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Potter, Frances Squire, 1867-1914. Papers of Frances Squire Potter, 1879-1923: 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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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 1441--81-M120
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Frances Squire Potter, 1867-1914
Title: Papers of Frances Squire Potter, 1879-1923
Date(s): 1879-1923
Quantity: 2 linear feet (2 cartons) plus 2 folio folders, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize volume, 1 daguerreotype)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Plays, stories, speeches, etc., of Frances Boardman Squire Potter, writer, educator, and lecturer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1441, 81-M120
These papers of Frances Squire Potter were given to the Schlesinger Library by her granddaughter, Frances Dickinson Potter, in September 1968 and May 1981.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: September 1981
By: Rina Auerbach

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frances Squire Potter 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:

Frances Boardman Squire Potter Papers, 1879-1923; item description, dates. 1441--81-M120, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Frances Boardman (Squire) Potter was a writer, educator and lecturer on literary, social, feminist and industrial subjects. She was the daughter of Truman H. and Grace A. Squire, born in Elmira, New York. In 1887, she graduated from Elmira College, one of the first women's colleges in the United States. She married Winfield Scott Potter, a metallurgist, in 1891; they had four children: Agnes Squire, 1892 Mark Louis, 1893; Grace Eleanor, 1895; Truman Squire, 1897.
After the separation from her husband in 1899, Frances Boardman (Squire) Potter became first a school teacher and in 1900 joined the staff of the Literature Department at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She spent a sabbatical at Cambridge University, England (1905-1906), studying early English literature. She was accompanied by her friend Mary Gray Peck and her children.
In 1904, she published the play "Germelshausen" in collaboration with Mary Gray Peck and Carl Schlenker. In 1905, Little, Brown and Co. published her novel The Ballingtons. She also published The Common School Spelling Book.
In 1909, she left Minneapolis and joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association as corresponding secretary in New York.
After leaving National American Woman Suffrage Association she joined the Women's Trade Union League and the General Federation of Women's Clubs as a national lecturer. She also became the Chairman of the Department of Literature and Library Extension in the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She joined the Socialist Party in 1910 and was a lecturer on the staff of the University Lecturers' Association. She died on March 25, 1914, after a long illness.


These addenda consist of speeches, plays, essays, and other writings of Frances Potter, correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and manuscript and printed sheet music, some by Frances Potter. Frances Potter's notebooks for her literature courses at the University of Minnesota, owned by her family in 1981, will probably be given to the University of Minnesota.


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Additional Index Terms

Sheet music
Breshko-Breshkovskai︠a︡, Ekaterina Konstantinovna, 1844-1934
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
National American Woman Suffrage Association
National Women's Trade Union League of America
Northrop, Cyrus, 1834-1922
Peabody, George Foster, 1852-1938
Peck, Mary Gray, 1867?-1957
Robins, Margaret Dreier
University of Minnesota--Faculty
Upton, Harriet Taylor