Hanau, Stella

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Stella Bloch was born July 24, 1890, in Manhattan, New York. Shortly before entering Barnard college she met Hella Bernays, niece of Sigmund Freud, who became and remained her best friend throughout life. In 1914 Stella married Leo Hanau. After World War I the couple set up a joint household with the Bernays family. During the 1920s, Stella was active in experimental theaters in lower Manhattan. Stella Hanau and Hella Bernays were also active in the women's suffrage movement, and Stella was active in the American Birth Control League, the Works Progress Administration, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Hanau and Bernays also shared a common interest in psychiatry and fostering community mental health programs.

In the1940s, Stella Hanau served as editor for the Works Progress Administration Writers Program and wrote publicity for the Department of Commerce and the War Production Board. In 1948, the Loyalty Board of the Department of Commerce investigated Stella Hanau. The board scrutinized her friends and acquaintances, affiliations with left wing politics, and her Jewish heritage. Stella Hanau was cleared of all charges in 1949. During the post-war years, Stella Hanau was self-employed doing editorial and rewrite work for professionals in the area of psychiatry and for the American Psychiatric Association.

From the description of Stella Hanau papers, 1904-1998. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 65167706

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ethel Remington Hepburn papers, 1933-1941. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Hanau, Stella. Stella Hanau papers, 1904-1998. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Himes, Norman Edwin, 1899-1949. Papers of Norman E. Himes, 1918-1956 (inclusive), 1925-1950 (bulk). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947. Papers, 1874-1945 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Hepburn, Ethel Remington. Ethel Remington Hepburn papers, 1933-1941. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Provincetown Playhouse. Letters, 1925-1927, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947. Papers: Series III, 1909-1942 (inclusive) [microform]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith American Psychiatry Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Bernays, Hella Freud, 1893-1994. person
associatedWith Bloch family. family
associatedWith Colby, Merle, 1902-1969, person
associatedWith Dennett, Mary Ware, 1872-1947. person
associatedWith Hanau, Leo. person
associatedWith Hanau, Richard. person
associatedWith Hepburn, Ethel Remington. person
associatedWith Hepburn, Ethel Remington. person
associatedWith Himes, Norman Edwin, 1899-1949. person
associatedWith Lesher, Robert A. person
associatedWith MARY (WARE) DENNETT person
associatedWith Provincetown Playhouse. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Commerce. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Mental health--20th century
Psychiatry--20th century
Experimental theater--20th century
Women editors--20th century
Birth control--20th century


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Active 1998


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