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Browsing items in: Famous Women of Cleveland

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    • Adams, Almeda C., 1865-

    • Adams, Almeda C.; Cleveland Music School Settlement; Blind persons; Fortnightly Musical Club; Music; Teachers
    • Almeda Adams helped to found the Cleveland Music School Settlement despite being blind. She also wrote a book which is made up of letters to her friends titled "Seeing Europe Through Sightless Eyes." Adams directed the Schumann Society which is a...
    • Allen, Florence Ellinwood, 1884-1966

    • Allen, Florence Ellinwood; Lawyers; Judges; Suffragists
    • Florence Ellinwood Allen was the first woman Ohio Supreme Court judge, first woman chief of federal court, ardent suffragette, and also successfully defended women's municipal suffrage before the Ohio Supreme Court.
    • Ames, Lydia May

    • Ames, Lydia May; Artists; Landscape paintings; Cleveland School of Art; Women's Art Club Of Cleveland
    • Ames was a landscape painter that was one of Cleveland's first woman's artists and was called "Cleveland's first impressionist painter." Her work was exhibited in national exhibits such as those in New York. Besides painting, Ames also taught art...
    • Bole, Roberta Holden

    • Bole, Roberta Holden; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Cleveland Museum Of Natural History; Hawken School; Dunham Tavern Museum (Cleveland, Ohio); Philanthropists; Holden Arboretum
    • Bole was a major benefactor to many museums in Cleveland such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She also established the Holden Arboretum, founded Hawken School and wrote the children books "The Aunt's...
    • Bolton, Frances Payne Bingham, 1885-1977

    • Bolton, Frances Payne; Nursing;Hawken School; Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (Cleveland, Ohio); United States. House of Representatives; United States Congress
    • Frances Payne Bolton had a long tenure as a United States Representative from 1939 to 1968; Bolton was the first woman to head an official mission abroad, to the Middle East in 1947; In 1953 she was appointed as a congressional delegate to the...
    • Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971

    • Bourke-White, Margaret; Photographers; Journalists; War correspondents; Steel industry; Photojournalism; Caldwell, Erksine, 1903-1987; Life (Chicago, Ill.)
    • A world known photojournalist who made her start in Cleveland by photographing Cleveland Flats and also its steel making. She was hired as one of the 1st photographers for the magazine Life, and also became the first woman war correspondent in 1942...
    • Brown, Anna V., d. 1985

    • Brown, Anna V.; Gerontology; National Council on the Aging; Cleveland. Dept. of Aging; Aged persons
    • Brown was an advocate for the elderly in Cleveland as well as nationally. She developed Cleveland's Department of Aging which developed services to assist elders. She later became the president of the National Council on Aging in 1984. She was...
    • Browne, Mary Kendall

    • Browne, Mary Kendall Brownie; World War II; Tennis; Physical education; American Red Cross
    • Mary Browne was a championship tennis player becoming the ladies doubles champion 5 times, and the captain of the U.S. Wightman Cup team twice. She was one of the first women in the Tennis Hall of Fame. She also won the Cleveland Women's Amateur...
    • Bryant, Eliza

    • Bryant, Eliza; Freedmen; Slavery; Eliza Bryant Center; African Americans; Nursing homes
    • Seeing that African Americans in Cleveland were denied access to nursing homes because of segregation, Eliza Bryant started a campaign to raise interest and funds for African American elders in 1893. Her efforts eventually lead to the founding of...
    • Cafarelli, Carmela

    • Cafarelli, Carmela; Cleveland Orchestra; Opera singers; Harps; Musicians
    • Carmela Cafarelli was the first harpist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She toured as an opera singer in Italy and formed the Cafarelli Opera Club presenting Madame Butterfly in 1934. Every year she presented an opera at the Masonic Auditorium.
    • Campbell, Marion Winton Strongheart

    • Campbell, Marion Winton Strongheart; Native Americans; Operas & operettas; Cleveland Opera Co.
    • Marion Winton Strongheart Campbell was the composer of "Love's Wishing Well" and the creator of "The Seminole," both operas. She also founded the Women's National League for Justice to American Indians.
    • Cermak, Albina

    • Cermak, Albina; Republican Party; Bailiffs; Political elections
    • Albina Cermak was the first woman to run for mayor not only in Cleveland but in any city. She ran against Anthony Celebrezze in 1961. Ms. Cermak was a member of the Board of Elections and delegate for the Republican National Convention for 3 years....
    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907

    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907; Swindlers & swindling; Fraud; Criminals; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
    • Cassie L. Chadwick was known worldwide as a Cleveland con-artist in the early 20th century after her arrest in 1904. In her largest scam, she claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie and convinced an Ohio banker that she would be...
    • Corrigan, Laura Mae

    • Corrigan, Laura Mae; World War II; Socialites
    • Laura Corrigan spent most of her time in Europe. She escaped from Paris in World War II to England through Portugal. She helped French soldiers and refugees and organized the group La Bien Venue. Once the war ended she received the Croiz de Guerre,...
    • Cotner, Mercedes R.

    • Cotner, Mercedes R.; Cleveland City Council; Politics & government; Politicians; Clerk of Cleveland City Council (Ohio)
    • She was the first woman and longest serving Clerk of Cleveland City Council, a position she held from 1964 until her retirement in 1990. In 1973, she became the first Democratic woman to run for the Mayor of Cleveland with only 2 weeks left till...
    • Cutter, Annie Spencer, 1877-

    • Cutter, Annie Spencer; Cleveland Public Library; Librarians; Case Western Reserve University; Ohio Library Association; Cleveland Heights; Women's City Club
    • During World War I Annie Cutter created a library for soldiers in France. She also served as Assistant Professor of Library Science at Western Reserve University, was a trustee of the Women's City Club and was on the advisory board for the American...
    • Eastman, Linda Anne, 1867-1963

    • Eastman, Linda Anne; Cleveland Public Library; Librarians; Western Reserve University
    • Linda Anne Eastman was the first woman to head a metropolitan library system in the United States and is renowned for a tradition of innovation in libraries. Eastman was named librarian at Cleveland Public Library in 1918, a position she held until...
    • Eckhardt, Edris

    • Eckhardt, Edris; Artists; Cleveland Institute of Art; Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland College; Notre Dame Academy; Glassblowing; Pottery
    • Edris Eckhardt won a Guggenheim fellowship because she rediscovered the Egyptian technique for making gold glass which was lost for 1500 years. She invented new processes for glass, bronze, and other types of media. Her work was so valued that she...
    • Evans, Dina Rees, 1891-

    • Evans, Dina Rees (Doc); Cain Park Theater; Cleveland Heights High School; Theater programs; Theaters; Secondary School Theatre Association (U.S.); American Educational Theatre Association
    • Evans earned the first doctorate granted for theater in the United States. She also served as director for the Cain Park Amphitheater and became president of the American Educational Theatre Association. She founded the Secondary School Theatre...
    • Fairfax, Florence Bundy

    • Fairfax, Florence Bundy; Cleveland. Dept. of Recreation; Florence Bundy Fairfax Recreation Center; Sports & recreation facilities
    • Bundy was a long-time employee of the Dept. of Recreation for the city of Cleveland. In May 1954, she became the Superintendent of Special Activities which focused on finding services and activities for inner city youth. Bundy was named Asst....

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