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Guide to the Eleanor Elliott Papers, 1768-2006 and undated (bulk 1951-2006)

Abstract

Eleanor "Elly" Elliott was a women's rights activist, a board member of NOW's Legal Defense and Education Fund, a Barnard College Board Member, served on the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs and was an editor at Vogue magazine.

These materials consist of personal papers from the Elliott family and administrative files from Elliott's work in various women's rights organizations and philanthropic activities. It also includes photographs, scrapbooks and some audio/visual materials.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
Creator
Elliott, Eleanor, 1926-2006
Title
Eleanor Elliott papers 1768-2006 and undated (bulk 1951-2006)
Language of Material
English
Extent
54 Linear Feet, 40,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

These papers consist of personal materials from the Elliott family and administrative files from Elliott's work in various women's rights organizations and philanthropic activities. Includes some material regarding her husband, Jock Elliott, former chairman of the Ogilvy and Mather advertising firm. The collection contains scrapbooks and photographs, as well as reel-to-reel audiotapes that require reformatting before use.

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Contents of the Collection

These materials document Eleanor Elliott's family, including her mother, Dorothy Q. Thomas.

Files are arranged by subject, and by alphabetical, then chronological arrangement within those subjects.

Correspondence - 1922-2004 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence - Birth of Eleanor Elliott, 1926
Box 1
Correspondence - Death of James A. Thomas, 1940 (3 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence - Death of Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1987-1988 (3 folders)
Box 1
Estate papers - 1936-1988 (2 folders)
Box 2
Estate papers - Thomas Family Genealogy, 1976-1977
Box 2
Estate papers - Dorothy Q. Thomas U/A Seventh of the Will, 1987
Box 2
Estate papers - Christie's Estate Sale, 1988 (4 folders)
Box 2
Photos - 1920-1980 and undated (2 folders)
Box 3
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - 1910-1958 (4 folders)
Box 3
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - 1950-2000 and undated (3 folders)
Box 4
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - John Foster Dulles Oral History Project, 1964-1966 (2 folders)
Box 4
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - Death of Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1987
Box 4
Oversize - San Francisco Chronicle, April 18, 1906 and 1956 (2 folders)
Box 5
Oversize - Photograph of Dorothy Q. Thomas at wedding of her daughter Eleanor Thomas and Jock Elliott, 1956
Box 5
Genealogical material, 1768-1972 and undated Dulles Oral History, 1956-1973
Box 47
Columbia University Oral History plus other writings and draft memoir
Box 48

This series contains material documenting Eleanor Elliott's work with various organizations as well as her philanthropic activity.

This series is divided into three subseries: Correspondence, Research Files, and Writings and Speeches.

Board hassle, 1973
Box 6
Barnard correspondence, 1990-2006
Box 6
Barnard current, 1990-1992
Box 6
Foundation for Child Development correspondence, 2003-2006
Box 6
New York Hospital Correspondence, 1991-2006 (2 folders)
Box 6
Woodrow Wilson Correspondence, 1994-2006 (2 folders)
Box 7
Miscellaneous professional correspondence, 1951-2003
Box 7
Altschul, Mr. Arthur G-Chairman, Board of Trustees-Barnard, 1977-1979
Box 7
Barnard College - Bill McGill, undated
Box 7
Barnard College - Board of Trustees, 1974-1975
Box 7
Barnard College Board of Trustees, 2006
Box 7
Barnard College By-Laws, 1975-1977
Box 7
The Campaign for Barnard, 1993
Box 7
Barnard College Centennial, 1988-1989
Box 7
Barnard College Centennial, 1988-1989
Box 8
Development background material, 1966
Box 8
Development, 1970s-1990s (4 folders)
Box 8
Eleanor Thomas Elliott Hall dedication, 1992 (3 folders)
Box 8
Barnard College - Eleanor Thomas Elliott Scholarship recipients, 1999
Box 8
Barnard College Executive Committee, 1976-1977
Box 9
Feminism, 1969
Box 9
Finance salaries, 1975-1976
Box 9
Funds and grants, 1976-1978
Box 9
Fund raising, 1971
Box 9
Long range planning, 1969-1976
Box 9
Miscellaneous, 1975-1976
Box 9
Missions and goals, 1976
Box 9
Nominating committee, 1974-1979 (3 folders)
Box 9
Inauguration of President Mattfield, 1976
Box 9
President Jacqueline A. Mattfield, 1976-1981
Box 9
Barnard College - Operational budget, 1975-1977 (2 folders)
Box 10
Barnard College personnel, 1975-1978
Box 10
Barnard College reunions and anniversaries, 1993-2002
Box 10
Barnard residence halls, 1988-2002
Box 10
Barnard Presidential search committee, 1975-1980
Box 10
Barnard College Student Affairs Committee, 1975-1976
Box 10
Barnard College students, 1975-1979
Box 10
Barnard College talks, 1976
Box 10
Barnard College Women's Center background, 1970-1971
Box 10
Barnard-Columbia relations, 1970s (7 folders)
Box 11
Barnard-Columbia relations, 1970s-1990s
Box 12
Celanese reports, 1974-1985 (3 folders)
Box 12
Duke visit, 2002
Box 12
Feminism, 1970-1983 (3 folders)
Box 12
Feminism, 1976-1983
Box 13
Foundation for Child Development - Brim, Dr. Orville G., Jr., 1977-1980
Box 13
Grant FDN matter, 1978-1979
Box 13
Miscellaneous, 1975-1978
Box 13
National survey, 1976-1977
Box 13
Personal manual, 1977-1981
Box 13
Chronological files, 1995-1999 (3 folders)
Box 13
Helen Reid biography, 1990-1993
Box 13
John Foster Dulles, undated
Box 13
Miscellaneous, 1968-2006 (2 folders)
Box 14
NACWEP correspondence, 1982-1983
Box 14
New York Hospital Bylaws, 1953-1971
Box 14
Cornell Union Joint Agreement, 1977
Box 14
Files, 1987
Box 14
New York State Republican Women Legislators Action Network, 1979
Box 14
NOW/Feminism, 1984-1987 (2 folders)
Box 14
Saint Margaret's Chapel Project, 1980-2006
Box 14
Scudder, Stevens and Clark Correspondence, 1975-1979
Box 14
Sulzberger biography, 1992-1993
Box 14
United Way of New York City, 1992-1993
Box 14
Women in business, 1976-2005 and undated
Box 15
Women's Health Symposium, 1987-1995 (3 folders)
Box 15
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1982-1990
Box 15
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1991-1994 (3 folders)
Box 15
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1991-2002
Box 16-18
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1998-1999
Box 19
Woodrow Wilson Foundation 50th anniversary, 1995
Box 19
Woodrow Wilson Foundation visiting fellows, 1983-1984
Box 19
Zissner, 1998-1999
Box 19
Barnard College, 1973-1998
Box 49
Celanese Corporation, 1974-1976
Box 49
CIT Directorships, 1978
Box 50
Duke Honors, 2002
Box 50
Foundation for Child Development, 1979-2004
Box 50
National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, 1981-1984
Box 50
New York Hospital, 1982-1994
Box 51
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1990
Box 51
Oggi Magazine, September 1953
Box 51
V.S. Marines, 2004-2005
Box 51
Chronological files, 1973-2005 (3 folders)
Box 51
Chronological files, 2002-2005
Box 52
Writings and Speeches, 1953-2006

Eleanor Elliott's writings consist of published pieces in Glamour, Vogue, Town and Country and by the Feminist Press. They also include files from an unpublished memoir. Speeches were given at the following institutions and events, among others: The National Conference of Christians and Jews, The National Association of Fund Raising Executives, Colony Club, New York Association for the Blind, Columbia Graduate School of Business, International House of New York, Women's Forum Meeting, Forum for Women Directors, New York Junior League, Planned Giving Group of New York, Center for the Study of Philanthropy, Women and Money Conference, New York Hospital, St. Nicholas Society, United Hospital Fund, Women's Health Symposium, Meeting of Women and Foundations-Corporate Philanthropy; Celanese Forum for Women Directors.

Box 52
Elly writing, 1953-2003
Box 19
Glamour, April 1960 and Vogue, September 1961
Box 19
Vogue, June 1973 and Town and Country, 1975
Box 19
Speech notebook, undated
Box 19
Barnard College, 1970s
Box 20
Speeches, 1971-1985 (5 folders)
Box 20
Memoir files, 1934-2006 and undated (6 folders)
Box 21
Speeches by others, 1971-1979
Box 21
Speeches, 1977-2006
Box 22-23, 52

Bound scrapbooks are arranged in original order, with original numbering noted in Roman Numerals by their creators. Scrapbooks missing from the Roman Numeral sequence were not received as part of this collection. Loose materials intended to be mounted in the scrapbooks is included in Box 37. Materials include clippings, photographs, correspondence, programs and miscellaneous printed items.

Scrapbook I - Eleanor Elliott, 1944-1950
Box 24
Scrapbook II - Thomas Family, 1923-1928; Scrapbook X - Read Family clippings, 1851-1892
Box 25
Scrapbook IV - Eleanor Elliott, 1932-1941
Box 26
Scrapbook V - James A. Thomas, 1890-1920
Box 27
Scrapbook VI - James A. Thomas, 1930-1939
Box 27A
Scrapbook VII - James A. Thomas, 1890-1920
Box 28
Scrapbook XI - Eleanor and Jock Elliott, 1956-1959
Box 29
Scrapbook XIV - James A. Thomas, 1930-1938, including dedication of Duke University's Thomas Room; Scrapbook XXIV - Eleanor Elliott, 1956-1978
Box 30
Scrapbook XVI - James A. Thomas, 1920-1929
Box 31
Scrapbook XVII - Eleanor Elliott, 1951-1952
Box 32
Scrapbook XX - Eleanor Elliott, 1948-1956
Box 33
Scrapbook XXII - Eleanor Elliott, Washington, D.C., 1953
Box 34
Scrapbook XXVIII - Eleanor Elliott, 1958-1960
Box 35
Scrapbook XXVIII - Eleanor Elliott, debut year, 1943-1944
Box 36
Scrapbook documenting Duke University's Thomas Room, 1942
Box 37
Loose materials, 1940-1941
Box 37
Loose materials from Scrapbook I, 1941-1948
Box 37
Loose materials, 1949-1965 (2 folders)
Box 37
Clippings, 1973-1997
Box 37
Photographs of young Eleanor Elliott, undated
Box 37
Scrapbook IX - Snapshots and portraits, 1920s-1940s
Box 41
Scrapbook XI - 1890s-1900s, James A. Thomas, Sr. tobacco
Box 42
Scrapbook XII - Dorothy Q. Thomas
Box 43
Scrapbook XIII - James A. Thomas, Sr., 1920s-1930s
Box 44
Scrapbook XXV - Jock and Eleanor wedding album, 1956
Box 45
Jock Elliott tribute scrapbook
Box 46

Legal and Financial papers consist of the Elliott and Thomas estate papers, wills, appraisals of property, and legal correspondence regarding the estates of the families.

Legal and financial papers
Box 53-56
Memorabilia and ephemera
Box 39
Memorabilia and ephemera from various family events, travel itineraries and journals, and articles about Eleanor Elliott and Jock Elliott, among other items
Box 57-66
New York Hospital Life Governor Award, 1996
Box 87
Recipes
Box 88
Jock Elliott memorabilia from Apollo 11 launch
Box 89

Correspondence is divided into four subseries: Personal, Jock and Eleanor Elliott, Family, and Funeral and Sympathy. Within these subseries, correspondence is arranged in rough chronological order, unless otherwise specified.

Noted correspondents include Richard Rogers, David Ogilvy and Louis Auchincloss.

1935-1970s (9 folders)
Box 67
1974-2006 (9 folders)
Box 68
Eleanor Elliott's 75th birthday, 2001 (5 folders)
Box 69
Correspondence between Eleanor and Jock Elliott, June-July 1956
Box 40
Wedding correspondence, 1956
Box 40
Assorted correspondence, 1988-2004 and undated
Box 40
Correspondence between Jock and Elly, 1948-1989 and undated (5 folders)
Box 70
Correspondence between Jock and Elly, 1950-2005 and undated (6 folders)
Box 71
Jock and Elly's 10th and 30th anniversary correspondence and photos (6 folders)
Box 72
Correspondence to Jock Elliott from Elly, 1949-2005 and undated
Box 73
Letters between Jock and Eleanor Elliott, 1956-2005 and undated
Box 73
Letters from Germany, France and England, 1951
Box 38
Eleanor and Jock Elliott's letters from Italy, 1958
Box 38
Assorted personal correspondence, 1951-1993
Box 38
Family correspondence, 1980-1995 (3 folders)
Box 38
Thomas Family - James A. Thomas, Jr., 1937-1970s
Box 74
Thomas Family, 1940-2007 and undated (2 folders)
Box 74
Thomas Family, Eleanor F. Lansing to Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1922-1933 (3 folders)
Box 74

Includes correspondence to Eleanor Elliott's family after her death, as well as correspondence written to Eleanor Elliott after the passing of her husband, Jock and her brother, James A. Thomas, Jr.

2006-2007 (4 folders)
Box 75
Funeral programs and memorabilia, 2006 (2 folders)
Box 76
Funeral planning, 2006
Box 76
Jock Elliott funeral and sympathy, 2005
Box 76
James A. Thomas, Jr. funeral and sympathy, 2000
Box 76
Jock Elliott condolences, A-H (8 folders)
Box 76
Jock Elliott condolences, I-W (12 folders)
Box 77
Jock Elliott condolences, X-Z
Box 78

Photographs, 1870-2007

(10 boxes, 1 folder)

Photographs are arranged in rough chronological order unless otherwise indicated.

1870-1950s (4 folders)
Box 78
1950s
Box 79
Jock and Eleanor Elliott wedding photos, London, 1956
Box 79
1960s
Box 79
1970s
Box 79
1980s and 1990s and undated
Box 80
1984-1985
Box 80
Dedication of Staffa, 1986
Box 80
1990s and undated
Box 80
1992
Box 80
2000s and undated
Box 81
75th birthday party, Saint Regis Hotel, NYC, April 26, 2001 (2 folders)
Box 81
Portraits, 1930s-1990s (3 folders)
Box 81
Misc. photos
Box 82
Images from Christmas book, undated
Box 82
Photo negatives
Box 82
Elly and Jock photo album
Box 82
2000s photo album
Box 82
Remembering Elly - February 28, 2007, Barnard College
Box 82
Celebrating the birth of Eleanor Lansing Thomas
Box 82
1980s and 1990s snapshots
Box 83-84
2000s snapshots
Box 85
Photo album of Jock and Eleanor in Kinlochan, Scotland
Box 85
Elly, c. 1960
Box 87
Oversize photos, 1930s-2000s
Box 90
Oversize photos
Oversize Folder 1
Reel to reel tapes, c. 1964 containing interviews with various family members
Box 86
DVD - Lifetime achievement award presented to Elly and Jock at the 2007 New York Red Cross Ball
Box 86
DVD - Foundation for Child Development Annual Dinner, 2007
Box 86

Historical Note

Eleanor Lansing Thomas "Elly" Elliott was a women's rights advocate who is best-known for successfully fighting Columbia University's attempt to take over Barnard College in the early 1970s. She served on the Barnard Board of Trustees for over 40 years beginning in 1959. She was President of the Board from 1973 to 1976. In the early 1950's, she served as the social secretary to the U.S. Secretary of State and her cousin, John Foster Dulles. In the 1970s she began serving on the board of directors of the Celanese Corporation. She was also a board member of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund. In the 1980s, she served on the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs. In the early 1990s, she was chairwoman of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She was a Life Trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a Life Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. She received an honorary doctorate of letters from Duke University in 2002 for her "advocacy for women in health and education." Her husband of 48 years, Jock Elliott, was a former chairman of the advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather.

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Related Material

Materials related to Elliott's husband, Jock, can be found in the Jock Elliott Papers. Materials related to Elliott's father, James A. Thomas, can be found in the James Augustus Thomas Papers.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eleanor Elliott Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Eleanor Elliott Papers were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library as a gift in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Krensky and Megan Lewis, February 2011

Encoded by Alexandra Krensky and Megan Lewis, February 2011

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

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