Information for Researchers
Scope and Contents
Title: Louise Sorbier papers
Date (inclusive): 1854-1956
Collection Number: MS 2031
Sorbier, Louise, 1847-1929
7 boxes, 1 flat box
(4.5 Linear feet)
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Comprises correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting
the personal life and official activities of San Francisco suffragist and civic leader Louise Sorbier. The bulk of the collection
consists of correspondence, most of which is addressed to Louise Sorbier. Also contains scattered records of women's and civic
improvement organizations in which Sorbier participated, including the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's Congress
Association of the Pacific Coast, California Suffrage Amendment Campaign Association, Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club,
and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association; correspondence addressed to Cecile Sorbier in her role as president
of the San Francisco Club; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the women's suffrage movement in San Francisco in the
1890s; and newspaper clippings, mainly documenting the women's suffrage and cemetery anti-removal campaigns in San Francisco.
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Louise Sorbier Papers, MS 2031. California Historical Society.
Arranged in three series: Series 1: Papers, 1854-1956; Series 2: Volumes, 1888-1927; Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1893-1928.
The Papers and Newspaper Clippings series are arranged in chronological order.
Sorbier family photographs have been transferred to the Photography Collection, shelved in the Portraits Collection.
Louise Sorbier, née Bacon, was born in 1847 in Paris. She immigrated to San Francisco with her parents as a child. She had
three daughters with her husband, Jules Sorbier: Josephine Sorbier (1873-1899), Cecile Sorbier (1875-1952), and Marie Sorbier
(1877-1947). She and Jules Sorbier divorced in 1877.
Louise Sorbier was a prominent organizer and member of many women's and civic improvement organizations in San Francisco in
the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She served as president of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union,
an organization founded in 1891 to provide women with educational opportunities and vocational training. At the same time,
she was active in the women's suffrage movement of the 1890s, serving as president of the Eleventh Amendment Club, and treasurer
of the Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, the California State Suffrage Constitutional Amendment Association,
and the Women's Suffrage Association. As an officer of these organizations, Sorbier advocated the amendment of the state constitution
to guarantee women's suffrage in California.
In the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s, Louise Sorbier was active in various civic improvement efforts in San Francisco, including
and prominently, the cemetery anti-removal movement. She served as director of the Outdoor Art League, president of the Cemetery
Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association, and vice president of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club. Her daughter Cecile
followed in her footsteps, serving as president of the San Francisco Club and Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park Endowment
Committee, beginning around 1916. Louise Sorbier died in 1929.
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and
ephemera documenting the personal life and official activities of San Francisco suffragist and civic leader Louise Sorbier.
Papers (1854-1956) mainly consist of correspondence addressed to Louise Sorbier. Also included are scattered records of women's
and civic organizations in which Louise Sorbier participated, including the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's
Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, California Suffrage Amendment Campaign Association, Arguello Boulevard Improvement
Club, and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association; as well as correspondence addressed to Cecile Sorbier in her
role as president of the San Francisco Club; Sorbier family wills; other legal documents; and ephemera. Volumes (1888-1927)
include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting the women's suffrage movement and its leaders in San Francisco in the
1890s; the constitution and minutes of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club; and five volumes of Women's Educational and
Industrial Union records, including three ledgers, a membership book, and the Ladies' Finance Committee address book. Newspaper
clippings (1893-1928), taken from various San Francisco newspapers, mainly document the women's suffrage and cemetery anti-removal
campaigns in San Francisco, including the activities of the Woman's Congress, California State Suffrage Constitutional Amendment
Club, Eleventh Amendment Club, Women's Suffrage Association, and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association.
This index is derived from a list of added entries in the legacy finding aid for the Louise Sorbier papers. Names and subject
headings are unauthorized. Dates, when available, indicate the dates of the materials in which names or topics are referenced.
Alemany, Joseph Sadoc
July 21, 1879, October 17, 1882
Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club, San Francisco
California Patriotic League, San Francisco
California State Woman Suffrage Educational Association
Cameron, George Toland
Cameron, Helen (DeYoung)
Catholic Church, San Francisco
Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association, San Francisco
Cemetery Protective Organization, San Francisco
Church and social problems - Catholic Church
Democratic Party, San Francisco
DeYoung, Michael Henri
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco
French in San Francisco
French Mutual Benevolent Society, San Francisco
Gayley, Charles Mills
October 1, 1901
Girls High School, San Francisco
Gleeson, Richard A.
Gordon, Laura deForce, ALS
1895 (Folder 3)
Hibernia Savings and Loan Society, San Francisco
December 29, 1877
Huntington, Collis P.
October 17, 1898
Japanese in San Francisco
Johnson, Hiram W.
September 12, 1923
Mitchell, Ruth Comfort
Native Daughters of the Golden West, Grand Parlor
Odd Fellows Cemetery Association, San Francisco
October 11, 1924
Ramm, Charles A.
September 22, 1899
July 21, 1879, October 17, 1882
Richardson, Friend W.
September 22, 1926
Richmond District, San Francisco
March 14, 1923, January 30, 1926, January 7, 1926
Roullier, Emile Victor
Samuels, D. Dry Goods, San Francisco
San Francisco Club
San Francisco Savings Union
Shaw, Anna Howard
Shortridge, Samuel M.
December 2, 1920
Sorbier, Cecile Marie
Sorbier, Josephine Marie
Sorbier, Jules Edmond
Van Wyck and Cushing
Women's Congress Association, San Francisco
Women's Educational and Industrial Union
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sorbier, Cecile Marie, 1875-1952
Women civic leaders--California--San Francisco.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Gift of the Cecile M. Sorbier Estate through Mr. George H. Cabaniss, Jr. November 1952.
No additions are expected.
Processed by California Historical Society staff; additions processed by Marie Dunlap in 2010.