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Elfreda Ransome papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00663

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of photographs and correspondence between Elfreda Ransome and members of her family, including her brother and parents; her paternal grandparents residing in England and Germany; and numerous aunts, uncles and other members of the extended family. These materials document over one hundred years of family history, including both World Wars. There is extensive correspondence by Elfreda Ransome, who served in the U.S. WAC during World War II; her brother, Ralph Ransome, who served in the U.S. Navy; as well as several other enlisted men. The family was well-to-do and regularly traveled around Great Britain and continental Europe, and the photographs in the collection offer a correspondingly rich visual history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century family life in that time and place. The collection also includes a small amount of biographical material pertaining to several members of the extended family, as well as photographs of Elfreda Ransome in her role as an elementary school teacher in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dates of Materials

  • 1830-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that he owns copyright, Sterling L. Rathsack has assigned the copyright Elfreda Ransome's papers to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by [donor/creator], researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Elfreda Mabel Ransome was born in England, the daughter of Mabel and Bernard Ransome. She had a younger brother, Ralph. The family emigrated to the U.S. circa 1910 and settled in the Chicago, Illinois area. They regularly visited family members in Europe, most often Bernard Ransome's parents, Arthur James Ransome and Ida Schelp Ransome. Elfreda Ransome pursued a teaching career in the Chicago area public elementary schools. She also served in the United States Women's Air Corps during World War II. Elfreda Ransome died in Florida sometime in the late 1960s.

Extent

7.604 linear feet (11 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Elfreda Mabel Ransome was born in England and emigrated to the U.S. with her family circa 1910. They settled in the Chicago, Illinois area and traveled regularly to visit family members in Europe. Ransome pursued a teaching career in the Chicago area public elementary schools and served in the United States Women's Air Corps during World War II. She died in Florida sometime in the late 1960s. This collection consists primarily of photographs and correspondence between Elfreda Ransome and members of her family, including her brother and parents; her paternal grandparents residing in England and Germany; and numerous aunts, uncles and other members of the extended family. These materials document over one hundred years of family history, including both World Wars. There is extensive correspondence written by Ransome, who served in the U.S. WACs during World War II; her brother, Ralph Ransome, who served in the U.S. Navy; as well as several other enlisted men. The family was well-to-do and regularly traveled around Great Britain and continental Europe, and the photographs in the collection offer a correspondingly rich visual history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century family life in that time and place. The collection also includes a small amount of biographical material pertaining to several members of the extended family, as well as photographs of Elfreda Ransome in her role as an elementary school teacher in the 1950s and 1960s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Elfreda Ransome Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2010 by Sterling L. Rathsack who purchased the collection at a moving sale.

Title
Finding aid to the Elfreda Ransome papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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