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   Elizabeth Blake Papers, 1940-2010 [Bulk Dates: 1940-1976].

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Elizabeth Blake Papers; Box and Folder (if known); University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information


A collection of personal papers of Elizabeth (Betty) Blake, who was very active in both the Columbia and broader Manhattan communities, consisting primarily of correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes, and Columbia University memorabilia.

At a Glance

Call No.:UA#0198.
Bib ID:10721276 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Blake, Elizabeth
Title:Elizabeth Blake Papers, 1940-2010 [Bulk Dates: 1940-1976].
Physical description:1.50 linear feet. (3 document boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



This collection is arranged in one series: Series I. Papers.

Although this small collection is arranged in just one series it naturally divides into several distinct categories of materials. Files of materials relate to Blake's activities at Columbia University, the Women's Faculty Club, and her involvement with the Manhattanville Community Center. Files are arranged roughly alphabetically along these topics. Background biographical information provided with the donation is filed at the start of the collection and miscellaneous correspondence and items are found in the last box.

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Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of the correspondence of Elizabeth (Betty) Blake as well as records of the groups (e.g., meeting minutes, membership lists, event invitations, and financial records) with which she was involved. These include the Women's Faculty Club, Phi Delta Gamma, and the Manhattanville Community Centers. There are also miscellaneous newspaper clippings and two sheets of Columbia University commemorative postage stamps as well as a few small booklets about Columbia University, its 1954 Bicentennial celebrations, and lectures given at the University.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Elizabeth Blake Papers; Box and Folder (if known); University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed, 01/2014 Linda Arthur (SEAS 2014), under the direction of Jocelyn Wilk.

Finding Aid written by Linda Arthur, January 2014.

Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2014 by PTL.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 25, 2014 Finding aid written in English.
    2014-03-25 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Clippings (information artifacts).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Commemorative postage stamps.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Printed ephemera.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Blake, Elizabeth.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chemical engineering.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Anniversaries, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Bicentennial Committee.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Centennial celebrations, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Finch, James Kip, 1883-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gellhorn, Walter, 1906-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manhattanville (New York, N.Y.).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phi delta gamma.--Zeta chapter, Columbia University.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women's Faculty Club (Columbia University).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake was raised in early 1900s New England. She enjoyed a comfortable childhood in New York until her father's death in 1906, at which time the family relocated to New Hampshire for a short while, finally settling in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts where Elizabeth, better known as Betty, finished her schooling. After finishing high school Betty dreamed of college, but due to poor health enrolled instead at the Knox School, a finishing school in New York. It was there that she discovered her passion for the arts. She continued on to study with the Art Students' League and several private tutors, finally settling down in a small cabin back in Silver Beach.

In the spring of 1925 Betty Stanton chanced to meet one William Harold Blake, when a high school English teacher who had taught them both (ten years apart) invited the pair to see her off on a trip to England. The couple found they had much in common with their family histories though they were rather opposite in temperament. None the less, Betty and Billy Blake were married on March 26, 1927. Once married, Betty felt obligated to forgo directing portrait classes and her professional portrait painting, but Billy's position as Head of the English Department for the Horace Mann School for Boys gave her ample opportunities to be involved in organizations at Columbia University, as well as in their surrounding community. Betty was a member of many organizations including the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, the National Association of Women Artists, the Columbia University Women's Faculty Club, and the Columbia Committee for Community Service.

In 1929 Betty became pregnant with the couple's only child Elizabeth Stanton Blake, better known as Bettina. Through the Depression era Betty and Billy continued to be very active on campus while raising Bettina. At Columbia, Betty was dedicated to the Women's Faculty Club, war relief efforts, art on campus, the Columbia University Committee for Community Service, and with many other campus groups and activities. In the broader community she helped with outreach to less fortunate children by her active participation with the Mannhattanville Community Centers which gave these children a safe place outside of school, and enriched their studies. Even after Billy's retirement in 1952 and his death in 1965 Betty remained very involved on campus and in the community until the mid-1970s when her age made volunteering too difficult. Elizabeth Blake died in 1981.

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