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Women in the Early Years of the Berry Schools

Elisabeth Achelis

Philanthropist, 1880-1973

Elisabeth Achelis started a movement promoting adoption of The World Calendar after attending a lecture in 1929 by Melvyl Dewey on the necessity of simplifying life. She became the President of the World Calendar Association at its inception in 1930, and continued to be the lead spokesperson for the adoption of that plan of calendar reform for the rest of her life. The Association was funded by her personal fortune and donations.

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Ethel Armes

Journalist and historian, 1876-1945

Ethel Marie Armes was a journalist and author who wrote for the Chicago Chronicle, Washington Post, and the Birmingham Post-Herald. She also wrote several books, including The Story of Coal and Iron in Alabama and Stratford Hall: The Great House of the Lees. In 1925 she adopted Catherine Claiborne, a ten year old girl for whom she'd been a foster parent. The Martha Berry correspondence includes a December 1928 letter from Catherine, as well as a January 1929 letter from Ethel Armes imploring Berry to take Catherine as a student (Berry declined).

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Margaret Fitzhugh Browne

Margaret Fitzhugh Browne (1884-1972) was an American artist, most well-known as a portrait painter. Browne's portraits of Martha Berry and Martha Freeman were included in exhibits of her work at the Ainslie Galleries in New York, Dec. 1-16, 1926, and in October 1929 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Louise Brigham Chisholm

Louise-brigham-ca1912.jpgDesigner and teacher, 1875-1956

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Margaret French Cresson

File:Margaret French Cresson, American sculptor, 1889-1973, standing beside bust of Nathalie Osborn.jpgMargaret French Cresson (1889–1973) was an American sculptor. She studied under her father Daniel Chester French’, as well as Abastenia St. Leger Eberle and George Demetrios. She was a student at the New York School of Applied Design for Women and exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery, Whitney Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

For several months in 1929-1930, correspondence and negotiations flew between Cresson, Martha Berry, and Boston architect Harry J. Carlson in relation to a "portrait bust" of Berry that Cresson was to create. In the end, Berry decided that funds and time were too short and discontinued the project. On May 9, 1930, she wrote to Cresson "So many things have happened since our correspondence in regard to the portrait bust that I have been obliged to let the matter drop." On the same day she told Carlson that she was sure Cresson would understand, and "I have not had the work done by anyone else."

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Willie Snow Ethridge

Georgia-born journalist Willie Snow Ethridge (1900-1983) wrote about Martha Berry, including an article published in Psychology Magazine. In 1930 she reminded Berry of her promise to take her along on a trip through the mountains of North Georgia and Tennessee when Berry was "casting about for unusual pupils." During this same period Etheridge was actively involved in the anti-lynching movement. Working primarily within the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, Ethridge both wrote and spoke about lynching and its implications for African Americans and poor whites. (Civil Rights Digital Library)

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Elisabeth Marbury

Theatrical and literary agent and producer, 1856-1933

Correspondence from 1930 between Marbury and Berry focuses on Marbury's attempts to obtain product endorsements for Berry, in particular "Palm Olive Beads." Berry recalls her first meeting with Marbury, describing her, along with Ann Morgan, as among of the earliest friends she made in New York.

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Emily Vanderbilt Hammond

1873 - 1960

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Kate Macy Ladd

(1863-1945)

Correspondence with Martha Berry

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Others

Alice Nielsen (June 7, 1872 - March 8, 1943) a Broadway performer and operatic soprano who had her own opera company and starred in several Victor Herbert operettas.

Helen Miller Gould Shepard (June 20, 1868 – December 21, 1938) an American philanthropist.

Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker (1861–1938) clubwoman, woman suffrage advocate, author, and lecturer.

Three Arts Club 

NYT article

Ida Tarbell

 Ida M. Tarbell to Martha Berry, January 20, 1920, Dickinson College Archive

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