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Ella P. Stewart collection

Repository: Bowling Green State University. Center for Archival Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The two-hour interview was conducted in 1984. One side of the tape has been transcribed; the other side has been summarized.

Collection Description (Extant): The Ella P. Stewart Collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed materials and photographs, spanning from the 1920s to the mid-1980s, which focus on her life as one of the earliest African-American women pharmacists in the United States and as an advocate for civil and women's rights. The bulk of the collection consists of information from Ella Stewart's scrapbooks which cover many topics associated with black history and women's history and include newspaper clippings, photographs, and programs from conferences and banquets. Some of the events covered include her induction into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame (1978), the receipt of her Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toledo (1974), events of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and the Pan-Pacific Women's Association (PPWA), and information on the Ella P. Stewart Elementary School. Other information from her scrapbooks consist of topics of interest to Mrs. Stewart, such as world events, black entertainers, and women and black leaders she admired. One scrapbook is in microfilm format.

The collection also includes some miscellaneous correspondence, minutes, handbooks, the constitution and bylaws of the NACW, conference proceedings of the PPWA, materials associated with the Ella P. Stewart School and a scrapbook about Ella P. Stewart given to her as a birthday present. Also included is a two-hour taped oral interview with Mrs. Stewart in which she documents her own history.

The collection not only gives insight into Mrs. Stewart's interests and concerns but also her own personal feelings about certain topics. In several of her scrapbooks she writes her own editorial comments about how she feels about the subjects she is collecting. This, however, is not the case throughout the entire collection, as certain parts have scattered entries and unclear dates. Overall this collection gives insight into the life of an internationally-known woman who had the courage to overcome the racism she found and worked hard to improve the world around her.

Access Copy Note: Digitized photos from this collection can be found online at

Date(s): 1910-1987

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: MS 203

Extent: 7 boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 rolls microfilm; 1 audio cassette, photographs

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: A related collection of material on Ella Stewart is held at the Ward M. Canaday Center, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Interviewees: Ella P. Stewart

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American businesspeople
African American women civil rights workers--Ohio
African American women--Societies and clubs
African Americans in medicine
African Americans--Civil rights--Ohio
African Americans--Ohio
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (U.S.)
Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.


Sound recordings


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