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Edith A. Sternfeld (1898-1990) Scrapbook

Identifier: 31/6/55

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Scope and Contents

The materials in the Edith Sternfeld scrapbook date between 1917 and 1921 and document Sternfeld's social and academic life at Northwestern University.

The scrapbook has a purple cloth cover with a Silver “N” inscribed on the front, and the pages are laced in with a white leather thong. The book, identified on the first page as Memory and Fellowship Book, was published by the College Memory Book Company, Chicago, IL.

In addition to blank pages for photographs and ephemera, the scrapbook contains a number of pre-printed pages on which the owner and her friends could record specific information. All of these sections were filled in by Sternfeld, providing much additional detail about her friends and her activities. These pages include Date, Name, Home Address, Birthday/ Anniversary, and Happy Thoughts (including information much like that found in an autograph book); Comparative Athletic Record (here, Sternfeld listed the 1918-1919 Northwestern football team); School and Social Functions (including a notation of the Woman's League Welcome Party of October 4, 1918 and President's Reception of June 17, 1919); Clubs and Societies (Sternfeld became a member of the Lauren Literary Society in March 1918 and member of Sigma Sigma, February 19, 1919); Memorable Trips; My Favorites (listing favorite Classes, Books, Friends, etc. for the years 1917-1918 and 1918-1919); Professors I Have Met (listing some of Sternfeld's professors, the courses she took, including the marks she received, and Hobbies and Favorite Stories of the person listed); and Dates and Doings (including events between September 30, 1918 through June 24, 1919).

After the information sections begins the “body” of the scrapbook which contains memorabilia, well-captioned photographs, drawings, doodles directly on the scrapbook pages, programs from events (musical, theatrical, and academic), ticket stubs, dance cards, newspaper clippings relating to campus happenings and friends' activities, invitations, and notes from friends. Of note are the many lapel pins included in the book, which document Sternfeld's involvement in many organizations, most of them relating to World War I (such as the United War Work Campaign, the Red Cross, Fatherless Children of France). Sternfeld was especially active in the YWCA.

The main body of the book concludes with a copy of Miss Sternfeld's Senior Class book of 1921.

Inserted in the back of the scrapbook are what appear to be pages of photographs from another scrapbook (but covering the same date span). These pages are black as opposed the gray pages of the book bound with leather. As in the main scrapbook, the inserted pages contain photographs, programs, and other ephemera, that are well captioned. Dating from April 1921-August 1921, these pages focus more specifically on activities of her senior year and graduation.


  • 1917-1921


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


1.00 Volumes

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The materials in the Edith Sternfeld scrapbook date between 1917 and 1921 and document Sternfeld's social and academic life at Northwestern University.

Method of Acquisition

This scrapbook was donated to the University Archives by Kathleen D. Javaheri, great niece of Edith Alice Sternfeld, on September 23, 1999, as Accession #99-170.

Related Materials

Additional biographical information about Edith Sternfeld can be found in the Northwestern University Alumni Biographical Files (University Archives); she is also listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who of American Women, and the Directory of American Scholars.

Processing Information

Vanessa L. Smith; December 1999

Guide to the Edith A. Sternfeld (1898-1990) Scrapbook
Vanessa L. Smith
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US