Edna Gellhorn Papers
Scope and Contents
Also included in the collection are photocopies of her correspondence with Eleanor Roosevelt from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, New York 12538. There are also photocopies of Edna Gellhorn Papers from the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College, 3 James Street, Cambridge, Mass. The Gellhorn Collection consists of eighteen boxes, plus an oversize section.
- Gellhorn, Edna Fischel, 1878-1970 (Person)
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She was active in the women's suffrage movement and n 1920 became a founder and first vice president of the National League of Women Voters. She also served on the national League’s board and as president of the St. Louis and Missouri Leagues. Mrs. Gellhorn helped form and worked actively in the United Nations Association, the National Municipal League, and the American Association of University Women. During World War I, she served as regional director of the food rationing programs. She was also a Civil Service Commissioner, and had worked vigorously to achieve the merit system and other moves to improve public services. She had served on the St. Louis Board of Children's Guardians and on the Board of the St. Louis Urban League. Reforms which she actively worked to achieve were the Missouri minimum wage law, improved educational facilities, elimination of child labor and improved election laws. She was one of the founders of John Burroughs School and was the first president of the College Club. In 1968, Washington University created the Edna Fischel Gellhorn Professorship of Public Affairs, a chair endowed by admirers.
At age 79, she was selected as Woman of Achievement by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Edna Gellhorn died September 24, 1970 at the age of 92.
19.00 Linear Feet
24 boxes (1 drawer)
Language of Materials
This collection is divided into eleven series as follows:
Series 01: League of Women Voters (arranged alphabetically by subject)
Series 02: United Nations (arranged alphabetically by subject)
Series 03: General Files (arranged alphabetically by subject)
Series 04: Correspondence (arranged chronologically 1896-1970, plus undated)
Series 05: Gellhorn Family (arranged alphabetically by last name then by subject)
Series 06: Fischel Family (arranged alphabetically by last name then by subject)
Series 07: Miscellaneous (arranged by material type)
Series 08: Scrapbooks, Publications, Tape of Speech (arranged by material type)
Series 09: Posters, Photographs, and Miscellaneous (arranged by material type, size and then alphabetically)
Series 10: Photocopies of Correspondence between Edna Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt, 1935 – 1962 from Hyde Park Library
Series 11: Photocopies of materials in the Gellhorn Collection, Women's Archive, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.
Method of Acquisition
- Edna Gellhorn Papers
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- 2021 March 26: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.
Collecting Area Details
Part of the University Archives Collecting Area
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130 US