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MC 858

Owens, Helen Brewster, 1881-1968. Additional papers of Helen Brewster Owens, 1882-1958: 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.: MC 858
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Owens, Helen Brewster, 1881-1968
Title: Additional papers of Helen Brewster Owens, 1882-1958
Date(s): 1882-1958
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and memoir re: suffrage campaign in Kansas, writings re: women in science and mathematics by suffragist and mathematician Helen Brewster Owens and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2006-M192
These additional papers of Helen Brewster Owens were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 2006 by her great granddaughter, Susan Aitcheson.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2016
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Brewster Owens 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:

Helen Brewster Owens Additional papers, 1882-1958; item description, dates. MC 858, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Helen Brewster Owens Papers, 1867-1948 (A-147).

BIOGRAPHY

Suffragist and mathematician, Helen Barten (Brewster) Owens was born on April 2, 1881, in Pleasanton, Kansas, the daughter of Clara (Linton) and Robert Edward Brewster. Her mother, a teacher, was president of the Linn County Women's Suffrage Association, and in 1893 Owens, then a young girl, helped her distribute suffrage literature at the county fair. In 1910 Owens received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where her husband, Frederick William Owens, was a professor of mathematics. She served as chair of the Resolutions Committee for the New York State Woman Suffrage Association (1910), organized the College Equal Suffrage League at Cornell (1911) and was a paid organizer and chair of the Sixth Judicial District for the Empire State Campaign Committee (1913-1916). She also campaigned for suffrage in Kansas (1911-1912). Owens taught math at Wells College in Aurora, New York (1914-1917) and at Cornell (1917-1922). She was associate editor of American Mathematical Monthly and conducted research on women in mathematics and sciences.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection consists largely of correspondence, a memoir, typescripts, and flyers documenting her suffrage work, mostly in Kansas. Also included are writings by Owens and others (some are fellow members of Sigma Delta Epsilon) on women's education and women in mathematics and the sciences.

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Additional Index Terms

Memoirs
Women mathematicians
Women scientists
Women--Education
Women--Suffrage--Kansas
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Kansas Equal Suffrage Association
National American Woman Suffrage Association
New York State Woman Suffrage Association
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919

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