Elmhirst, Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight

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Philanthropist, educator, publisher, patron of the arts and social activist.

Dorothy Payne Whitney, daughter of William C. Whitney, a financier and secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland, married Willard Dickerman Straight in 1911. Straight died in 1919, and she married Leonard Knight Elmhirst in 1925. Dorothy and Elmhirst purchased Dartington Hall, Devon, England, reconstructed the 14th century manor and founded a school on the property. Dartington Hall became a center for the arts and a leading coeducational progressive school. The New School for Social Research in New York was begun with the backing of the Whitney Estate in 1919. Dorothy was involved with the New York State Food Commission, the Women's Liberty Loan Committee, the Social Unit Plan, the Junior League, the War Camp Service Committee, the Women's Emergency Committee of the European Relief Council, the New School for Social Research, the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, the Pueblos Defense Committee, and the Mayor's Committee of Women on National Defense. She supported individual students at the Bordentown Military Academy and Hobart College, and helped to found THE NEW REPUBLIC.

From the description of Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers, 1887-1978, 1887-1926 (bulk). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63944154

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creatorOf Tobey, Mark. Mark Tobey papers, [ca. 1920]-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Elmhirst, Dorothy Whitney Straight, 1887-1968. Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers, 1887-1978, 1887-1926 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Elmhirst, L. K. (Leonard Knight), 1893-1974. Leonard K. Elmhirst reminiscence, 1920. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. George Lincoln Burr papers, 1861-1942. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918. Willard Dickerman Straight papers, 1825-1925. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Van Volkenburg Browne, Ellen, b. 1882. Autograph letters signed (48) and telegram : Seattle, Los Angeles, Victoria (British Columbia), Florence, New York, Windsor (Vermont), West Brooksville (Maine), Totnes (Devon), to Edward Wagenknecht, 1933-1973 and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Delano & Aldrich. Porch & bathroom for Mrs. Leonard K. Elmhirst, Esq., Westbury, L.I. [graphic] / Delano & Aldrich. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Elmhirst, Dorothy Whitney, 1887-1968. Radiogram, 1936 Dec. 26, Totnes [Eng.] to [Ellen] Ven[!] Volkenburg, New York. University of Michigan
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associatedWith Andrew, A. Piatt (Abram Piatt), 1873-1936. person
associatedWith Auchincloss, J. Howland. person
associatedWith Bacon, Martha W. person
associatedWith Bacon, Robert, 1860-1919. person
associatedWith Bacon, Robert Law. person
associatedWith Barney, Katharine L. person
associatedWith Bolton, Frances P. B. person
associatedWith Bordentown Military Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. person
associatedWith Calhoun, William J. (William James), 1848-1916. person
associatedWith Casenave, Maurice. person
associatedWith Chenoweth, Wilbur, 1899-1980. person
associatedWith Churchill, Winston, 1871-1947. person
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Croly, Herbert David, 1869-1950. person
associatedWith Croly, Louise. person
associatedWith Cross, Ellen Straight. person
associatedWith Curtis, James. person
associatedWith Davison, Henry Pomeroy, 1867-1922. person
associatedWith Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916. person
associatedWith Delano & Aldrich. corporateBody
associatedWith Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Derby, Ethel Roosevelt. person
associatedWith Derby, Richard. person
associatedWith Dix, Margaret G. person
associatedWith Draper, Charles D. person
associatedWith Egan, Martin. person
associatedWith Elmhirst, L. K. (Leonard Knight), 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Fiedler, Alfred W. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Beatrice Bend, d. 1941. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Henry Prather, 1873-1959. person
associatedWith Foord, John, 1842-1922. person
associatedWith French, Charles, Lord. person
associatedWith Harriman, Florence Jaffray, 1870-1967. person
associatedWith Hobart College (Geneva, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
associatedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. person
associatedWith Jay, Delancey K. person
associatedWith Junior League. corporateBody
associatedWith Knowlton, Louise R. person
associatedWith Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974. person
associatedWith Longworth, Alice L. Roosevelt, 1889-1980. person
associatedWith Marvin, George D. person
associatedWith Mayor's Committee of Women on National Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith Merz, Charles, b. 1893. person
associatedWith Morgan, Ruth. person
associatedWith New School for Social Research. corporateBody
associatedWith New York State Food Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips, Caroline D. person
associatedWith Phillips, William. person
associatedWith Pueblos Defense Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Ripley, Annah D. (Countess de Viel Castel) person
associatedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937. person
associatedWith Rumsey, Mary Harriman, 1881-1934. person
associatedWith Sedgwick, Susan R. person
associatedWith Social Unit Plan. corporateBody
associatedWith Straight family. family
associatedWith Straight, Hazel. person
associatedWith Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918. person
associatedWith Swanberg, W. A., 1907- person
associatedWith Swift, Eliza Morgan. person
associatedWith Szechenyi, Gladys M. Vanderbilt, Countess, 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Tobey, Mark. person
associatedWith Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children. corporateBody
associatedWith Tuckerman, May. person
associatedWith Van Volkenburg Browne, Ellen, b. 1882. person
associatedWith Van Volkenburg, Ellen. person
associatedWith Viel-Castel, Anna Dillon Ripley, comtesse de, b. 1886. person
associatedWith Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940. person
associatedWith War Camp Service Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Warren, Lloyd. person
associatedWith Whitehouse, William Fitz Hugh. person
associatedWith Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 18757-1942. person
associatedWith Whitney, Pauline P. person
associatedWith Willard Straight Hall (Ithaca, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Anna L. B. person
associatedWith Women's Emergency Committee of the European Relief Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Liberty Loan Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Young, Stark, 1881-1963. person
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Birth 1887-01-23

Death 1968-12-14

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