Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932

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Ellen Browning Scripps was born in Parish, London on October 18, 1836. Ellen was exposed to books and publishing at an early age. Her grandfather was an accomplished publisher and her father, James Mogg Scripps was a successful bookbinder. In 1844, after the death of her mother, her father and her five siblings moved to the United States. The family settled in Rushville, Illinois. Ellen attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where she graduated with honors in mathematics. She was the first female graduate of Knox College. After graduating from College, Ellen taught in public and private schools throughout Illinois. Ellen Browning Scripps also taught many of her siblings and took a particular interest in the education of E.W., her youngest half-sibling. In 1866, Ellen left Illinois to be a proofreader at her brother James's newspaper office in Detroit. However, she returned to Rushville after two years, to care for her ill father. She lived sparingly her entire working life and saved as much money as possible in order to help support family members. After her father’s death, in 1873, she traveled back to Detroit to join her brother James who was founding the "Detroit News." In addition to proofreading for the paper, Ellen prepared her own column. The piece was entitled Miscellany for the Detroit "Evening News." The column was composed of short feature stories which she assembled each evening after a full day of proofreading. E.W. developed Ellen's idea of a daily feature column into the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) Service, Inc. Today the NEA, Inc., a ScrippsHoward company, provides a great number of publishers with commended political commentary and a collection of graphics and illustrations through their daily service. In 1881, Ellen traveled abroad with E.W. during her absence from the paper, Miscellany was replaced by letters she wrote from foreign countries. As a result of the publication of her travel correspondence, Ellen Browning Scripps is sometimes referred to as one of journalism's first foreign correspondents. In 1878, Ellen joined with E.W. in establishing the Cleveland Press. She also invested in many of his publishing enterprises including the Cincinnati Post and other newspapers of the rising Scripps League. Later in life, she moved to Southern California with E.W. and his family and built a home in La Jolla. Ellen Browning Scripps spent most of her wealth in order to create opportunities for many people. Over the years, she contributed to various colleges, museums, zoos, parks, libraries and other associations. Ellen was also known as an early supporter and leader of the woman suffrage movement. Ellen Browning Scripps died on August 3, 1932. She will be remembered for her fulfilling life as a successful educator, publisher and philanthropist.
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creatorOf Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932. Collection, 1840-2000 (bulk 1880-1936). The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
referencedIn Revelle, Ellen, 1910-2009,. Oral history interview, 1998 [sound recording]. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Records, 1901-1923. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Ellen Browning Scripps collection, 1840-2000 (bulk 1880-1936) Claremont Colleges. Library
referencedIn Ritter, William Emerson, 1856-1944. Photographs, 1927-1940. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Marine Biological Association of San Diego (Calif.). Records, 1903-1912. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
referencedIn Blaisdell, James Arnold, 1867-1957. James A. Blaisdell papers, 1853-1984 (bulk 1885-1957). The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
creatorOf Scripps, E. W. (Edward Willis), 1854-1926. E.W. Scripps Papers, 1868-1926. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.). [Faculty series] / [Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.]. Knox College, Seymour Library
creatorOf Ritter, Mary Bennett, 1860-1949. Diaries, 1919-1937. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Savage, H. N. (Hiram Newton), 1861-1934. Bathing pool for children at La Jolla, California / Hiram Newton Savage. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Patricia A. Schaelchlin/ Scripps family research collection, 1791-2003, 1838-2001 Claremont Colleges. Library. Ella Strong Denison Library.
creatorOf Anderson, Victor C. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Honors Professor Fred N. Spiess for Forty Years of Excellence as a Scientist and Leader, August 28, 1992 [sound recording]. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1836-1932. Ellen B. Scripps Diaries 1883-1904. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Marine Biological Association of San Diego (Calif.). Records, 1903-1912. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Gregory E. Montes urban history and travel collection, 1798-1960. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Ellen Browning Scripps Pier. Dedication of Ellen Browning Scripps Pier, July 15, 1988. [sound recording]. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Scripps family. Papers, 1903-1990, bulk 1903-1938. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Schaelchlin, Patricia A. Patricia A. Schaelchlin/Scripps family research collection, 1791-2003 (bulk 1838-2001). The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
creatorOf Ellen B. Scripps Diaries, 1883-1904 Ohio University
referencedIn Scripps Research Institute. Office of Public Affairs. Records, 1919-1992. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scripps Institution of Oceanography biographical files, 1903-1981. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
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Women journalists--20th century--Sources
Women journalists--19th century--Sources
Journalism--20th century--History--Sources
Women educators
Women's education
Journalism--19th century--History--Sources
Philanthropists
Women philanthropists
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Birth 1836-10-18

Death 1932-08-03

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