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Collection Overview
Title:Sara R. Ehrmann papers
Dates: 1845-1993 (bulk 1924-1988)
Location:65/1-2, 66/3-4, FF5/D8
Call Number:M39
Volume:43.80 cubic ft. (49 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents capital punishment in the United States in the twentieth century, the activities of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, and Sara Ehrmann's work opposing capital punishment. It includes case files of prisoners (mainly those condemned to death), material related to the American League and Massachusetts Council, files documenting capital punishment in each state, and collected published and unpublished material on capital punishment and related subjects. The collection also includes a limited amount of biographical information on Sara Ehrmann.
Historical Abstract:Sara R. Ehrmann (1895-1993) was a Boston-area civic leader best known for her work as an opponent of capital punishment. Ehrmann's career as a capital punishment abolitionist began in 1925 when her husband Herbert B. Ehrmann became an associate counsel for Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder and condemned to death. Sara Ehrmann was a key leader of the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (1928-1969) and the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment (1949-1969). She was also active in organizations serving prisoners, notably the United Prison Association and Friends of Framingham. In addition, she was active in Jewish and women's organizations and in civic life in the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Arrangement:Insert arrangement statement Organized into 6 series: 1. Geographical Files; 2. Subject Files; 3. Case Files; 4. Organizations; 5. Personal Files; and 6. Audio/Visual Materials.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ehrmann, Sara R., 1895-1993
  • Arsenault, Henry P., 1927-
  • Bedau, Hugo Adam
  • Bonomi, Dominick L.
  • Chapin, Kenneth R., 1937-
  • Chessman, Caryl, 1921-1960
  • Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938
  • Ehrmann, Herbert Brutus, 1891-1970
  • Facente, Antonio, 1946-1979
  • Kerrigan, John J., b. 1919
  • Lawes, Lewis, 1884?-1947
  • Lee, Edward H., 1916-
  • Neal, Don J., 1920?-1955
  • Pierce, Vivian
  • Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927
  • Tracy, Charles E.
  • van Waters, Miriam, 1887-1974
  • Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927

  • American League to Abolish Capital Punishment
  • Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
  • Anti-Capital Punishment League
  • Capital Punishment Information Services
  • Citizens Against Legalized Murder
  • Massachusetts Correctional Association
  • Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty
  • Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty Fund
  • Massachusetts Correctional Council
  • Norfolk Lifers Group
  • United Prison Association of Massachusetts

  • Capital punishment
  • Criminal law
  • Criminals
  • Death row inmates
  • Discrimination and capital punishment
  • Executions and executioners
  • Prison Administration -- Massachusetts
  • Prison reformers -- Massachusetts
  • Prisoners
  • Prisons
  • Sacco-Vanzetti trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
  • Violent crimes
Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jane McCavitt, September 1982

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents capital punishment in the United States in the twentieth century, the activities of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council to Abolish the Death Penalty, and also Sara R. Ehrmann's work opposing capital punishment. It includes case files of prisoners (mainly those condemned to death), material related to the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, files documenting state-specific abolition activity, and collected published and unpublished information about capital punishment, crime, criminal justice, prisons and prisoners. The collection also includes biographical information on Ehrmann, including correspondence, notes, and a limited amount of information related to her activities in Jewish and women's organizations.

Researchers should be aware that there is overlap between some of the series in the collection, in particular Series 1 (Geographical Files) and Series 2 (Subject Files). Correspondence to or from Ehrmann, the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment, or the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty is concentrated in Series 4 and 5, but it can also be found in other series, particularly in series 2, subseries B and series 3. More detailed information on overlap can be found in the series summaries.

Historical Note

Sara R. Ehrmann was a Boston-area civic leader who for many years led the battle to abolish and then prevent the return of capital punishment in Massachusetts. Her efforts also extended nationwide. Her career as a capital punishment abolitionist began in 1925 when her husband Herbert B. Ehrmann became an associate counsel for Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder and condemned to death. Ehrmann reacted to the perceived injustice of the Sacco and Vanzetti case by waging a single-minded campaign to abolish capital punishment.

The Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty was founded in 1927 in the wake of the Sacco and Vanzetti case. Ehrmann joined its board in 1928 and was a key leader of the organization for 40 years. The Council occupied several locations in Boston before eventually moving to an office in Brookline. In 1967 an urban renewal project forced the Council to leave its Brookline office and temporarily relocate to Ehrmann's home. The Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty was renamed Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty in 1981. A nominally separate fund-raising organization, the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty Fund was created in 1983.

The American League to Abolish Capital Punishment was founded in 1925 and was originally headquartered in New York City. Vivian Pierce, Clarence Darrow, and Lewis Lawes were among its principal organizers. In addition to its work advocating the abolition of capital punishment, the League spearheaded the establishment of state abolition groups. In 1949 Sara R. Ehrmann assumed leadership of the League when it relocated to the Boston area and shared office space with the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. The American League to Abolish Capital Punishment ceased functioning sometime around 1969.

Ehrmann also advocated for prisoners. From the 1920s until 1988 she visited and assisted prisoners and their families through organizations including Friends of Framingham and the Norfolk Lifers Group. She also served on the board of directors of the United Prison Association of Massachusetts, which was formed in 1939 as a result of the merger of the John Howard Society, Friends of Prisoners, Inc., and the Massachusetts Prison Association. The United Prison Association's activities included providing legal aid and educational assistance to prisoners and ex-prisoners. In addition, the organization lobbied legislators and provided information to scholars, students and the general public. The United Prison Association of Massachusetts was renamed the Massachusetts Correctional Council in the late 1960s.

Throughout her career, Sara R. Ehrmann published articles, gave legislative testimony, spoke publicly, worked on individual capital cases, and remained active in criminal justice issues into her mid-90s.

Other organizations Ehrmann was associated with include: the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Correctional Association, the American Society of Criminology, Citizens Against Legalized Murder (member, Advisory Committee), Correctional Council (organizer), the John Howard Society (Board of Directors), the Massachusetts Campaign Against the Restoration of the Death Penalty (honorary chair), and the Massachusetts Civic League.

Sara R. Ehrmann's activism extended beyond criminal justice reform. She was a member of a number of local civic organizations, including the Beth Israel Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Boston YWCA, the Brookline Community Council (which she founded), and the USO Greater Boston Soldiers and Sailors Committee. Jewish organizations Ehrmann was a member of include: the American Jewish Committee (national membership chair), the Associated Jewish Philanthropies (board of trustees), the Combined Jewish Appeal of Boston (chaired the Women's Division), Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Council of Jewish Women, Joint Defense Appeal, and the United Jewish Campaign (executive chair, Women's Division). Ehrmann was also active in a number of women's organizations, including: the Brookline Women's Club, the League of Women Voters (including its Brookline chapter, which she founded), the National Organization for Women, and the Women's City Club of Boston.

In recognition of her work, Ehrmann received numerous awards, including: the Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee's Norman J. Rabbi Merit Award (1971), the Paulist Center's Hecker Award (1981), the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts' Abraham T. Alper Award (1982), the Community Church of Boston's Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Award (1982), and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northeastern University (1992).

A longtime resident of Brookline, Massachusetts, Ehrmann died in 1993 at the age of 97.

Chronology
1895Birth of Sara R. Ehrmann in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
1917Ehrmann receives her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, having also taken courses at Smith College. She marries Herbert B. Ehrmann, attorney and founder of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
1921-1922Ehrmann attends postgraduate courses at Radcliffe College.
1925American League to Abolish Capital Punishment is organized.
1925Herbert B. Ehrmann becomes associate counsel for Sacco and Vanzetti. Sara R. Ehrmann begins career as capital punishment abolitionist as a result of her husband's involvement in the case.
1927Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti despite worldwide protests. Founding of the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
1928Sara R. Ehrmann joins the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, becoming a member of its board and playing an active role in its leadership for the next forty years.
1937Sara R. Ehrmann organizes the Correctional Council of Massachusetts.
1937-1939Sara R. Ehrmann attends postgraduate courses at Boston University.
1939Sara R. Ehrmann helps to organize the United Prison Association of Massachusetts.
1942Sara R. Ehrmann is a founder of the Brookline, Massachusetts Chapter of the League of Women Voters and serves as its first president.
1947Last execution in Massachusetts to date.
1949The American League to Abolish Capital Punishment relocates from New York City to Sara R. Ehrmann's Brookline office, a location shared with the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. Ehrmann assumes the League's leadership.
1951Enactment of the "mercy bill," abolishing the mandatory death penalty in Massachusetts, giving juries the right to choose between the death sentence and life imprisonment in capital cases.
1963By a narrow margin the Massachusetts legislature defeats a bill abolishing capital punishment.
1967An urban renewal project forces the closure of Ehrmann's Brookline office, the shared headquarters of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. The Sara R. Ehrmann Collection on Capital Punishment is established at Northeastern University. Ehrmann retires from active leadership of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
1968In a referendum, Massachusetts voters approve retention of capital punishment.
1970Death of Sara R. Ehrmann's husband, Herbert B. Ehrmann.
1972U.S. Supreme Court invalidates existing state and federal death penalty laws. In subsequent years, new death penalty statues were enacted and executions resumed.
1977Sacco and Vanzetti receive a posthumous pardon from Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis.
1979Massachusetts reinstates capital punishment as a penalty for first degree murder.
1981The Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty is renamed Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.
1982Massachusetts constitution amended to permit capital punishment.
1984The Massachusetts Supreme Court blocks enforcement of capital punishment laws.
1985Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty Fund establishes the annual Herbert and Sara Ehrmann Award.
1985On June 15, the day after Sara R. Ehrmann's birthday, the Massachusetts legislature proclaims Sara Ehrmann Day.
1988Sara R. Ehrmann makes her last visits to prisoners and their families.
1992Sara R. Ehrmann receives and honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northeastern University.
1993Death of Sara R. Ehrmann at the age of 97.
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Series:

1. Geographical Files, 1845-1992 (bulk dates 1925-1969)
Volume:7.8 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetically by state; foreign countries follow
Summary:

This series documents capital punishment in the United States (with the exception of Wyoming) and in a small number of foreign countries. Coverage of Massachusetts is extensive. Topics covered include capital punishment, civil rights, crime and justice, government, government officials, and individuals and organizations opposed to capital punishment.

Researchers should be aware that there is some overlap between this series and Series 2. This series contains sparse correspondence with some individuals documented in Series 2, Subseries B. Series 2, Subseries C contains material largely related to Massachusetts. Files on the United Prison Association and the Massachusetts Correctional Association are located in Series 2, Subseries A. Audiotapes relating to the Norfolk Lifers Group (7 cassettes) and Radio Free Norfolk (2 cassettes) can be found in Series 6.

Although correspondence and publications generated by the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty are concentrated in Series 4, small amounts also appear in this series and in Series 2.
BoxTitleDate
United States
1-2Alabama – Delaware
2, 47District of Columbia
2Florida – Maryland
Massachusetts
2General
2-3Subjects, A-Z
3, FF5/D8Organizations, A-Z
Government
3Executive
3Judicial
3-5, 47Legislative
5-6Michigan
6Minnesota – New York
7North Carolina – Wisconsin
7Puerto Rico
Foreign Countries
7Algeria – Canada
8Ceylon - Venezuela
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Series:

2. Subject Files, 1849-1991 (bulk dates 1925-1980)
Volume:13.9 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically into 3 subseries: A.) Subjects; B.) Individuals; and C.) Newspaper Clippings
Summary:

This series documents topics related to capital punishment and criminal justice. It also documents individual opponents and supporters of capital punishment as well as other prominent individuals. Researchers should be aware that there is some overlap between this series and Series 1. Sparse correspondence with some individuals documented Subseries B. can also be found in Series 1 under the appropriate state. Although correspondence and publications generated by the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty are concentrated in Series 4, a small amount can be found in this series and in Series 1.

Subseries A documents capital punishment, efforts to abolish it, and other related topics. Topics of special interest include: cartoons, crime, criminal justice, death row, executions and executioners, innocence, kidnapping, legislation and legislators, lifers, prisons and prisoners, religious organizations, the Sacco and Vanzetti case, and crime statistics. In addition there are files on organizations opposed to capital punishment such as the Anti-Capital Punishment League, Citizens Against Legalized Murder, and the United Prison Association (later renamed Massachusetts Correctional Association, but filed under United Prison Association). Researchers should be aware that information on some of these organizations may also be found in Series 1 under the appropriate state. There are also two audiocassettes and one videotape concerning the Sacco and Vanzetti case in Series 6. The Norfolk Lifers Group is found in Series 1 under Massachusetts (box 2, folder 71 and box 3, folders 1-2). There are also seven audiocassettes related to the Norfolk Lifers Group and two audiocassettes related to Radio Free Norfolk in Series 6.

Subseries B consists of folders on individuals, which contain correspondence and/or collected information such as articles, editorials and newspaper clippings. The individuals documented in this series include: state and federal officials, proponents and opponents of capital punishment, and other prominent individuals. Also included are contributors, members, and officers of the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and of the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. Some of the more well-known individuals include: Hugo Bedau, Herbert Cobin, Clarence Darrow, Crosby Forbes, Victor Friend, Arthur Garfield Hays, Sumner Kaplan, Lewis Lawes, Donal MacNamara, Herbert Parsons, Vivian Pierce, Thorsten Sellen, and Miriam van Waters. Sparse correspondence and collected information exists on a number of prominent individuals, notably: James M. Curley, Michael Dukakis, Henry Ford, Felix Frankfurter, William Randolph Hearst, J. Edgar Hoover, and Karl Menninger.

Subseries C consists of newspaper clippings mainly from Boston- area newspapers organized into three broad topics: capital punishment, murder cases, and other subjects. The bulk of this material relates to Massachusetts.
BoxTitleDate
Subseries A: Subjects
8A – Ant
9, 47Att – Con
10Cor – H
11I – Mag
12, 47Med – Pre
13Pre – Rel
14Rel – Sac
15Sac – Uni
16Uni – Y
Subseries B: Individuals
16A – Doy
17Dri – K
18L – Ran
19Rea – Z
Subseries C: Newspaper Clippings
41Capital Punishment
42Murder Cases
41-42Other Subjects
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Series:

3. Case Files, ca. 1857-1992 (bulk dates 1924-1980)
Volume:12.0 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetically by state, then by case name.
Summary:

This series consists of information on prisoners from throughout the United States, with the exception of Alaska. The most common offense for which the prisoners were sentenced is murder, but other crimes are represented, notably rape.

Cases for which there is only a small amount of information have been grouped alphabetically into general folders under each state. Cases in which multiple persons were involved are filed under the name of the person whose name comes first alphabetically.

This series consists mainly of newspaper clippings; however, there are also pamphlets, flyers, informational cards and correspondence from the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. Correspondence between Sara R. Ehrmann and various prisoners can be found in this series and in the Norfolk Lifers Group folders filed under Massachusetts in Series 1 (box 2, folder 71 and box 3, folders 1-2), and in Series 5. Researchers should also be aware that some material pertaining to individual cases may be found in Series 2, Subseries C; these are mainly Massachusetts cases from the 1970s and 1980s.

Documentation of the Sacco and Vanzetti case is found in Series 2 (box 14, folders 8-35 and box 15, folders 1-12). There are also two audiocassettes and one videotape concerning the Sacco and Vanzetti case in Series 6.
BoxTitleDate
20Alabama – Arkansas
California
20A – Moo
21Mor – Z
21Colorado – Florida
Georgia
21A – F
22H – W
22Hawaii – Louisiana
23Maine – Maryland
Massachusetts
23A - Bon
24Bon – Coo
25Cot – Ker
26Ker – Nik
27Nob – Y
28Michigan – New Mexico
New York
28A – C
29C- Z
29North Carolina – Oklahoma
30Oregon – Rhode Island
31South Carolina – Wyoming
31State Unknown
31Federal Cases
31Military Cases
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Series:

4. Organizations, ca. 1890-1992 (bulk dates 1969)
Volume:6.4 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically into 3 subseries: A.) American League to Abolish Capital Punishment; B.) Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty; and C.) Combined American League/Massachusetts Council.
Summary:

This series documents two distinct organizations that eventually worked together in the same location under the direction of Sara R. Ehrmann.

The series includes: annual reports, bibliographies, bylaws, correspondence, financial and fund-raising records, flyers, informational cards, minutes and other information about meetings, membership lists, letters requesting information, and speaker's notes. There are also collected publications, publications produced by the two organizations, and reprints of articles that appeared in the press.

Subseries C consists of informational cards, other organizations' publications, and reprints produced by either the American League and the Massachusetts Council.

The bulk of material in this collection relating to and generated by the American League to Abolish Capital Punishment and Massachusetts Council to Abolish the Death Penalty is concentrated in this series. However, researchers should be aware that correspondence, publications, and press reprints generated by the two organizations can also be found elsewhere in the collection. Throughout Series 1, there is sparse correspondence between the two organizations and other organizations and individuals opposed to capital punishment. Information on and correspondence with officers and supporters of the two organizations can also be found in Series 2, Subseries B (boxes 16- 19). Sparse material documenting the two organizations' work on individual capital cases may be found in Series 3.
BoxTitleDate
Subseries A: American League to Abolish Capital Punishment
32Active States1953
32Annual Meetings (3 folders)1937-1947
32Annual Reports1930-1971
32Audit Correspondence1939-1941
32Audits (13 folders)1925-1944
32Bank Resolutions1945
32Bequestsn.d., 1933-1948, 1964
32Bibliographies1956, 1968
32Board Contributions1955-1956
32Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (23 folders)1925-1960
Card Files
43Membersn.d.
43Officersn.d.
32Clemency Appealsn.d., 1955-1969
32Constitution and Bylaws1936
32Correctional Council Minutes1937-1969
32Correspondence (3 folders)1927-1976
32Finance (14 folders)n.d., 1930-1971
32Fundraisers and Listsn.d., 1952-1964
32Fund-raising (4 folders)1938-1968
32History1940
32Hoffman, Frederick L.1928-1939
32Incorporationn.d., 1929, 1952
32Individuals Against the Death Penalty1939-1941
32Legislative Committeen.d., 1941
32Letterheadn.d.
32"A Look at Capital Punishment" (Conference Papers)1956
32Mailing Analysis1953
32Mailing List1970
32Meetings (5 folders)n.d., 1925-1969
32Members, Membership (6 folders)1943-1970
33Miscellaneous (4 folders)n.d., 1938-1982
33Move to Massachusetts1949
33New Yorkn.d.
33New York Charitable Foundations Registration1967
33New York: Proposal for New York National Office: Correspondence1966
33Officers (2 folders)1950-1958
33Orders for Material1932-1939, 1952-1968
33Organization of Local Committeesn.d., 1953-1959
33Publicationsn.d., [1920]-1971
33Reorganizationn.d., 1951-1953
33Reports and Press Releases1928-1932
33Requests for Material and Information (15 folders)n.d., 1931-1965
33Resumes and Applications1950-1966
49Sealca. 1929
33Speakersn.d., 1931-1966
33Speakers Notesn.d., 1927-1945
33State Abolition Groupsn.d., 1963-1969
33State Committees1969-1971
33Taxes (2 folders)1930-1963
33Treasurer's Reports (7 folders)1951-1965
33Victory Meeting (2 folders)1965
33von Roosehlaub, Ruth1936-1938
33Western Council1948
Subseries B: Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
34Administrative Records (2 folders)n.d., 1937-1969
34Advisory Council1928, 1930
34Authorities (3 folders)n.d., 1931-1967
34Board of Directorsn.d., 1967-1976
34Board of Governors (12 folders)1956-1968
34Board Meetings1967-1969
34Brookline Redevelopment Authority1966-1967
34Bylaws1930-1947
Card Files
44Membersn.d.
44Officersn.d.
34Community Action Committeen.d., 1965-1968
34Contactsn.d., 1947-1949
34Contacts - Constituentsn.d., 1961-1977
34-35Correspondence (31 folders)n.d., 1927-1982
35Deathsn.d., 1952-1957, 1985
35Endorsements (5 folders)n.d., 1929-1953, 1963-1965
35Executive Committee1968
35Executive Secretary's Reports1929-1933
35Finance (7 folders)n.d., 1938-1970
35Finance Appealsn.d., 1931-1959
35Finance Audit1941
35Finance Campaign1948
35Finance Committee (2 folders)n.d., 1947-1950, 1956, 1966
35Finance – Lobbying Costs1956
35Finance Reports (4 folders)1940-1966
35Fund-Raisingn.d., 1940-1969
35Hearings (4 folders)1941-1962
35Historyn.d., 1943-1990
35Incorporation1947-1949
35Interdenominational Committeen.d., 1964
35Interfaith Clergy Committee1967
35Key Names (3 folders)n.d., 1935-1963
35Leading Spokesmen Quotesn.d., 1953-1966
35Ledger1930-1932
35Legaciesn.d., 1951-1959
35Legislative Campaign Printing and Publicity1941
35Legislators (2 folders)n.d., 1943-1962
35Letters to the Editor1931-1969
35Lobbying (3 folders)n.d., 1931-1975
35Mailings to Membership1968-1970
Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty
35Board Meetings1983-1991
35Generaln.d., 1983-1992
Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty Fund
35Board Meetings1985-199?
35Generaln.d., 1985-1991
35Herbert and Sara Ehrmann Award1985-1991
36Meetings (4 folders)n.d., 1932, 1940-1975
36Membershipn.d., 1956-1975
36Miscellaneous (2 folders)n.d., 1929-1966
36Office Spacen.d., 1949-1967
36Officers1939-1941, 1967
36Organizational Material for Brochure/Letterhead1968-1969
FF5/D8Poster1941
36Publications (3 folders)n.d., 1928-1969
36Publicityn.d., 1955-1957
36Researchn.d., ca. 1930-1963
36Sample Letters, etc.1969
36Speakers Notesn.d.
36Sponsor Listsn.d.
36Taxesn.d., 1956-1966
36Treasurer's Reports1946-1948
36Women's Committeen.d., 1941, 1956-1965
Subseries C: Combined American League/Massachusetts Council
45Informational Cardsn.d.
36Collected Publications: Other Organizationsca. 1890-1970
36-37Reprints (11 folders)ca. 1890-1970
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Series:

5. Personal Files, 1906-1993 (bulk dates 1950-1990)
Volume:3.4 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series contains information on Sara R. Ehrmann and her community activism, including work on behalf of Jewish and women's organizations. Materials include: awards, biographical information, correspondence (including cards and letters from prisoners), interviews, photographs and slides, and some of Ehrmann's writings.

Researchers should note that correspondence between Sara R. Ehrmann and prisoners can also be found in the Norfolk Lifers Group folders filed under Massachusetts in Series 1 (box 2, folder 71 and box 3, folders 1-2) and scattered throughout Series 3. Audiotaped and videotaped interviews with Ehrmann, an audiocassette of a Boston University Law School panel in which she participated, and an audiocassette related to the Community Church of Boston's Sacco and Vanzetti Award given to Ehrmann in 1982 can be found in Series 6. The audiotaped interviews in Series 6 are different from the printed interviews found in this series.
BoxTitleDate
37, 47American Jewish Committeen.d., 1947-1991
37American Jewish Congress1982, 1985
37American Jewish Historical Societyn.d., 1977
37American Jewish Joint Distribution Committeen.d., 1941
37American Society of Criminology1961-1984
37Articlesn.d., ca. 1931-1963
37Associated Jewish Philanthropiesn.d., 1940-1947
Awards and Citations
37Abraham T. Alper Award1982, 1984
FF5/D8Abraham T. Alper Award Certificate1982
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
37Sara R. Ehrmann Day Proclamation1985
37State Senate Citation1985
37Fannie R. Bigelow Awardn.d., 1931, 1952-1955
37Hecker Award1981
FF5/D8Hecker Award Certificate1981
37Lane Bryant Awardn.d., 1966-1971
FF5/D8Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty1993
37Miscellaneousca. 1940, 1971-1977
37Norman S. Rabb Merit Award1970-1971
49Norman S. Rabb Trophy1971
37Sacco-Vanzetti Memorial Award1982
FF5/D8Sacco-Vanzetti Award Certificate1982
37Badgesn.d.
37Beth Israel Hospital Volunteer Servicen.d., 1942, 1951
37Billy Sunday Manuscript1976
37Biographical (4 folders)n.d., ca. 1912-1990
37Brooklinen.d., 1950-1991
37Brookline Selectman1946, 1960
37"Capital Punishment Today – Why?"n.d., 1958-1960
Card Files
45Bibliographyn.d.
45-46Contactsn.d.
46Notesn.d.
37Charitiesn.d., 1971-1989
37Combined Jewish Philanthropies1965, 1978, 1983-1993
37-38Correspondence (11 folders)n.d., 1915-1993
38, FF5/D8Correspondence with Prisonersn.d., 1940, 1952, 1967-1992
38Education1908-1937, 1982
38Ehrmann Familyn.d., 1948-1991
38Ehrmann, Herbert B. (5 folders)n.d., 1914-1972
38"For Whom the Chair Waits" (3 folders)n.d., 1957, 1961-1962
47Harvard Agreement1971
38Inaugural Invitation1977
38Interviews (2 folders)n.d., 1977-1990
39Jewish Community Council1975-1977
39League of Women Votersn.d., 1944-1992
39Legislative Testimony1953-1966
39Mailing Listsn.d., 1960-1970
39National Refugee Service1941
39Northeastern University (4 folders)n.d., 1967-1992
39Notes (9 folders)n.d.
39-40Notepads and Address Books (6 folders)n.d., 1930-1986
40Obituaries and Memorial Servicesn.d., 1944-1990
40Other (3 folders)n.d.
40Photographs (2 folders)n.d., 1942-1987
40Public Appearancesn.d., 1935-1968
40Slides1981
40Rosenfeld, Royn.d., 1906-1981
40Sara R. Ehrmann Foundationn.d., 1971-1985
40Sharon, Massachusetts High School1977, 1986
40Slides1981
40Speeches (4 folders)n.d., 1939-1990
40Star Island Conferencesn.d., 1972-1978
40Theatern.d., 1924, 1935
40United Jewish Campaignn.d., 1938-1978
40United Nations Conference1970
40U.S.O. Greater Boston Soldiers and Sailors Committee1944-1945
40University of Rochestern.d., 1917-1953
40Willn.d., 1975-1984
40Woman's Organizations, Variousn.d., 1973
40Writingn.d., 1939-1982
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Series:

6. Audio/Visual Materials, n.d., 1967-1990
Volume:0.3 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by medium.
Summary:

This series consists of audio and video tapes, including interviews with Sara R. Ehrmann , prisoners, and others. There is also a VHS tape of a television program on the Sacco and Vanzetti case. Additional documentation of the Sacco and Vanzetti case is found in Series 2 (box 14, folders 8-35 and box 15, folders 1-12). Additional documentation of the Norfolk Lifers Group can be found in Series 1 (box 2, folder 71 and box 3, folders 1-2).
BoxTitleDate
Audiocassettes
48Boston University School of Law Panel, including Hugo Bedau, William Homans, Joseph Ingle, and Sara R. Ehrmannn.d.
48Community Church of Boston, Sacco and Vanzetti Award to Sara R. Ehrmann, address by Max Stern18 April 1982
48Norfolk Lifers Group (7 cassettes)n.d.
Radio Free Norfolk
48Interview with Hugo Bedau31 October 1979
48"John Kerrigan: Villain or Victim"19 July 1979
48Sacco and Vanzetti, Dukakis Proclamation22 August 1977
Sara R. Ehrmann Interviews
4812 August 1990
48On Sacco and Vanzettin.d.
48With Dr. William Alberts (2 cassettes)11 March 1982
48With Michael Sussmann (6 cassettes)1978
Open Reel Audiotape
48UnidentifiedDecember 1967
VHS Tapes
48Sacco and Vanzetti "Chronicle" Program12 March 1986
48Sara R. Ehrmann Interview with Alan Stoskopf of Brookline High School24 June 1986
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