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Jane C. Grant papers

Identifier: Coll 041

Scope and Contents note

The Jane C. Grant Papers consist of the series: personal correspondence, Lucy Stone League material, manuscripts, war journalism, and personal. matter.

The personal correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Major correspondents include Harold Ross, William B. Harris, Alexander Woollcott, Raoul Fleischmann, Janet Flanner, Hawley Truax, Enrico Caruso, James Thurber, Stanton Griffis, William Lindsay White and E. B. White. A selected name index is included at the end of this inventory.

The Lucy Stone League series includes other women's rights material as well, and consists of correspondence and subject files. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. That relating directly to the subject areas has been left with those files. Major correspondents include Pearl Buck, Frances Perkins, Sophie Drinker, Alma Lutz, Emma Guffey Miller, Doris Stevens, Anna M. Kross, Ashley Montagu, Betty Lou Raskin, Florence Kitchfelt, Eleanor Nichols, Clare Boothe Luce, and Margaret Harriman Case. The subject files contain information on topics such as the ERA, the National Women's Party, the ACLU and also include the internal matters, records, and functions of the Lucy Stone League. These files are arranged alphabetically.

The manuscripts, all typed, are listed in alphabetical order. Of special interest is Miss Grant's account of her early years with Harold Ross entitled Ross, The New Yorker, and Me (New York: Reynal and Company, Inc., 1968). Included with the manuscript is correspondence regarding its publication and some business records of The New Yorker. Also of note is the manuscript, I Saw What I Could, that Miss Grant wrote as an account of her travels in the Soviet Union. Although unpublished, William Harris had it bound for her and it appears in the collection both with the manuscripts and free-standing volumes.

The war journalism section concerns work Miss Grant did for several magazines during World War II. These include American Mercury, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (overseas edition) and The New Yorker (overseas edition). A folder on the Writer's War Board is also included.

The personal material includes genealogical data, memorabilia, and legal documents such as mortgages, deeds, a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, and various contracts. Finally in the collection is printed material including newsclippings of articles and letters written by Miss Grant, a run of the armed forces overseas edition of The New Yorker, and one box of collected printed material relating to women's rights.

One box and one package contain oversize material, including scrapbooks, phonograph records, and artwork.

Photographs include photos from Miss Grant's childhood years in Missouri and Kansas (1892-1910), the World War I period (1918-1920), the time of her marriage to Harold Ross (1920-1929), and her later years when married to William Harris (1939-1972). The collection also contains photo albums of trips to Europe in 1949, and to Egypt, plus a photo album showing the building in 1939 of Miss Grant's and Mr. Harris's home in Litchfield, Connecticut, later called White Flower Farm. Photographs of specific people in addition to Miss Grant include Harold Ross, William Harris, Alexander Woollcott, Enrico Caruso, Carr Van Anda, Neysa McMein, and Marc Connelly.


  • 1911-1972

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Jane C. (Jeanette Cole) Grant was born on May 29, 1892 in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Girard, Kansas. She supplemented her education with voice lessons and went to New York to develop her talent for singing as soon as she graduated from high school.

In 1912, with the help of her landlady, who was a secretary to Carr Van Anda, managing editor of the New York Times, she got a job at the newspaper working in the society department. While working at the Times, she became friends with many of the reporters, including Alexander Woollcott, the drama critic. She eventually worked her way into the city room, where she became the first general assignment woman reporter at the Times.

During World War I, Miss Grant went to France with the Entertainment Department of the Y.M.C.A. In France, through her friendship with Woollcott, she met Harold Ross, then the editor of Stars and Stripes. They were married in 1920. After the war, she returned to her job at the Times.

In 1925, she and Ross with the financial backing of Raoul Fleischmann, founded The New Yorker magazine. Ross became the driving force of the magazine from his position as editor, and was chiefly responsible for making it the success it became. Miss Grant was a consultant to the magazine and during World War II was responsible for producing an overseas edition for the armed forces.

In 1921, Miss Grant, along with Ruth Hale, founded the Lucy Stone League which was dedicated to helping women keep their maiden names after marriage. The organization eventually broadened in scope to include other women's rights causes such as the Equal Rights Amendment. Miss Grant's association and devotion to the women's liberation movement and the Lucy Stone League remained strong the rest of her life.

Miss Grant, having been divorced from Harold Ross in 1929, married William B. Harris, an editor with Fortune magazine in 1939. Together they later established White Flower Farm, a plant nursery that gained a nationwide reputation. Miss Grant died on March 8, 1972 at the age of 79.


15 linear feet (48 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection comprises the papers of Jane Grant, an American journalist and co-founder of the New Yorker magazine. The papers consist of personal correspondence, Lucy Stone League materials, manuscripts, war journalism and personal materials. Major correspondents include Harold Ross, William B. Harris, Raoul Fleischmann, Pearl Buck, and Florence Kitchelt. The Lucy Stone League materials includes women's rights material on the topics of the Equal Rights Ammendment, National Women's Party and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Personal correspondenceSeries II. Lucy Stone LeagueSubseries A. CorrespondenceSubseries B. Subject filesSubseries C. Equal Rights AmendmentSubseries D. Harvard Radcliffe Fund for the Study of Woman Series III. Manuscripts Subseries A. Case HistorySubseries B. A Comedy in 3 ActsSubseries C. Heart of GoldSubseries D. Likely to SuceedSubseries E. Neysa McMeinSubseries F. The Power of a ScentSubseries G. Mary Wilson Preston BiographySubsereis H. Ross, The New Yorker and MeSubseries I. Studio StorySubseries J. Wish on a Star Series IV. War JournalismSubseries A. New Yorker overseas Series V. Personal materialSeries VI. Printed materialSeries VII. Oversize materialSeries VIII. Photographs

General Physical Description note

48 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Francis Keating, Manuscripts Processor.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Selected Name Index

An asterisk (*) indicates the letter of that date is to the person listed. The number in parenthesis following the date of the letter indicates the box and folder location.
Adams, Samuel Hopkins
Bernays, Edward L.
Brandt, Carl (re: Whittaker Chambers)
Buck, Pearl
Caruso, Enrico
Chotzinoff, Samuel
Davenport, Marcia
deMille, Agnes
Drinker, Sophie
Flanner, Janet
Fleischmann, Raoul
Griffis, Stanton
Harriman, Margaret Case
Harris, William B.
Horton, Mildred McAffee
Hull, Cordell
Kitchelt, Florence
Kramer, Dale
Kross, Anna M.
Luce, Clare Boothe
Lutz, Alma
McMein, Neysa
Miller, Emma Guffey
Montagu, Ashley M. F.
Nicholes, Eleanor
Perkins, Frances
Raskin, Betty Lou
Ross, Harold
Sherwood, Robert
Stein, Gertrude and Alice Toklas
Stein, Jules
Stevens, Doris
Thurber, James
Truax, Hawley
White, E. B.
White, William Lindsay
Woollcott, Alexander
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Finding aid written in English.
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Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA