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M-133, reel E27-28; A-68, Series XII

Stewart, Ella Jane Seass, 1871-1945. Papers of Ella Jane Seass Stewart in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: M-133, reel E27-28; A-68, Series XII
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ella Jane Seass Stewart, 1871-1945
Title: Papers of Ella Jane Seass Stewart in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939
Date(s): 1895-1939
Quantity: 28 folders
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Chicago lecturer and suffragist Ella Jane Seass Stewart.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 56-121

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: June 1990
By: Kim Brookes, Bert Hartry, Katherine Kraft, Jane Ward

Access Restrictions:

Access. ORIGINALS CLOSED. USE MICROFILM. REQUEST AS: M-133, REEL E27-28.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ella Jane Seass Stewart 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 Jane Seass Stewart Papers in the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1895-1939; item description, dates. A-68, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

BIOGRAPHY

Chicago lecturer and suffragist Ella Jane (Seass) Stewart was born February 22, 1871, in Arthur, Illinois, the daughter of F. Levi and Elizabeth (Powell) Seass. Stewart received an A.B. from Eureka College in 1890, and then married classmate Oliver W. Stewart, who later became an Illinois state senator. She earned another A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1892, and an A.M. from Eureka in 1893. Stewart was a lecturer for the franchise department of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union in Chicago, 1898-1908; vice president of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association (IESA), 1902-1905; president of Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, 1905-1911; and recording secretary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), 1908-1911. She went on many suffrage speaking tours.
In addition to her suffrage activities, Stewart was a member of the Chicago Woman's Club, the Woman's City Club, and the American Association of University Women; vice chair, department of social and industrial conditions, General Federation of Women's Clubs (1918-1920); and a trustee of Eureka College. She also directed the Woman's Department of the University State Bank, Hyde Park, and was director of the Association of Chicago Bank Women.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This series consists of correspondence, clippings, minutes of National American Woman Suffrage Association and other organizations, biographical documents, flyers, scrapbooks, photographs, a contract for an oratorical contest, and articles by Ella Jane Seass Stewart and others. As well as documenting Stewart's suffrage activities, it provides information about the woman suffrage campaign in Illinois and elsewhere, the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and National American Woman Suffrage Association. The correspondence includes letters from many well-known suffragists and is primarily about suffrage work and speaking engagements, although many letters are also personal.

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Additional Index Terms

Temperance--United States
Women--Suffrage--Illinois
Women--Suffrage--United States
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Anthony, Lucy Elmina
Avery, Rachel Foster, 1858-1919
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926
Clay, Laura, 1849-1941
Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947
Dillon, Mary Earhart, collector
Gardener, Helen H. (Helen Hamilton), 1853-1925
Gordon, Kate M., 1861-1932
Grim, Harriett E.
Harbert, Elizabeth Boynton, 1845-1925
Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931
Illinois Equal Suffrage Association
Iowa Equal Suffrage Association
McCulloch, Catherine Waugh, 1862-1945
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Upton, Harriet Taylor
Woman's Christian Temperance Union

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