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White, Sallie Joy. Papers of Sallie Joy White, 1828-1936: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-126
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sallie Joy White
Title: Papers of Sallie Joy White, 1828-1936
Date(s): 1828-1936
Quantity: 2.59 linear feet (4 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio+ photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs, etc., of Sallie Joy White, the first woman journalist in Boston.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 453
Gift of Mrs. Stanley Talbet, 164 Monroe Street, Dedham, Massachusetts and Mrs. Rhoda Hansen, Box 341, Miles City, Montana. Received June 1962.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sallie Joy White 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:

Sallie Joy White Papers, 1828-1936; item description, dates. A-126, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Sallie Joy White Additional papers, 1881-1935 (inclusive), 1881-1908 (bulk) (M-146).


The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to Fogg Art Museum, drawing department:


Sallie Joy was the first woman journalist in Boston when she became a special reporter for the Boston Post in 1870 to cover Woman Suffrage Conventions and related activities. In 1874, Sallie Joy married the singer, Henry Keith White, Jr., but domestic concerns interrupted her career only briefly. Until shortly before her death, she advised on fashion and household problems, making famous the pseudonym Penelope Penfeather, and continued to report woman's rights activities and local news, particularly for the Boston Herald.


Sallie Joy White's papers consist of family correspondence, letters received from notables of the day, and volumes of clippings of her newspaper articles and columns. In addition, the collection includes papers of her daughter Grace Eliner Joy White (Mrs. Chester Pratt).


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Massachusetts--Social life and customs
Women journalists
Women's rights
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
Ames, Oliver, 1831-1895
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Artist's Guild
Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922
Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Blake, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1840-1907
Carrington, Henry Beebee, 1824-1912
Claflin, William, 1818-1905
Curtis, George William, 1824-1892
Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916
Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970
Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905
Elliott, Maud Howe, 1854-1948
Fawcett, Edgar, 1847-1904
Field, Kate, 1838-1896
Fiske, John, 1842-1901
Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852-1930
Gillett, William, 1855-1937
Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920
Hale, Lucretia P. (Lucretia Peabody), 1820-1900
Hale, Philip Leslie, 1865-1931
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
Joy, Rhoda Elizabeth
Liebe, Terese
Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924
Long, John Davis, 1838-1915
Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913
Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1825-1908
New England Woman's Press Association
Palmer, George Herbert, 1842-1933
Perry, Nora, 1831-1896
Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911
Pratt, Grace Elinor Joy White
Redpath, James, 1833-1891
Roche, James Jeffrey, 1847-1908
Rudersdorff, Hermine, 1822-1882
Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth Prescott, 1835-1921
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Todd, Mabel Loomis, 1856-1932
Warren, John Collins, 1842-1927
West, Julia Houston
White, Henry Keith
Whiting, Lilian, 1847-1942
Whitney, A. D. T. (Adeline Dutton Train), 1824-1906
Willard, Frances E. (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898
Winslow, William C. (William Copley), 1840-1917