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Ellen Warren Scripps Booth Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1981-03

Collection Scope

The collection deals primarily with the personal life of Ellen Warren Scripps Booth. The time period covered ranges from her school days in the early 1870s through her death in 1948.

The Papers contain a smattering of documents, including childhood drawings and maps, pages from an autograph book, Daughters of the American Revolution membership papers, journals from trips taken in 1881 and 1927, and a few Cranbrook-related papers. In addition, there is a series of letters from Ellen Booth’s mother, Harriet J. Scripps, as well as a run of Mrs. Booth’s diaries, the majority of which span the years 1880-1910.

Finally, there are eight photographs, mostly ferrotypes and ambrotypes, and one small watercolor; all of those able to be identified are of early Scripps or Booth family members.

Dates

  • 1870 - 1948

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Ellen Warren Scripps Booth was born on 10 July 1863 in Detroit, Michigan, eldest daughter of James E. Scripps, founder of the Evening News (later the Detroit News), and Harriet J. Messinger Scripps. She graduated from Capitol Union High School in Detroit and married George Gough Booth (1864-1949) on 1 June 1887 in the same city.

As a young woman, Ellen Booth did editorial work for both the Evening News and the Detroit Tribune, which her father purchased in 1891. She was the mother of five children: James S. Booth (1888-1954), Grace E. Booth (1890-1978), Warren S. Booth (1894-1987), Henry S. Booth (1897-1988), and Florence L. Booth (1902-1983).

Through her father's interest in the fine arts and, also, through her travels in Europe, Ellen Booth acquired an education in the history of fine arts, which enabled her to advise her husband in his purchases of art objects for their collection. She also served as a director of the Evening News Association, the holding company for the Detroit News.

Ellen Warren Scripps Booth died at Cranbrook on 24 January 1948 at the age of 84.

Extent

1.3 Linear Feet (1 SB)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Ellen Warren Scripps Booth co-founder of Cranbrook with her husband George G. Booth, was eldest daughter of James E. Scripps, founder of the Evening News (later the Detroit News), and Harriet J. Messinger Scripps. As a young woman, Ellen Booth did editorial work for both the Evening News and the Detroit Tribune, which her father purchased in 1891. She was the mother of five children: James S. Booth (1888-1954), Grace E. Booth (1890-1978), Warren S. Booth (1894-1987), Henry S. Booth (1897-1988), and Florence L. Booth (1902-1983). Through her father's interest in the fine arts and, also, through her travels in Europe, Ellen Booth acquired an education in the history of fine arts, which enabled her to advise her husband in his purchases of art objects for their collection. She also served as a director of the Evening News Association, the holding company for the Detroit News. Ellen Warren Scripps Booth died at Cranbrook on January 24, 1948, at the age of 84. The collection deals primarily with the personal life of Ellen Warren Scripps Booth covering the time period from her school days in the early 1870s through her death in 1948. It contains a smattering of documents, including childhood drawings and maps, pages from an autograph book, Daughters of the American Revolution membership papers, journals from trips taken in 1881 and 1927, and a few Cranbrook-related papers. In addition, there is a series of letters from Ellen Booth’s mother, Harriet J. Scripps, as well as a run of Mrs. Booth’s diaries, the majority of which span the years 1880-1910. Finally, there are eight photographs, mostly ferrotypes and ambrotypes, and one small watercolor; all of those able to be identified are of early Scripps or Booth family members.

Arrangement

This collection, too small to be broken into series, is foldered topically and arranged roughly in chronological order, with individually bound diaries placed after the foldered material.

Acquisition

Gift of the Booth family.

Related Materials

George Gough Booth Papers (1981-01)

Harriet Messinger Scripps Papers (1995-21)

James Edmund Scripps Papers (1987-01)

Processing History

Beverly Hoffmann (collection inventory), 1981; Gregg T. Trendowski, 1990; William Landis, 1995.
Title
Guide to the Ellen Warren Scripps Booth Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Gregg Trendowski
Date
1990
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Revision Statements

  • 1995: William Landis

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

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