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Finding Aid to the Louise Sorbier Papers, 1854-1956, MS 2031
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Series 1:  Papers 1854-1956

Extent: 5.0 boxes

Scope and Contents

Documents the personal lives and civic activities of Louise Sorbier and her daughter Cecile Sorbier. Includes correspondence, mostly addressed to Louise Sorbier; scattered records of women's and civic organizations in which Louise and Cecile Sorbier participated; legal documents; and ephemera.
Papers spanning the years 1854 to 1899 include letters to Louise Sorbier, in English and French, as well as scattered records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, and California Suffrage Amendment Campaign Association.
Papers spanning the years 1900 to 1921 include letters to Louise and Cecile Sorbier, as well as scattered records of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Association and Cemetery Beautification and Anti-Removal Association. The bulk of the correspondence addressed to Cecile Sorbier concerns her work as president of the San Francisco Club and Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park Endowment Committee.
Legal documents include the wills of Louise Sorbier and her daughters, Cecile and Marie Sorbier.
Box 1, Folder 1

1854-1889

Box 1, Folder 2

1890-1894

Scope and Contents

Includes the annual report of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1888-1889, and the constitution and by-laws of the Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific, 1894.
Box 1, Folder 3

1895

Box 1, Folder 4

1896-1897

Scope and Contents

Includes annual reports of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1896-1897 and 1897-1898.
Box 1, Folder 4A

Women's Suffrage Vote 1896

Box 1, Folder 5

1898-1899

Box 1, Folder 6

1900-1906

Box 2, Folder 7

1907-1909

Box 2, Folder 8

1910

Box 2, Folder 9

1911

Scope and Contents

Includes minutes of the Depositors Mutual Aid and No Fee Association of the California Safe Deposit and Trust Company.
Box 2, Folder 10

1912 January-June

Box 2, Folder 11

1912 July-December

Box 2, Folder 12

1913 January-March

Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten copy of the constitution of the Cemetery Protective Association and Handbook of the California Legislature.
Box 3, Folder 13

1913 April-December

Box 3, Folder 14

1914 January-July

Scope and Contents

Includes report of the Committee appointed by the Conference of Cemetery Protectors to Interview Mayor Rolph.
Box 3, Folder 15

1914 August-December

Box 3, Folder 16

1915 January-April

Scope and Contents

Includes Handbook of the California Legislature.
Box 3, Folder 17

1915 May-December

Box 4, Folder 18

1916

Box 4, Folder 19

1917

Scope and Contents

Includes minutes of the Cemetery Protective Association.
Box 4, Folder 20

1918-1919

Box 4, Folder 21

1920

Box 4, Folder 22

1921

Box 5, Folder 23

1922-1948

Box 5, Folder 24

Family wills 1926-1956

Scope and Contents

Includes the wills of Christine Breon (1926), Louise Sorbier (1928), Gaston Bacon(1929), and Cecile Sorbier (1949).
Box 5, Folder 25-26

undated

 

Series 2:  Volumes 1888-1927

Extent: 10.0 volumes

Scope and Contents

Comprises ten bound volumes of notes, newspaper clippings, and records documenting Louise Sorbier's personal life and official activities. Volume one, a scrapbook of clippings from various San Francisco newspapers, includes articles about the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's Congress, and other women's suffrage organizations in San Francisco and California in the 1890s. Also included are biographical sketches and portraits of Sorbier herself, Anna H. Shaw, Sarah B. Cooper, Susan B. Anthony, Charlotte Perkins Stetson, and other prominent suffragists. Volume two comprises the constitution and minutes of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club (formerly the First Avenue Improvement Club), of which Sorbier served as vice president. Volumes three, four, and five consist of Sorbier's calligraphy and French notebook, address book, and personal expenses and address book, respectively. Volumes six, seven, eight, nine, and ten are records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, of which Sorbier served as president. These include three ledgers (volumes six, seven, and eight): educational courses and union accounts, 1890-1902, which lists the organization's courses and instructors; lunch room and cooking school accounts, 1889-1892; and the treasurer's ledger, 1888-1902. Volumes nine and ten are the membership book and Ladies Finance Committee address book of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, respectively.
Oversize Box 1

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1893-1897

Scope and Contents

Includes a detailed index of women's names found in Louise Sorbier's scrapbook.

Processing Information

Pages from Louise Sorbier's scrapbook have been removed from their original binding and encapsulated in mylar.
Box 6, Folder 1

Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club Constitution and Minutes 1909-1927

Box 6, Folder 2

Calligraphy and French notes undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Address book undated

Box 6, Folder 4

Personal expenses and address book 1874

 

Subseries 2.1:  Women's Educational and Industrial Union records 1894-1902

Extent: 5.0 volumes
Box 6, Folder 5

Ledgers 1888-1902

Extent: 3.0 volumes

Scope and Contents

Ledgers include accounts of classes taught by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union.
Box 6, Folder 6

Membership book 1894-1899

Box 6, Folder 7

Ladies Finance Committee address book undated

 

Series 3:  Newspaper Clippings 1893-1928 Bulk, 1898-1921

Extent: 1.0 box

Scope and Contents

Taken from the San Francisco Call, Chronicle, Examiner, Monitor, Post, Daily News, Fillmore District News, Mission Enterprise, and other San Francisco newspapers, clippings in this series document the activities of many of the women's suffrage and civic improvement organizations in which Louise Sorbier participated, including and prominently, the Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association.
Newspaper clippings published between 1893 and 1898 primarily concern the women's suffrage movement in San Francisco, including the activities of the Woman's Congress, California State Suffrage Constitutional Amendment Club, Eleventh Amendment Club, and Women's Suffrage Association. Also included are clippings about Susan B. Anthony, Anna Shaw, and P.C. Yorke ("Father Yorke").
Newspaper clippings published between 1912 and 1921 primarily concern cemetery anti-removal efforts in San Francisco, especially the activities of the Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association, founded in 1915 with Sorbier as president. Also included are clippings about Mount Saint Joseph's Orphanage (1911), the California Safe Deposit and Trust lawsuit (1912), and the Outdoor Art League (1904-1916).
Box 7, Folder 1

1893-1894

Box 7, Folder 2

1895-1898

Box 7, Folder 3

Outdoor Art League 1904-1916

Box 7, Folder 4

1907-1910

Box 7, Folder 5

1911

Box 7, Folder 6

1912-1913

Box 7, Folder 7

1914

Box 7, Folder 8

1915-1917

Box 7, Folder 9

1918-1920

Box 7, Folder 10

1921

Box 7, Folder 11

1924-1928

Box 7, Folder 12

Undated