Elsalyn Palmisano Women’s History Papers

RECORD GROUP: Special Collections
RECORD SERIES #: 6300.01
SERIES: Elsalyn Palmisano Women’s History Papers
DATES: 1723-2005, (bulk 1962-1980)
VOLUME: 4 cubic feet

HISTORY

The Elsalyn Palmisano Women’s History Papers are the direct result of Palmisano’s lifelong interest in women’s issues. At the Women’s Center at Brookdale Community College, she set up the library and amassed a significant women’s history collection and subsequently developed a related curriculum with a special focus on women’s role in the history of Monmouth County. As librarian at the Monmouth County Historical Association, Palmisano expanded its collection and wrote a number of pamphlets on various topics. She also developed several slide presentations on subjects relating to Monmouth County history. When the Historical Association received the papers of longtime Keyport resident Vera Conover, Palmisano conducted further research on the Conover/Seabrook family, unearthing significant materials on local history and on the Temperance and Women’s Suffrage movements. While working with the Keyport Historical Society to catalog and preserve these materials, she also became interested in women’s rights activist Alice Paul and researched her role both in the suffrage movement and in the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. Much of Palmisano’s work on women’s history was funded by New Jersey Historical Commission grants.
See the guide to the Elsalyn Palmisano Preservation Papers for further biographical information on Palmisano.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Materials in this collection are primarily the result of research funded by grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission and a course taught by Elsalyn Palmisano at Brookdale Community College. Major themes include Keyport history, Molly Pitcher, American Bicentennial, Monmouth County History, Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Women’s Suffrage, and the Women’s Movement. The collection is arranged in four series:

I. Women in Early Monmouth County
II. Legacy of the Seabrook Women
III. Alice Paul
IV. The Women’s Center at Brookdale Community College

The Monmouth County Women series includes materials on women of the Revolutionary War period, the Battle of Monmouth, Molly Pitcher, and the American Bicentennial. Also included are original Brookdale Community College course materials from “Move Over, Molly.”

Seabrook Women materials consist of personal histories of the three individual women, as well as the history of their family homestead (the “Spy House”) and their family’s involvement in the settlement of Keyport and in the local steamboat industry. Also included are materials on the family’s involvement with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Women’s Suffrage movement, and the Keyport Literary Club.

Alice Paul materials include histories of the Women’s Suffrage movement, plans for her centennial celebration and display materials featured on Monmouth County Archives and History Day.
The Women’s Center materials consist of items relating to the formulation, administration and daily operation of the center.

Types of materials include course materials; book jackets; correspondence; newsletters; photocopied and/or typewritten documents; newspaper and magazine clippings; academic papers; lecture cards; research notes; bibliographies; book excerpts; pamphlets and booklets; videotapes; color slides and photographs; and display signage. The Seabrook series includes a slide presentation housed in its original slide projector tray.

Some items, including all newspaper clippings, have been photocopied for preservation purposes; these photocopies have been substituted for original materials as necessary. Some items are photocopies of 18th and 19th century documents and publications; dates in the container list reference the date of the original material.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

This collection is open to researchers.

ARRANGEMENT

The Palmisano Women’s History Papers are arranged in four series:

  • Women in Early Monmouth County
  • Legacy of the Seabrook Women
  • Alice Paul
  • Women’s Center at Brookdale Community College

The first series is arranged in original order; in some cases, the contents of original folders have been split into several folders for space reasons. The second series is arranged by subject; contents are in original order. The third series is arranged by subject. The fourth series is arranged by subject; contents are in chronological order, except for folder containing the administrative handbook, which is in its original order. Oversize material is stored in one flat box arranged in series order. Photographs (prints, slides, and negatives) are stored separately. Folder contents are in original order and folders are arranged by series. Contents of a slide carousel tray are in original order.

USE

Use of the Palmisano Papers is unrestricted. See shelf list for folder headings. Some audiovisual materials require VHS or carousel slide projection.

REPOSITORY

Monmouth County Archives
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Phone: 732-308-3771

ACQUISITION INFORMATION

This collection was donated to the Monmouth County Archives by Elsalyn Palmisano in January 2013 (Accession 2013-01).

PROCESSING INFORMATION

Finding aid created by Lisa Iannucci on February 5, 2014. Updated November 7, 2014.

CONTAINER LIST
 Box
 Folder  Title  Date
1 1
Women in Early Monmouth: Notes and Correspondence 1975-1978
1 2-3 :Women in History (General Activities and Notable  Women) 1974-1977
1 4
:Women in History (General Activities and Notable Women) 1894-1978
1 5-6 : Women’s History – Manuscript Repositories 1972-1980
1 7 : Women History Conferences 1974-1979
1 8
: Women in History Quizzes 1975-1977
1 9 : Samplers – Women in Monmouth County (MCHA) 1975-1977
1 10 : Women in Union County 1976
1 11 : Women’s Historical Research 1979-1983
1 12 : Portraits (MCHA) County Women, 1750-1850 1944-1977
2 13 : N.J. and Monmouth County Historical Association 1776-1978
2 14 : Newsletter clippings (copies from Palmisano’s home newspaper) 1977-1979
2 15 : Monmouth County NOW (Aug. 26, 1977 Activities-Script) 1909-1977
2 16 : Women in County Lecture – Session II 1977
2 17 : Women and War in New Jersey and Boston (Bibliography) 1976
2 18 : Godey’s Lady Book – Pictures Women’s Dress (1800-1900) (Catalog – Allen House) 1977-1978
2 19 : Book Reviews and Bibliographies 1974-1981
2 20 : Ladies of Trenton Broadside, July 4, 1780, and Sentiments of American Women 1780-1977
2 21 : Freehold Ladies’ Seminary (G. Mezey paper) 1851-1976
2 22 : Exhibits, Films, Plays, Guides to Manuscripts 1975-1983
2 23 : Diary of Eliza Chadwick Scott (A. Morton for A.A.U.W.) 1976
2 24 : Campfollowers (K. Philbrick) (includes photos) 1976-1977
2 25-26 : Molly Pitcher 1723-2001
2 27-28 : New Jersey Women in History 1940-1979
2 29-30 : Revolutionary War – Women’s Activities [folder 1] 1930-1976
3 31 : Women in Early Monmouth County (M. Rush) 1831-1978
3 32 : “Move Over, Molly,” Fall 1976 – Brookdale
Community College
1976
3 33 : New Jersey Historical Commission Grant Application for “Move Over, Molly,” 1977 1977-1978
3 34 : Conference NJEA – Nov. 30, 1977 1977
3 35 : “Women in Early Monmouth” Course Materials – Master Copies 1977-1978
3 36 : “Women in Early Monmouth” – Course Packet with course handouts 1977-1978
3 37 : Newspaper Clippings on Elsalyn Palmisano 1977-1978
3 38 : Miscellaneous 1962-1980
3 39 : Multimedia 1977
3 40 Legacy of the Seabrook Women: Conover, Vera, includes photos 1952-1979
3 41-42 : General Keyport History & Steamboats 1877-1979
4 43 : Keyport Literary Club 1892-1979
4 44 : NJHC Grant Applications 1979-1980
4 45 : Seabrook, Annie (Mrs. William Conover), photos 1870-1979
4 46 : Seabrook, Theresa W., photos 1883-1979
4 47 : Women’s Suffrage 1888-1917
4 48 Alice Paul: Alice Paul NOW 2000
4 49 : Archives Day Materials 1977-2000
4 50 : Book Excerpts 1920-1921
4 51 : Centennial Symposium Evaluation Materials 1984-1985
4 52 : Flyers and Pamphlets 1999-2005
4 53 : Newspaper Clippings 1909-2004
4 54 : Women’s Suffrage Research 1919-2005
4 55 : Photographs 2000, undated
4 56 : Videotapes (Includes copies of cover art) 1996-1998
4A 1 The Women’s Center at Brookdale Community College

: Administrative

1974-1976, undated
4A 2 : Administrative handbook 1974-1975
4A 3 : Bibliographies 1974-1979, undated
4A 4 : Correspondence 1974-1979, undated
4A 5
: Newsletters 1974-1991
4A 6 : Newspaper clippings 1974-1978, undated
4A 7 : Promotional 1974-1977, undated
4A 8
: Reports 1975-1979
4A 9
: Subject heading lists 1974-1979
5  57 Photographic Materials 1976-1977
5 58 : “Move Over Molly” Lecture Slides – Molly Pitcher 1972-1977
5 59 : “Move Over Molly” Lecture Slides – Camp followers 1976-1977
5 60 : Lecture Slides – M.C.H.A. Museum Portraits 1977
5 61 : Slides – Sites Relating to Other County & N.J. Woman 1974-1977
5 62 : Slides – “Remember the Ladies” Exhibit, N.Y. Historical Society 1977
5 63 : Slides – Women’s Dress – Allen House Exhibit 1977
5 64 : Slides – Women’s Samplers – M.C.H.A. Collection 1977
5 65 : Unusual and Duplicate Slides 1958-1979, undated
5 66 : Seabrook Women Photos & Negatives 1979
5 67 : Alice Paul Photos 2000, undated
5 68 : Slide Carousel Tray – Seabrook Women 1979

 

OVERSIZE BOX

1 1 Women in Early Monmouth: N.J. and Monmouth County
Historical Association Manuscript Sources
1776-1787
1 2 : Monmouth County NOW 1919-1970
1 3 : Book Reviews and Bibliographies undated
1 4 : Exhibits, Films, Plays, Guides to Manuscripts 1975
1 5 : Molly Pitcher 1977, undated
1 6 : New Jersey Women in History circa 1978, undated
1  7-8 : Revolutionary War-Women’s Activities 1972, undated
1 9  : NJ Historical Commission Grant Application:

“Women in Early Monmouth” Course Materials-
Master Copies/Course Packet

1978, undated
1 10 : Newspaper Clippings on Elsalyn Palmisano 1977-1978
1 11 : Miscellaneous papers 1976-1978
1 12 Legacy of the Seabrook Women 1973-circa 1979
1 13 Alice Paul: Archives Day Materials 1994-2005
1 14 : Centennial Symposium Evaluation Materials 1985-1994
1 15 : Newspaper Clippings 1977-1979
1  16 : Women’s Suffrage 1922-2005