Antin, Mary, 1881-1949

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From the description of Mary Antin correspondence, 1934. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449541

Mary Antin was an author and immigration rights activist. Born to a Jewish family in Polotsk in the Russian Pale of Settlement, she immigrated to the Boston area with her mother and siblings in 1894. Antin was heralded as a success story of what "free education and the European immigrant could make of each other," and in 1899 her letters to an uncle describing this journey were published as From Plotzk to Boston. Proceeds from the book allowed her to attend Girls' Latin School. During a field trip sponsored by Hale House, a settlement house in Boston's South End, she met geologist Amadeus William Grabau, a doctoral student at Harvard, whom she later married. They moved to New York where Grabau joined the faculty at Columbia University and where Antin attended college, at Columbia Teachers College (1901-1902) and at Barnard College (1902-1904). Antin was best known for her autobiography, The Promised Land (1912), for her lectures and writings advocating immigration, and for her support of Theodore Roosevelt and his Progressive Party.

From the description of My Cuttyhunk journal, 1899 May 27-30. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 659326840

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creatorOf Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. Mary Antin correspondence, 1934. Library of Congress
creatorOf Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. Correspondence to Eleanor Stimson Brooks, 1929. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn WEPR-FM (Radio station : Greenville, S.C.). Women themselves : women's history sketches for a radio series, 1979-1980 (bulk 1979). Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Cronbach, Abraham, 1882-1965. Papers, 1902-1965. American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Fanny Goldstein Papers., 1926-1961. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Joseph Krauskopf papers, 1885-1923. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Louis Lipsky papers, 1898-1976 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn John Tetlow papers, 1858-1912. Houghton Library
referencedIn Abraham Cronbach Papers, 1902-1965, 1920-1960 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. Correspondence with Rev. Louis C. Cornish, Jan. 7 and Jan. 11, [19]16 and Herbert F. Gunnison, March 10, 1913 / Mary Antin. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Autograph File, A, 1518-2002. Houghton Library
creatorOf Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. My Cuttyhunk journal, 1899 May 27-30. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Shaw, Charles B. Charles B. Shaw collection of letters written by famous women, 1881-1916. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Antin, Mary, 1881-1949. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1931-1944. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Richards, Bernard G. (Bernard Gerson), 1877-1971. Bernard G. Richards papers, 1897-1967 Jewish Theological Seminary of America
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Cuttyhunk Island (Mass.)
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)
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Jewish women
Biology--Study and teaching


Birth 1881-06-13

Death 1949-05-15



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