Guide to the Eleanor Elliott Papers, 1768-2006 and undated (bulk 1951-2006)
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.
- Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
- Elliott, Eleanor, 1926-2006
- Eleanor Elliott papers 1768-2006 and undated (bulk 1951-2006)
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- 54 Linear Feet, 40,500 Items
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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.
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library to use this 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
Correspondence - Birth of Eleanor Elliott, 1926
Correspondence - Death of James A. Thomas, 1940 (3 folders)
Correspondence - Death of Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1987-1988 (3 folders)
Estate papers - 1936-1988 (2 folders)
Estate papers - Thomas Family Genealogy, 1976-1977
Estate papers - Dorothy Q. Thomas U/A Seventh of the Will, 1987
Estate papers - Christie's Estate Sale, 1988 (4 folders)
Photos - 1920-1980 and undated (2 folders)
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - 1910-1958 (4 folders)
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - 1950-2000 and undated (3 folders)
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - John Foster Dulles Oral History Project, 1964-1966 (2 folders)
Scrapbooks and memorabilia - Death of Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1987
Oversize - San Francisco Chronicle, April 18, 1906 and 1956 (2 folders)
Oversize - Photograph of Dorothy Q. Thomas at wedding of her daughter Eleanor Thomas and Jock Elliott, 1956
Genealogical material, 1768-1972 and undated Dulles Oral History, 1956-1973
Columbia University Oral History plus other writings and draft memoir
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.
Barnard correspondence, 1990-2006
Barnard current, 1990-1992
Foundation for Child Development correspondence, 2003-2006
New York Hospital Correspondence, 1991-2006 (2 folders)
Woodrow Wilson Correspondence, 1994-2006 (2 folders)
Miscellaneous professional correspondence, 1951-2003
Altschul, Mr. Arthur G-Chairman, Board of Trustees-Barnard, 1977-1979
Barnard College - Bill McGill, undated
Barnard College - Board of Trustees, 1974-1975
Barnard College Board of Trustees, 2006
Barnard College By-Laws, 1975-1977
The Campaign for Barnard, 1993
Barnard College Centennial, 1988-1989
Barnard College Centennial, 1988-1989
Development background material, 1966
Development, 1970s-1990s (4 folders)
Eleanor Thomas Elliott Hall dedication, 1992 (3 folders)
Barnard College - Eleanor Thomas Elliott Scholarship recipients, 1999
Barnard College Executive Committee, 1976-1977
Finance salaries, 1975-1976
Funds and grants, 1976-1978
Long range planning, 1969-1976
Nominating committee, 1974-1979 (3 folders)
Inauguration of President Mattfield, 1976
President Jacqueline A. Mattfield, 1976-1981
Barnard College - Operational budget, 1975-1977 (2 folders)
Barnard College personnel, 1975-1978
Barnard College reunions and anniversaries, 1993-2002
Barnard residence halls, 1988-2002
Barnard Presidential search committee, 1975-1980
Barnard College Student Affairs Committee, 1975-1976
Barnard College students, 1975-1979
Barnard College talks, 1976
Barnard College Women's Center background, 1970-1971
Barnard-Columbia relations, 1970s (7 folders)
Barnard-Columbia relations, 1970s-1990s
Celanese reports, 1974-1985 (3 folders)
Feminism, 1970-1983 (3 folders)
Foundation for Child Development - Brim, Dr. Orville G., Jr., 1977-1980
Grant FDN matter, 1978-1979
National survey, 1976-1977
Personal manual, 1977-1981
Chronological files, 1995-1999 (3 folders)
Helen Reid biography, 1990-1993
John Foster Dulles, undated
Miscellaneous, 1968-2006 (2 folders)
NACWEP correspondence, 1982-1983
New York Hospital Bylaws, 1953-1971
Cornell Union Joint Agreement, 1977
New York State Republican Women Legislators Action Network, 1979
NOW/Feminism, 1984-1987 (2 folders)
Saint Margaret's Chapel Project, 1980-2006
Scudder, Stevens and Clark Correspondence, 1975-1979
Sulzberger biography, 1992-1993
United Way of New York City, 1992-1993
Women in business, 1976-2005 and undated
Women's Health Symposium, 1987-1995 (3 folders)
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1982-1990
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1991-1994 (3 folders)
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1991-2002
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1998-1999
Woodrow Wilson Foundation 50th anniversary, 1995
Woodrow Wilson Foundation visiting fellows, 1983-1984
Barnard College, 1973-1998
Celanese Corporation, 1974-1976
Foundation for Child Development, 1979-2004
National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, 1981-1984
New York Hospital, 1982-1994
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1990
Oggi Magazine, September 1953
Chronological files, 1973-2005 (3 folders)
Chronological files, 2002-2005
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.
Glamour, April 1960 and Vogue, September 1961
Vogue, June 1973 and Town and Country, 1975
Speeches, 1971-1985 (5 folders)
Memoir files, 1934-2006 and undated (6 folders)
Speeches by others, 1971-1979
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
Scrapbook II - Thomas Family, 1923-1928; Scrapbook X - Read Family clippings, 1851-1892
Scrapbook IV - Eleanor Elliott, 1932-1941
Scrapbook V - James A. Thomas, 1890-1920
Scrapbook VI - James A. Thomas, 1930-1939
Scrapbook VII - James A. Thomas, 1890-1920
Scrapbook XI - Eleanor and Jock Elliott, 1956-1959
Scrapbook XIV - James A. Thomas, 1930-1938, including dedication of Duke University's Thomas Room; Scrapbook XXIV - Eleanor Elliott, 1956-1978
Scrapbook XVI - James A. Thomas, 1920-1929
Scrapbook XVII - Eleanor Elliott, 1951-1952
Scrapbook XX - Eleanor Elliott, 1948-1956
Scrapbook XXII - Eleanor Elliott, Washington, D.C., 1953
Scrapbook XXVIII - Eleanor Elliott, 1958-1960
Scrapbook XXVIII - Eleanor Elliott, debut year, 1943-1944
Scrapbook documenting Duke University's Thomas Room, 1942
Loose materials, 1940-1941
Loose materials from Scrapbook I, 1941-1948
Loose materials, 1949-1965 (2 folders)
Photographs of young Eleanor Elliott, undated
Scrapbook IX - Snapshots and portraits, 1920s-1940s
Scrapbook XI - 1890s-1900s, James A. Thomas, Sr. tobacco
Scrapbook XII - Dorothy Q. Thomas
Scrapbook XIII - James A. Thomas, Sr., 1920s-1930s
Scrapbook XXV - Jock and Eleanor wedding album, 1956
Jock Elliott tribute scrapbook
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
Memorabilia and ephemera from various family events, travel itineraries and journals, and articles about Eleanor Elliott and Jock Elliott, among other items
New York Hospital Life Governor Award, 1996
Jock Elliott memorabilia from Apollo 11 launch
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.
Eleanor Elliott's 75th birthday, 2001 (5 folders)
Correspondence between Eleanor and Jock Elliott, June-July 1956
Wedding correspondence, 1956
Assorted correspondence, 1988-2004 and undated
Correspondence between Jock and Elly, 1948-1989 and undated (5 folders)
Correspondence between Jock and Elly, 1950-2005 and undated (6 folders)
Jock and Elly's 10th and 30th anniversary correspondence and photos (6 folders)
Correspondence to Jock Elliott from Elly, 1949-2005 and undated
Letters between Jock and Eleanor Elliott, 1956-2005 and undated
Letters from Germany, France and England, 1951
Eleanor and Jock Elliott's letters from Italy, 1958
Assorted personal correspondence, 1951-1993
Family correspondence, 1980-1995 (3 folders)
Thomas Family - James A. Thomas, Jr., 1937-1970s
Thomas Family, 1940-2007 and undated (2 folders)
Thomas Family, Eleanor F. Lansing to Dorothy Q. Thomas, 1922-1933 (3 folders)
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.
Funeral programs and memorabilia, 2006 (2 folders)
Jock Elliott funeral and sympathy, 2005
James A. Thomas, Jr. funeral and sympathy, 2000
Jock Elliott condolences, A-H (8 folders)
Jock Elliott condolences, I-W (12 folders)
Jock Elliott condolences, X-Z
Photographs are arranged in rough chronological order unless otherwise indicated.
Jock and Eleanor Elliott wedding photos, London, 1956
1980s and 1990s and undated
Dedication of Staffa, 1986
75th birthday party, Saint Regis Hotel, NYC, April 26, 2001 (2 folders)
Portraits, 1930s-1990s (3 folders)
Images from Christmas book, undated
Elly and Jock photo album
Remembering Elly - February 28, 2007, Barnard College
Celebrating the birth of Eleanor Lansing Thomas
1980s and 1990s snapshots
Photo album of Jock and Eleanor in Kinlochan, Scotland
Oversize photos, 1930s-2000s
Reel to reel tapes, c. 1964 containing interviews with various family members
DVD - Lifetime achievement award presented to Elly and Jock at the 2007 New York Red Cross Ball
DVD - Foundation for Child Development Annual Dinner, 2007
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Eleanor Elliott Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.
The Eleanor Elliott Papers were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library as a
gift in 2007.
Processed by Alexandra Krensky and Megan Lewis, February 2011
Encoded by Alexandra Krensky and Megan Lewis, February 2011
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