Ryan, Agnes, 1878-1954. Papers, 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 Ryan, 1878-1954
Title: Papers, 1904-1955
Quantity: 7 file boxes, incl. 3 v
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.
Agnes Ryan Papers, 1904-1955; item description, dates. A-46, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Agnes Ryan and her husband, Henry Bailey Stevens, living in Durham, N.H, worked in
close collaboration in all fields. The papers, include her diaries, 1904-1908, the
MS of her unpublished Autobiography and several unpublished novels, and other writings.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unpublished MS., also copy of Henry Bailey Stevens application for Guggenheim fellowship,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. v.1: May 10,1904-May 8, 1908; v.2: May 10,1908-July 2, 1908 (June 1909 notes
written in 1917, Sept. 16,1919)
- 3-10a: Autobiography
- 3. Title page and table of contents.
- 7. p. 246-268, and p.449-492 revision
- 8. p. 269-275, and p.491-511, and various paging revisions.
- 9. p.293-299, and p.512-540,545-564, revision.
- 10. Autobiography, Vol. 2
- 11-39: Writings
- 11. Published pams. Old voices of music, 1931; We women are to blame for war, nd; Primer
for mothers, 1952; Facing the war scare, a world drama, nd.
- 12. Meditations. (Published in Unity) here assembled with add'l material in MS.
- 13. The Burning Bush [poems] in MS. 121p. in binder.
- 15. A Jew in the family. 22p. ts. nd.
- 16. Newspaper articles, club notes and series "The Pilgrim" 1904-1906.
- 17. Platonic letters, 1908. six letters signed by pseud. Ellen Cavaneugh.
- 18. The Torch Bearer, a look forward and back at the Woman's Journal. Pub. Boston, Woman's Journal,,, 1916.
- 19. Smouldering fires - article re suffrage for Boston American. 1918. ts.
- 20. Picture of the youth movement. ts. 1933.
- 21. Speeches, etc. re Peace and Peace Caravan. 1935.
- 22. Fifty Million for Peace. Radio talks, Manchester N.H. 1936-1936.
- 23. Speech at Peterborough, N.H., Nov. 12, 1936.
- 24. Budget the world. 1936 or '37. 8p. ts.
- 25. The Missing Link in Education. 8 p. tcc. [1938?]
- 26. Radio talks on world events. for series, Peace on the air. April 8, 10, 1939.
- 27. Open the Land to the People. [1939-1940?]
- 28. Speeches, articles and reports re Peace, 1939-1952.
- 29. The Cancer Bogey. written after 1940. 114p. ts.
- 30. God and war - an open letter to the Christian Century. 1942.
- 31. This way lies Victory. 1942.
- 32. Speches and articles, etc. re WOMEN FOR WALLACE. 1948.
- 33. Vegetarian writings. ca. 1952-1953.
- 34. "Hodie" or Mad at the universe. May 21, 1954.
- 35. Who can fear too many stars? a novel. 203 p. nd.
- 36. Who can fear too many stars? pages omitted from the above vegetarian novel. ? use
in feminist novel?. nd.
- 37. Three ministers, or The minister's son, or The young minister. 149 p. ts.
- 38. The Young minister. a novel. 173 p. ts [1952 rev ed.] in binder.
- 39. re: The Young Minister. 1952-1953.
- 40-90: CORRESPONDENCE.
- 40-45: Family Corr.
- 40. Corr. with husband, Henry Bailey Stevens 1933- 1954: daughter Patricia Ryan Stevens
1933- 1954; son Peter Ryan Stenens. 1933- 1954.
- 41. Corr. re adoption of Peter and Patsy, 1925-1927.
- 42. Corr. re Selective service and draft status of son, Peter Ryan Stevens, 1942-1945.
- 43. Corr. and miscellany re Peter Ryan Stevens.
- 44. Corr. with family, 1915-1954; Mother - Mary A. Ryan, later, 1924- Mrs. William White;
Father- Stevens; Sister of HBS - Anna Stevens (m. Albert Knauer, 1930); Brother of
HBS - Gray Stevens and daughter Eloise; Aunt of A.R. - Julia Ryan and husband Mike;
Brother of A.R. - John Ryan and wife Eloise; Cousin of A.R. - William Monahan.
- 45. Corr. with and re A.R.'s sister Katherine Ryan, 1916-1951.
- 46-77: Corr. by year.
- 46-57. Corr. by years. 1915- 1932.
- 58. Corr. etc. PENWOMEN. 1932-1933.
- 61. Corr. 1935-1936. re N.H. Peace Union and Emergency Peace Campaign.
- 65. Corr. 1940. - includes corr. re School of Non-Violence
- 66. Corr. 1941 - includes corr. re School of Non-Violence
- 67-77. Corr. 1942 - 1954.
- 78-90: Corr. with individuals.
- 78. Blackwells, Alice, Henry and Emily. 1915-1950 incl. miscellany re Blackwells.
- 79. Cleghorn, Sarah N. 1917-1940.
- 80. Freshel, M.R.L (Emarel) and Curtis, 1923-1929: Millenium Guild
- 81. Freshel, M.R.L (Emarel) and Curtis, 1930-1936: Millenium Guild
- 82. Freshel, 1937-1953. (MRL died Jan.2, 1948): Millenium Guild
- 83. Re: MacDowell Association 1919-1930. incl MacDowell Corr.
- 84. Re: MacDowell Club of Durham. 1933. incl MacDowell Corr.
- 85. Re: MacDowell Assoc. & MacDowell Colony, 1934-1953. Corr.
- 86. re: New Hampshire Council for International Education 1939-includes report and by-laws.
- 87. Prospectus, reports etc. re: New Hampshire Peace Union. 1938-1939.
- 88. Paeff, Bashka 1940-1945
- 89. Stave, Sadie G. 1942-1949 a vegetarian.
- 90. Post-mortem. Letters to Henry Bailey Stevens June 12, 1954 - after death of Agnes
Ryan; includes. biographical material, obits, etc.
- 91-96: MISCELLANY
- 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
School of Non-Violence
Blackwell, Alice Stone
Cleghorn, Sarah N.
Holmes, John Haynes
Freshell Maud R.L.
Stevens, Henry Bailey