-133
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ella Harrison, 1859-1933
Title: Papers of Ella Harrison, 1892-1933
Date(s): 1892-1933
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, woman suffrage pamphlets and programs of Ella Harrison, woman suffragist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 52-46
The papers of Ella Harrison were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1952 by Lucy Somerville Howorth. The collection was previously processed as A/H3185. It was reprocessed and micro-filmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: September 1988
By: Jane E. Ward

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm (M-133).

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ella Harrison 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:

Ella Harrison Papers, 1892-1933; item description, dates. MC 388, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Ella Harrison was born 18 April 1859 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the youngest of eight children of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Harrison. She was educated in Carthage, Missouri, and following graduation from high school taught in Carthage and in nearby rural schools.
From 1890 to 1900, Harrison was active in the temperance and woman suffrage movements. She organized temperance unions throughout southwest Missouri for the Missouri Woman's Christian Temperance Union; was one of the early presidents of the Equal Suffrage Association of Missouri; and in the late 1890s worked in the suffrage movement in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Iowa.
At some time Harrison studied law at the University of Iowa, and she attended Stanford University in 1894. In the early 1900s she worked as a journalist (including a period as war correspondent for the New York American in Mexico in 1911), and homesteaded on a ranch in Arizona.
Harrison returned to Carthage due to family illness and died there on 15 December 1933.


This collection consists of papers relating to Ella Harrison's suffrage work in the late 1890s, particularly her activities in Mississippi and Louisiana in 1897. Included are letters to her by such leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association as Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Foster Avery, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Mary Garrett Hay, and letters from Harrison to her father detailing her experiences in and impressions of Mississippi and Louisiana (1897) and Iowa (1898). Also included are miscellaneous pamphlets about woman suffrage, programs of state and national suffrage associations, and two issues of The Woman's Standard with reports on Harrison's suffrage work.
The collection is arranged in three sections: correspondence from Harrison, correspondence to Harrison, and miscellaneous papers. Arrangement is chronological within each section and each folder.

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Additional Index Terms

Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Avery, Rachel Foster, 1858-1919
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Hay, Mary Garrett, 1857-1928