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Series II. Social and Political Contacts

Scope and Content Notes:

Thomas and Norma Beversdorf were close friends of Mrs. Jennie Bradley Roessing. Thomas gained recognition as a composer and member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His work was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony on several occasions. The material relating to Thomas and Norma Beversdorf includes correspondence, photographs, and music sheets. All of the correspondence in folder 9 was written by Norma Beversdorf.

Carrie Chapman Catt actively campaigned and lectured on behalf of the Woman Suffrage Movement. She served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900 to 1904 and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance from 1904 to 1923. Re-elected to the national association in 1915, she retained that position until her death in 1947. One of her dreams came to fruition in 1920 when women gained the right to vote. Later that year, she contributed to the organization of the National League of Women Voters. Her attention shifted to international peace during the 1920s and 1930s when she became active in the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War. The material relating to Carrie Chapman Catt includes newspaper clippings, a photograph, pamphlets, and some correspondence.

Stanley and Katherine McCormick were a couple from Chicago. The clippings in this collection concern Katherine McCormick's struggle to gain guardianship of her husband, Stanley, who was mentally ill. The material relating to Stanley and Katherine McCormick includes only newspaper clippings.

Hannah Patterson, a close friend and colleague of Roessing, helped organize the Allegheny County Equal Rights Association and a woman suffrage party under the direction of the Pennsylvania Women's Suffrage Association. She also served as auditor for the Equal Franchise Federation of Western Pennsylvania. Patterson served as the Assistant Secretary of War under Newton D. Baker, a trustee of Wilson College, and director of First National Bank in West Newton, Pennsylvania. Like Roessing, Patterson was an active member of the Twentieth Century Club. The material relating to Hannah Patterson includes a biographical sketch and one piece of correspondence.

Judge Sara M. Soffel was a close friend of Jennie Bradley Roessing. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Ms. Soffel served as Assistant City Solicitor of Pittsburgh and was the Director of the Bureau of Women and Children in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Appointed to the County Court of Allegheny County in 1931, she was the first female judge in Pennsylvania. Soffel's participation in various social organizations, including the Pittsburgh Housing Association, the Allegheny County Emergency Relief Board, and UNICEF, added to her reputation as a respected member of the Pittsburgh community.

Subseries 1. General Contacts

Folder 9 Thomas and Norma Beversdorf
Folder 10 Carrie Chapman Catt
Folder 11 Stanley and Katherine McCormick
Folder 12 Hannah J. Patterson

Subseries 2. Judge Sara M. Soffel

Box 3
Folder 1 Material relating to the portrait of her presented to the University of Pittsburgh
Folder 2 Photographs, Biographical Data
Folder 3 Newspaper Clippings, 1932-1961
Folder 4 Speeches