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Finding Aid to the Louise Sorbier Papers, 1854-1956, MS 2031
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  • Title: Louise Sorbier papers
    Date (inclusive): 1854-1956
    Collection Number: MS 2031
    Creator: Sorbier, Louise, 1847-1929
    Physical Description: 7 boxes, 1 flat box (4.5 Linear feet)
    Repository: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105
    415-357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Comprises correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the personal life and official activities of San Francisco suffragist and civic leader Louise Sorbier. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, most of which is addressed to Louise Sorbier. Also contains scattered records of women's and civic improvement organizations in which Sorbier participated, including the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, California Suffrage Amendment Campaign Association, Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club, and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association; correspondence addressed to Cecile Sorbier in her role as president of the San Francisco Club; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the women's suffrage movement in San Francisco in the 1890s; and newspaper clippings, mainly documenting the women's suffrage and cemetery anti-removal campaigns in San Francisco.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Louise Sorbier Papers, MS 2031. California Historical Society.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in three series: Series 1: Papers, 1854-1956; Series 2: Volumes, 1888-1927; Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1893-1928. The Papers and Newspaper Clippings series are arranged in chronological order.

    Separated Materials

    Sorbier family photographs have been transferred to the Photography Collection, shelved in the Portraits Collection.

    Biographical Information

    Louise Sorbier, née Bacon, was born in 1847 in Paris. She immigrated to San Francisco with her parents as a child. She had three daughters with her husband, Jules Sorbier: Josephine Sorbier (1873-1899), Cecile Sorbier (1875-1952), and Marie Sorbier (1877-1947). She and Jules Sorbier divorced in 1877.
    Louise Sorbier was a prominent organizer and member of many women's and civic improvement organizations in San Francisco in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She served as president of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, an organization founded in 1891 to provide women with educational opportunities and vocational training. At the same time, she was active in the women's suffrage movement of the 1890s, serving as president of the Eleventh Amendment Club, and treasurer of the Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, the California State Suffrage Constitutional Amendment Association, and the Women's Suffrage Association. As an officer of these organizations, Sorbier advocated the amendment of the state constitution to guarantee women's suffrage in California.
    In the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s, Louise Sorbier was active in various civic improvement efforts in San Francisco, including and prominently, the cemetery anti-removal movement. She served as director of the Outdoor Art League, president of the Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association, and vice president of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club. Her daughter Cecile followed in her footsteps, serving as president of the San Francisco Club and Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park Endowment Committee, beginning around 1916. Louise Sorbier died in 1929.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the personal life and official activities of San Francisco suffragist and civic leader Louise Sorbier. Papers (1854-1956) mainly consist of correspondence addressed to Louise Sorbier. Also included are scattered records of women's and civic organizations in which Louise Sorbier participated, including the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Woman's Congress Association of the Pacific Coast, California Suffrage Amendment Campaign Association, Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club, and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association; as well as correspondence addressed to Cecile Sorbier in her role as president of the San Francisco Club; Sorbier family wills; other legal documents; and ephemera. Volumes (1888-1927) include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting the women's suffrage movement and its leaders in San Francisco in the 1890s; the constitution and minutes of the Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club; and five volumes of Women's Educational and Industrial Union records, including three ledgers, a membership book, and the Ladies' Finance Committee address book. Newspaper clippings (1893-1928), taken from various San Francisco newspapers, mainly document the women's suffrage and cemetery anti-removal campaigns in San Francisco, including the activities of the Woman's Congress, California State Suffrage Constitutional Amendment Club, Eleventh Amendment Club, Women's Suffrage Association, and Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association.

    Index

    This index is derived from a list of added entries in the legacy finding aid for the Louise Sorbier papers. Names and subject headings are unauthorized. Dates, when available, indicate the dates of the materials in which names or topics are referenced.
    Alemany, Joseph Sadoc July 21, 1879, October 17, 1882
    Arguello Boulevard Improvement Club, San Francisco 1909-1927
    California Patriotic League, San Francisco
    California State Woman Suffrage Educational Association
    Cameron, George Toland 1925-1926
    Cameron, Helen (DeYoung) 1921, 1928
    Catholic Church, San Francisco
    Cemetery Beautifying and Anti-Removal Association, San Francisco 1915-
    Cemetery Protective Organization, San Francisco
    Church and social problems - Catholic Church
    Democratic Party, San Francisco 1932
    DeYoung, Michael Henri 1921-1924
    DeYoung Museum, San Francisco 1921-1928
    French in San Francisco
    French Mutual Benevolent Society, San Francisco 1877
    Gayley, Charles Mills October 1, 1901
    Girls High School, San Francisco 1895
    Gleeson, Richard A.
    Gordon, Laura deForce, ALS 1895 (Folder 3)
    Hibernia Savings and Loan Society, San Francisco December 29, 1877
    Huntington, Collis P. October 17, 1898
    Japanese in San Francisco 1914
    Johnson, Hiram W. September 12, 1923
    Martinache, N.J. 1877
    Mitchell, Ruth Comfort 1920
    Montgomery, George 1879-1900
    Native Daughters of the Golden West, Grand Parlor 1916
    Odd Fellows Cemetery Association, San Francisco 1907-1915
    Patigian, Haig October 11, 1924
    Ramm, Charles A. September 22, 1899
    Regan, Dora July 21, 1879, October 17, 1882
    Richardson, Friend W. September 22, 1926
    Richmond District, San Francisco 1909-1927
    Robinson, Elmer 1948
    Rolph, James March 14, 1923, January 30, 1926, January 7, 1926
    Roullier, Albert 1931
    Roullier, Emile Victor 1901
    Samuels, D. Dry Goods, San Francisco 1874
    San Francisco Club
    San Francisco Savings Union 1882
    Shaw, Anna Howard Folder 25
    Shortridge, Samuel M. December 2, 1920
    Sorbier, Cecile Marie
    Sorbier, Josephine Marie
    Sorbier, Jules Edmond
    Tourny, George 1925-1926
    Van Wyck and Cushing 1874
    Women's Congress Association, San Francisco 1896
    Women's Educational and Industrial Union

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sorbier, Cecile Marie, 1875-1952
    Societies--California--San Francisco.
    Women civic leaders--California--San Francisco.
    Women--California--San Francisco.
    Women--Societies and clubs.
    Women--Suffrage.
    Clippings.
    Scrapbooks.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Cecile M. Sorbier Estate through Mr. George H. Cabaniss, Jr. November 1952.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by California Historical Society staff; additions processed by Marie Dunlap in 2010.