Ryan, Agnes E., 1878-1954. Papers of Agnes E. Ryan, 1904-1955: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2006 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-46
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Agnes E. Ryan, 1878-1954
Title: Papers of Agnes E. Ryan, 1904-1955
Quantity: 2.92 linear feet (7 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, etc., of Agnes E. Ryan, writer and managing
editor of the Woman's Journal.
Accession numbers: 56-100, 76-230, 1208
Gift of Prof. Henry Bailey Stevens, Mill Road, Durham, New Hampshire. Received May 1956.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Agnes E. Ryan as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Agnes Ryan Papers, 1904-1955; item description, dates. A-46, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Agnes E. Ryan was managing editor of the Woman's Journal, 1910-1917, at which time she and her husband, Henry Bailey Stevens, moved to Durham,
New Hampshire, where she did freelance writing and pursued her interests in peace,
non-violence, and vegetarianism.
The papers, include Agnes E. Ryan's diaries, 1904-1908, the manuscript of her unpublished
Autobiography and several unpublished novels, and other writings. There is correspondence
with the Blackwells re the Woman's Journal; with Marian MacDowell and others re the MacDowell Association; re the American Penwomen,
her work for peace, including the School of Non-Violence, and re her vegetarian interests
with the Freshels who established the Millenium Guild.
- Box 1: folders 1-10
- Box 2: folders 11-34
- Box 3: folders 35-39
- Box 4: folders 40-57
- Box 5: folders 58-77
- Box 6: folders 68-82
- Box 7: folders 83-96, vol. 3
- 1. Biographical materials including family genealogy, obituaries, list of published and
unpublished MS., also copy of Henry Bailey Stevens application for Guggenheim fellowship,
- 2. Diaries. volume 1: May 10,1904-May 8, 1908; volume 2: May 10,1908-July 2, 1908 (June
1909 notes written in 1917, September 16,1919)
- 3. Autobiography. Title page and table of contents.
- 4. Autobiography. Part I pages1-93
- 5. Autobiography. Part II, pages 94-156
- 6. Autobiography. Part III, pages 157-245
- 7. Autobiography. Pages 246-268, and pages 449-492 revision
- 8. Autobiography. Pages 269-275, and pages 491-511, and various paging revisions.
- 9. Autobiography. Pages 293-299, and pages 512-540,545-564, revision.
- 10. Autobiography. Autobiography, Volume 2
- 10a.Autobiography. Epilogue.
- 11. Writings. Published pamphlets. Old voices of music, 1931; We women are to blame
for war, nd; Primer for mothers, 1952; Facing the war scare, a world drama, n.d.
- 12. Writings. Meditations. (Published in Unity) here assembled with additional material
- 13. Writings. The Burning Bush [poems] in manuscript. 121 pages in binder.
- 14. Writings. Miscellaneous poems
- 15. Writings. A Jew in the family. 22 pages, typescript, n.d.
- 16. Writings. Newspaper articles, club notes and series "The Pilgrim" 1904-1906.
- 17. Writings. Platonic letters, 1908. six letters signed by pseud. Ellen Cavaneugh.
- 18. Writings. The Torch Bearer, a look forward and back at the Woman's Journal. Published Boston, Woman's Journal, 1916.
- 19. Writings. Smouldering fires - article re suffrage for Boston American. 1918. Typescript.
- 20. Writings. Picture of the youth movement. Typescript. 1933.
- 21. Writings. Speeches, etc. re Peace and Peace Caravan. 1935.
- 22. Writings. Fifty Million for Peace. Radio talks, Manchester New Hampshire. 1936-1936.
- 23. Writings. Speech at Peterborough, New Hampshire, November 12, 1936.
- 24. Writings. Budget the world. 1936 or 1937. 8 pages. Typescript.
- 25. Writings. The Missing Link in Education. 8 pages. Typescript carbon copy. [1938?]
- 26. Writings. Radio talks on world events. for series, Peace on the air. April 8, 10,
- 27. Writings. Open the Land to the People. [1939-1940?]
- 28. Writings. Speeches, articles and reports re Peace, 1939-1952.
- 29. Writings. The Cancer Bogey. written after 1940. 114p. Typescript.
- 30. Writings. God and war - an open letter to the Christian Century. 1942.
- 31. Writings. This way lies Victory. 1942.
- 32. Writings. Speches and articles, etc. re WOMEN FOR WALLACE. 1948.
- 33. Writings. Vegetarian writings. ca. 1952-1953.
- 34. Writings. "Hodie" or Mad at the universe. May 21, 1954.
- 35. Writings. Who can fear too many stars? a novel. 203 pages, n.d.
- 36. Writings. Who can fear too many stars? pages omitted from the above vegetarian novel.
? use in feminist novel?, n.d.
- 37. Writings. Three ministers, or The minister's son, or The young minister. 149 pages.
- 38. Writings. The Young minister. a novel. 173 pages. Typescript [1952 revised edition]
- 39. Writings. Re: The Young Minister. 1952-1953.
- 40. Correspondence with husband, Henry Bailey Stevens 1933- 1954: daughter Patricia Ryan
Stevens 1933- 1954; son Peter Ryan Stevens. 1933- 1954.
- 41. Correspondence re adoption of Peter and Patsy, 1925-1927.
- 42. Correspondence re Selective service and draft status of son, Peter Ryan Stevens, 1942-1945.
- 43. Correspondence and miscellany re Peter Ryan Stevens.
- 44. Correspondence with family, 1915-1954; Mother - Mary A. Ryan, later, 1924- Mrs. William
White; Father- Stevens; Sister of Henry Bailey Stevens - Anna Stevens (married Albert
Knauer, 1930); Brother of Henry Bailey Stevens - Gray Stevens and daughter Eloise;
Aunt of Agnes E. Ryan - Julia Ryan and husband Mike; Brother of Agnes E. Ryan - John
Ryan and wife Eloise; Cousin of Agnes E. Ryan - William Monahan.
- 45. Correspondence with and re Agnes E. Ryan's sister Katherine Ryan, 1916-1951.
- 46-57. Correspondence by years. 1915- 1932.
- 58. Correspondence etc. PENWOMEN. 1932-1933.
- 59-60. Correspondence. 1933-1935.
- 61. Correspondence. 1935-1936. re New Hampshire Peace Union and Emergency Peace Campaign.
- 62-64. Correspondence. 1936- 1939
- 65. Correspondence. 1940. - includes correspondence re School of Non-Violence
- 66. Correspondence. 1941 - includes correspondence re School of Non-Violence
- 67-77. Correspondence. 1942 - 1954.
- 78. Correspondence. Blackwells, Alice, Henry and Emily. 1915-1950 includes miscellany
- 79. Correspondence. Cleghorn, Sarah N. 1917-1940.
- 80. Correspondence. Freshel, M.R.L (Emarel) and Curtis, 1923-1929: Millenium Guild
- 81. Correspondence. Freshel, M.R.L (Emarel) and Curtis, 1930-1936: Millenium Guild
- 82. Correspondence. Freshel, 1937-1953. (MRL died January2, 1948): Millenium Guild
- 83. Correspondence. Re: MacDowell Association 1919-1930. includes MacDowell Correspondence
- 84. Correspondence. Re: MacDowell Club of Durham. 1933. includes MacDowell Correspondence
- 85. Correspondence. Re: MacDowell Associates & MacDowell Colony, 1934-1953.
- 86. Correspondence. Re: New Hampshire Council for International Education 1939-includes
report and by-laws.
- 87. Correspondence. Prospectus, reports etc. re: New Hampshire Peace Union. 1938-1939.
- 88. Correspondence. Paeff, Bashka 1940-1945
- 89. Correspondence. Stave, Sadie G. 1942-1949 a vegetarian.
- 90. Correspondence. Post-mortem. Letters to Henry Bailey Stevens June 12, 1954 - after
death of Agnes Ryan; includes biographical material, obituaries, etc.
- 91. Re F.O.R. (Fellowship of Reconciliation); Student Peace Service, Report 1939; Richard
Gregg's statement re refusal to obey Selective Service Act of 1942.
- 92. Re Progressive Party of New Hampshire, 1948.
- 93. Re School of Non-Violence, 1940-1941. includes reports, prospectus, etc.
- 96. Re Women's Peace societies, 1920-1952.
- v. 3. Scrapbook re Peace, 1935-1940
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
American literature--20th century
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Blackwell, Emily, 1826-1910
Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
Cleghorn, Sarah Norcliffe, 1876-1959
Edward MacDowell Association
Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956
Manuscripts (for publication)
Paeff, Bashka, 1893-1979
Park, Alice, 1861-1961
School of Non-Violence
Sharpe, M. R. L. (Maud Russell Lorraine), 1867-1949
Stevens, Henry Bailey