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Hannah Ann Zell Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: ZEL
The contents of Hannah Ann Zell's scrapbook attests to the sense of civic responsibility held and practiced by women during the last quarter of 19th century. As a resident of Germantown, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Zell devoted her scrapbook to the Centennial Exhibition held in that city in 1876, as well as to the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art and the Associate Committee of Women, which primarily raised funds on behalf of the school. Miss Zell took an active role in this committee as well as its predecessor, the Women's Centennial Committee. Her scrapbook consists of clippings, ephemera and occasional correspondence.

Dates

  • 1873-1904, undated

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Hannah Ann Zell Scrapbook is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Extent

0.25 linear foot

Overview

Hannah Ann Zell devoted her scrapbook to the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876, as well as to the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art and the Associate Committee of Women, which primarily raised funds on behalf of the school. Her scrapbook, which consists of clippings, ephemera and occasional correspondence, attests to the civic spirit of women of the period.

Historical Note

Because of their successful efforts on behalf of the 1876 Exhibition, the Women's Centennial Executive Committee was invited in March 1883 by the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art to become associated with the Board. This group of women, organized at that time as the Committee of Charities, became the Associate Committee of Women to the Board of Trustees. The museum's School of Industrial Art became the committee's chief benefactor of its fund-raising events and endowment fund drives.

Hannah Ann Zell was an active member in both women's organizations. She was involved with the Centennial Committee, which was formally organized in May 1873, no later than March 1876, when she was elected chairman of the 22nd Ward. She was an active member of the Museum's Associate Committee until approximately 1905, and remained an honorary member for the next six years, until she died at the age 91. Born January 17, 1820 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hannah Ann Zell lived out her life in Germantown, a suburb of the city. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse and was secretary of the Field Hospital Association. She also participated in the Great Central Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, held in Philadelphia in June 1864 to raise funds for Union soldiers. In addition to her work with the Centennial and Associate Committees, Ms. Zell was also an advocate for libraries, and took part in establishing 16 facilities. Along with her sister Jane, Ms. Zell founded the Germantown Library and Historical Society in 1864 in order to offer residents a general public library. At the time, the Quaker Friends Library did not offer works of fiction or popular magazines. Ms. Zell served as its president until her death. She was also a vice president of the Site and Relic Society, precursor to the present-day Germantown Historical Society.

Works Consulted

  1. Germantown crier 2 (fall 2005): 54. Stackhouse, Eugene Glenn. "Hannah Ann Zell (1820-1911)."
  2. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Includes undated clipping "From the women, by the women," regarding Germantown library. Hannah Ann Zell Scrapbook.
  3. 35th Annual Report (Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art) (Year ending May 31, 1911):57-59. Report of the Associate Committee of Women, 1910-1911.
  4. Eighth Annual Report (Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art) (Year ending Dec. 31, 1883). The report of the Trustees.

Alternative Format Available

The scrapbook was microfilmed by Archives of American Art. Reel 4557. A copy is available in the Museum's Library.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Hannah Ann Zell Scrapbook
Author
Finding aid prepared by Bertha Adams
Date
©2009
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services
Edition statement
03/20/2009

Revision Statements

  • 9/20/2004: Kat Stefko: Updated links from "mellon-archives" to "archives.'
  • 1/20/2006: Susie Anderson: New nodes and citation
  • 3/15/2006: Bertha Adams: Completely rewritten and rehoused during move project
  • 3/15/2006: Bertha Adams: Completely rewritten and rehoused during move project
  • 6/11/2007: Bertha Adams: June 11, 2007

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Contact:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States