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Ellen Clark Revelle Collection

 Collection
Identifier: D-Mss-0003

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ellen Clark Revelle Collection includes correspondence of Ellen Clark Revelle, Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps College alumni and faculty, and family and friends, biographical publications, news clippings, academic work and notes from Revelle’s time at Scripps College, and photographs regarding Revelle’s personal philanthropic endeavors, the Scripps family, and Scripps College. The bulk of the collection is found in Correspondence of Ellen Clark Revelle, including her letters from her time at Scripps College (1927-1931), with Ellen Browning Scripps, regarding Scripps College affairs, and with her personal and professional connections. Also of note are the news clippings, photographs, and also academic work, newsletters, and pamphlets in the Ellen Clark Revelle Collection document Scripps College history. Additionally, the news clippings, and photographs, and also publications document Revelle’s life, and that of the entire Scripps family.

Dates

  • 1906-2009

Language of Material

Languages represented in the collection: English.

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff for all requests for permission to reproduce or to publish.

Biography / Administrative History

Ellen Clark Revelle, formerly Ellen Virginia Clark, was born in 1910 in La Jolla, California, where she went on to spend much of her life. Revelle was a member of the first graduating class of Scripps College in 1931, which her great aunt Ellen Browning Scripps founded four years prior. She majored in Psychology. While at Scripps, in 1927, Revelle met Pomona College student Roger Revelle at a Valentine's Day dance, whom she married shortly after her graduation on June 22, 1931. The two went on to live in Norway, Washington D.C., Cambridge, Massachusetts, and La Jolla, California in pursuit of Roger’s remarkable medical career. The couple had four children, three daughters and one son. As of 2009, their family had grown with 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Ellen Clark Revelle supported Roger in his career, including aiding in the founding of University of California, San Diego. Revelle also followed in the footsteps of her philanthropic ancestors, and served on various boards and made generous donations throughout her life. Most prominently, she remained closely tied to Scripps College, serving on the Board of Trustees, working with the Alumni Association, and delivering a commencement address in 1991. The Revelle House on the Scripps College campus was named for the esteemed alumna. After Roger’s death in 1993, Revelle remarried a friend, Rollin Eckis, a Pomona College alum. While at Pomona, Eckis majored in Geology, which he used to find success in the oil industry. Eckis died in 1993. Ellen Clark Revelle died on May 6, 2009 at 98 years of age.

Extent

8 boxes

Abstract

The Ellen Clark Revelle Collection includes correspondence of Ellen Clark Revelle, Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps College alumni and faculty, and family and friends, biographical publications, news clippings, academic work and notes from Revelle’s time at Scripps College, and photographs regarding Revelle’s personal philanthropic endeavors, the Scripps family, and Scripps College.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Associations, 1971-2008 and undated Series 2: Awards, 1923-2008 and undated Subseries 2.1: Ellen Browning Scripps, 1966-2007 and undated Subseries 2.2: Ellen Clark Revelle, 1923-2008 and undated Series 3: Books, 1926-2003 and undated Series 4: Calendars, 1942-2009 and undated Series 5: Clippings, 1928-2008 and undated Series 6: Correspondence, 1906-2009 and undated Suberies 6.1: Revelle, Ellen Clark, 1926-2009 and undated Subseries 6.2: Revelle, Ellen Clark and Roger Revelle, 1931-1989 Subseries 6.3: Scripps, Ellen Browning, 1906-1930 and undated

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Revelle children upon Ellen Clark Revelle's death in 2009.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Lee, Martha Serrano, Jeanette Lomeli, and Helen Anderson, Summer 2022.

Title
Ellen Clark Revelle Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Jessica Lee, Martha Serrano, Jeanette Lomeli, and Helen Anderson
Date
2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the 02 - Ella Strong Denison Library Repository

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