Caroline Werner Gannett Papers,1888-1978.

Collection Number: 2475

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Caroline Werner Gannett papers, 1888-1978.
Collection Number:
2475
Creator:
Caroline Werner, Gannett 1894-1979.
Quantity:
8.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Diaries, Research Materials, Scrapbooks
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers of Caroline Werner Gannett contain personal, business, and social correspondence, including letters between CWG and her parents, sisters, friends, husband, and children; courtship letters from Frank E. Gannett; correspondence relating to Rochester and Miami Beach country clubs and other social groups in which she was actively involved; letters concerning her work with the Frank E. Gannett Newspaperboy Scholarship Fund, Inc., the American Red Cross (1941-1944), the New York State War Council, the New York State Board of Regents (1947-1963), and other organizations; and letters regarding her many awards, citations, and honorary degrees. Also, correspondence, speeches, drafts, and printed material pertaining to CWG's involvement with the Syracuse University Youth Development Center and the White House Conference on Children and Youth; and correspondence, printed material, and memorabilia relating to the 1960 Republican campaign. The collection also includes photographs of the Gannett, Werner, and related families, as well as pictures of CWG, her friends, and associates; student scrapbooks, diaries, poems, plays, and other prose written by Caroline Werner; and printed material from social, political, and religious organizations.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Civic leader.
Caroline Werner was born in Rochester, New York, on January 22, 1894, the daughter of Lillie Boller Werner and New York State Court of Appeals Judge William E. Werner. She attended public schools in Rochester until the 8th grade, completing her education in various private schools. She also spent a year at "Pension Glucker," a girls school in Munich, and traveled throughout Europe during her teens. On March 25, 1920, Miss Werner married Frank E. Gannett, who had moved to Rochester two years earlier when he and two business associates purchased the ROCHESTER TIMES-UNION. A strong supporter of her husband's business and political careers, Mrs. Gannett campaigned actively for her husband when he sought the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1940. She also served as a board member of the Gannett Company, as Vice President and Director of the Gannett Foundation, and was involved in the Frank E. Gannett Nespaperboy Scholarships and the Gannett Youth Center. Remaining active in politics after Frank Gannett's death in 1957, she served as co-chairwoman of the Senior Americans for Nixon-Lodge Committee in 1960.
Caroline Gannett's social and civic works were numerous. She served as a member of the Board of the Convalescent Hospital for Crippled Children, member of the War Council of New York (working in centers caring for children of war plant workers during World War II), vice-chairwoman of the First Aid Department of the Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross (1941-1944), member of the Honorary Board of Partrons of Hartwick College (1944), honorary chairwoman of the Lights-on-for-the-Blind Drive of the Rochester Eye Bank (1958), and as a member of many other organizations. In 1947 she was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents, a position she held until 1963. Mrs. Gannett was also affiliated with the Syracuse University Youth Development Center (1958-1961) and the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. She died on January 4, 1979.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Papers of Caroline Werner Gannett contain personal, business, and social correspondence, including letters between CWG and her parents, sisters, friends, husband, and children; courtship letters from Frank E. Gannett; correspondence relating to Rochester and Miami Beach country clubs and other social groups in which she was actively involved; letters concerning her work with the Frank E. Gannett Newspaperboy Scholarship Fund, Inc., the American Red Cross (1941-1944), the New York State War Council, the New York State Board of Regents (1947-1963), and other organizations; and letters regarding her many awards, citations, and honorary degrees. Also, correspondence, speeches, drafts, and printed material pertaining to CWG's involvement with the Syracuse University Youth Development Center and the White House Conference on Children and Youth; and correspondence, printed material, and memorabilia relating to the 1960 Republican campaign. The collection also includes photographs of the Gannett, Werner, and related families, as well as pictures of CWG, her friends, and associates; student scrapbooks, diaries, poems, plays, and other prose written by Caroline Werner; and printed material from social, political, and religious organizations.
Correspondents include James E. Allen, Lord Beaverbrook,Alexander M. Beebee, Morris Bishop, Bennett Cerf, Winston Churchill, Cornelis W. de Kiewiet, Thomas E. Dewey, Howard I. Dillingham, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mark Ellingson, Edward R. Eastman, Jacob Javits, Lyndon B. Johnson, Kenneth B. Keating, Charles Kettering, Deane W. Malott, Richard M. Nixon, Mary Pickford, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Harry G. Stutz, William P. Tolley, Frank E. Tripp, Amy Vanderbilt, James Whalen, educators, Gannett newspapermen, friends, and persons seeking Mrs. Gannett's aid.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Gannett, Caroline Werner,1894-1979.
Allen, James Edward.
Beaverbrook, Max Aitken, 1879-1964.
Beebee, Alexander M.
Bishop, Morris, 1893-1973.
Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
De Kiewiet, C. W.(Cornelius William), 1902-
Dewey, Thomas E.(Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
Dillingham, Howard I.
Eastman, Edward Roe, 1885-1970.
Eisenhower, Dwight D.(Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Ellingson, Mark.
Gannett, Frank E.(Frank Ernest), 1876-1957.
Javits, Jacob K.(Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.
Johnson, Lyndon B.(Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Keating, Kenneth B.
Kettering, Charles Franklin, 1876-1958.
Malott, Deane W.(Deane Waldo), 1898-
Nixon, Richard M.(Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979.
Rockefeller, Nelson A.(Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.
Stutz, Harry G.(Harry George), 1885-1954.
Tolley, William Pearson, 1900-
Tripp, Frank E.
Vanderbilt, Amy.
Werner, Lillie Boller.
Werner, William E.
Whalen, James.
Frank E. Gannett Newspaper Foundation.
Frank Gannett Newspaperboy Scholarship, Inc.
Gannett Company.Board.
Gannett Health Center (Cornell University)
Gannett Youth Center.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Syracuse University.Youth Development Center.
University of the State of New York.Board of Regents.
White House Conference on Children and Youth

Subjects:
Charity organization.
Education and state.
Education.
Social work with youth.
Social service.
Politics, Practical.
Political collectibles.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women in politics.
Volunteers.

Places:
Rochester (N.Y.)--Politics and government.
Rochester (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
Monroe County (N.Y.)
New York (State)--Politics and government.

Form and Genre Terms:
Diaries.
Memorabilia.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Caroline Werner Gannett papers, #2475. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
See also the Frank Ernest Gannett Papers, Collection number 1900.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Organization: I. General Correspondence, 1888-1978; II. Syracuse University Youth Development Center, 1958-1962; III. White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1958-1960; IV. Volumes, 1902-1960; V. Photographs, 1898-1966; VI. Printed Material, ca. 1947-1966; VII. Republican Presidential Campaign, 1960.

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