Ferry, Elinor

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Elinor Ferry (1915-1993), journalist, labor organizer, and socialist. Ferry became a sports writer for the Hearst newspaper chain at the age of 16 and shortly after helped organize the Newspaper Guild. From there, she became an assistant to Michael Quill, head of the Transport Workers Union. In the 1950s, Ferry documented the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and worked to aid those who refused to testify on Fifth Amendment grounds before Congressional committees investigating Communism. Ferry was also active in the Independent Socialist Party (ISP), which attempted to unite former Communists with other socialists, from 1958-1960. In the 1960s Ferry worked on an unpublished book-length manuscript on Whittaker Chambers and his role in the Alger Hiss case. At one time Ferry was married to George Kirstein, publisher of The Nation .

From the guide to the Elinor Ferry Papers, undated, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

ca. 1912 b. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

1930's was one of the first female sports reporters (wrote under the name "Betty Moore") for the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph.

Married to George Kirstein for ten years (her second marriage).

Resided mostly in Mamaroneck, New York.

Secretary of Emergency Civil Liberties Union.

Worked for Steel Workers Organizing Committee.

Died in the mid 1990's.

From the guide to the Papers, 1944-1988, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

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referencedIn Zeligs, Meyer Aaron. Meyer Aaron Zeligs Papers. 1923-1978. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn William H. Taylor Case Files, 1938-1957 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Ferry, Elinor. Papers, 1944-1988 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Eddy, George A. Papers, 1925-1997. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Papers, 1925-1997 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Elinor Ferry Papers, undated Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1911-1999 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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Women socialists--United States
Socialism--United States
Subversive activities--United States--History--20th century
Political crimes and offenses--United States
Anti-communist movements--United States
Trials (Political crimes and offenses)--United States
Communism--United States
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Birth 1912

Death 1990

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