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Stella Bloch Hanau Scrapbook

Identifier: BC15-12

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Stella Bloch Hanau Scrapbook consists of a conserved scrapbook and separately housed physical memorabilia. The scrapbook starts in 1905 with programs, invitations to events, and photographs from Stella's years at Wadleigh High School and continues through her attendance at Barnard and into her time as an alumna still involved in the school.

The scrapbook is notable for its hand-lettered subject headings, and for the detailed record of theatrical productions that Bloch was involved in. It contains programs, handwritten musical scores, cast lists and changes, black and white photographs of performances and rehearsals,and reminder notes for meetings of casts and crews.

The scrapbook also contains various freshman class paraphernalia (a sunflower, a green scarf) from the 1907 Mysteries; various botanical specimens; dance cards; black and white photographs of costumes, picnics, and various other events; invitations to Barnard events; information relating to the Women’s Liberation front and a broadside advertising mass meeting in honor of Emmeline Pankhurst; and a program for “What Every Barnardite Knows—A Fit in 5 Spasms from the Bulldog to the Bear,” dated 1910. The scrapbook ends in 1913, two years after Bloch’s graduation.

Included in the collection are three diaries Bloch kept between the ages of twelve and nineteen. Of note are Hanau's experiences as a Jewish student at Barnard and her descriptions of crushes among her female classmates through high school and college.


  • Creation: 1903-1913



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Stella Bloch was born July 24th, 1890 in New York City. After attending Wadleigh High School in Manhattan, she majored in English literature at Barnard College. There, she participated in the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, Deutscher Kreis, the College Settlements Association, and acted as the secretary-treasurer for the Barnard chapter of the Collegiate Equal Suffrage League of New York State. Bloch graduated in 1911. In 1914, she married Leo Hanau, a German immigrant. She was active in experimental theater productions, in the WPA where she worked as the staff editor for the “WPA Writers’ Project”, and was also an early advocate of birth control and Planned Parenthood. She was under suspicion for communist leanings in the late 1940s by the Loyalty Board of the Department of Commerce, instigated by her leftist politics and Jewish heritage. Hanau died in 1972.


3.15 Linear Feet (1 half document box, 2 oversize boxes )




This collection consists of the scrapbook and three diaries of Barnard alumna Stella Bloch Hanau. The scrapbook and diaries were created by Bloch preceding, during, and after her years as a Barnard College student. Most material is pertinent to Barnard College, but some is from her time at Wadleigh High School.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Barnard Archives in 1982 by Susan L. Boone of the Sophia Smith Collection. The donation was made upon Barnard-related items being deaccessioned from Smith's acqusition of the Stella Hanau Papers.


No additions are expected.

Alternative Forms of Material

Digital surrogates of BC15.12 are available online at:

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett and Stephanie Mannheim BC ’14. Finding aid written by Stephanie Mannheim in July 2011.

Finding Aid updated by Alice Griffin BC'15 in July 2015.

Finding Aid updated by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez in October 2017.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Stella Bloch Hanau Scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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