1 bound volume and 1 Hollinger box; 2.75 linear feet
The Stella Bloch Hanau Scrapbook was compiled by Miss Bloch (class of 1911) preceding, during, and after her years as Barnard student. Most material is pertinent to Barnard College, but some is from her time at Wadleigh High School. The scrapbook is conserved, and there is a custom box containing three dimensional and fragile memorabilia, including the original scrapbook binding. The scrapbook contains black and white photographs, both professional and candid.
Stella Bloch was born July 24th, 1890 in New York City. After attending Wadleigh High School in Manhattan, she majored in English literature at Barnard College, participating in the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, Deutscher Kreis, the College Settlements Association, and acting as the secretary-treasurer for the Barnard chapter of the Collegiate Equal Suffrage League of New York State. Bloch graduated in 1911. In 1914, she married Leo Hanau, a German immigrant. She was active in experimental theater productions, in the WPA (where she worked as the staff editor for the “WPA Writers’ Project”), and was also an early advocate of birth control and Planned Parenthood. She was under suspicion for communist leanings in the late 1940s by the Loyalty Board of the Department of Commerce, instigated by her leftist politics and Jewish heritage. Hanau died in 1972.
The Stella Bloch Hanau Scrapbook consists of a conserved scrapbook and separately housed physical memorabilia. The scrapbook starts in 1905 with programs, invitations to events, and photographs from her years at Wadleigh High School and continues through her attendance at Barnard and into her time as an alumna still involved in the school. The scrapbook is notable for its carefully hand-lettered subject headings, and for the detailed record of theatrical productions that Hanau was involved in. It contains handwritten musical scores, cast lists and changes, black and white photographs of performances and rehearsals, reminder notes for meetings of casts and crews, and many programs. The scrapbook also contains a bib and various freshman class paraphernalia (a sunflower, a green scarf) from the 1907 Mysteries; various botanical specimens; dance cards; black and white photographs of costumes, picnics, and various other events; invitations to Barnard events; information relating to the Women’s Liberation front and a broadside advertising mass meeting in honor of Emmeline Pankhurst; and a program for “What Every Barnardite Knows—A Fit in 5 Spasms from the Bulldog to the Bear” dating to 1910. The scrapbook ends in 1913, two years after Hanau’s graduation.
This scrapbook has no restrictions.
This scrapbook is located on-site.
Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the scrapbook must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Barnard College Archives
Lehman Hall Room 19
New York, NY 10027
Tags: 1858-1928. Suffragettes., Barnard College, Barnard College--Alumni and alumnae., Barnard College--student life., Emmeline, H, Pankhurst, Scrapbooks--1900-1910., Scrapbooks--1910-1920., Student activities, Suffragettes., Women college students--New York (State)--New York, Women's Colleges--New York (State)--New York