Ida Tarbell papers
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- Tarbell, Ida (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
She taught for a few years at Poland Union Seminary, in Poland, Ohio, and worked for The Chatauquan, a home-study teaching guide based in Meadville, Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1891. She left her job, traveling to Paris to study the role of women in the French Revolution. While there, she supported herself by writing occasional articles for Scribner's magazine and by 1892, McClure's, including a series of articles on Napoleon Bonaparte that was published in book form in 1895. She also wrote biographies of Madame Roland (1896) and Abraham Lincoln (1900), but remains best known for her scathing expose, The History of Standard Oil (1904). She was an assistant editor of McClure's from 1894 to 1906. She was one of a group of investigative journalists (dubbed "muckrakers" by Theodore Roosevelt) who owned and edited the American Magazine from 1906 to 1915. She then lectured on the Chautauqua circuit until 1932, speaking on a variety of topics and occasionally writing articles for magazines.
Though a supporter of women's rights early in her career, she did not support women's suffrage, a position that caused friction between her and those she worked with on a variety of causes. She suffered from Parkinson's disease in her later years and died in Bridgeport, Connecticut on 6 January 1944.
2 boxes (1 linear feet)
- I. Biographical Materials
- II. Correspondence
- III. Writings
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- American Magazine
- Boyden, Albert Augustus, 1875-1925--Correspondence
- Brower, Charles D., 1863-1945
- Davis, J. McCan (John McCan), 1866-1916--Correspondence
- Huntington, Dorothy P.
- Journalism -- United States -- 20th century
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- McClure's magazine
- Phillips, John Sanborn, 1861-1949--Correspondence
- Tarbell, Ida
- Women -- Suffrage -- United States
- Women and war -- United States
- Women authors
- Women journalists -- United States
- Ida Tarbell papers
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- Kara M. McClurken
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