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Elizabeth Stephenson Ives Family Papers

Identifier: MS-BC358

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Family Papers, 1797-1996, consist of 34 cubic feet of Stevenson and Ives family papers including correspondence, diaries, business papers, campaign files, financial records, writings, genealogical files and scrapbooks of various family members. These papers are arranged into four series which include: Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Papers, 1898-1995; Ernest Linwood Ives Papers, 1909-1973; Adlai Stevenson II Papers, 1906-1989; and Family History Papers, 1797-1996. Each series contains material by and about the persons named. Oversize bound volumes are stored alongside the archival boxes; oversize folders are filed in the oversize drawers.


  • Created: 1797-1996
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1914-1996
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1955

Conditions Governing Access

Open for access.


34.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Author & historic preservationist from Bloomington, Illinois. Sister of Adlai Stevenson II. Married to Ernest L. Ives, Foreign Service officer. Campaigned for Stevenson during his 1948 Illinois gubernatorial campaign and his 1952 and 1956 U.S. presidential campaigns. Researched family history and participated in numerous historic preservation projects in Illinois and North Carolina. Wrote My Brother Adlai and numerous articles. Collection includes correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, reports, memorials, campaign materials, clippings, scrapbooks and genealogical charts. Topics include Adlai Stevenson’s 1948 gubernatorial campaign and his 1952 and 1956 campaigns for the U.S. presidency, Mrs. Ives’ activities as Illinois Executive Mansion hostess, and Illinois and North Carolina historic preservation projects. Other family members whose activities are documented include Jesse W. Fell, William Osborne Davis, Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I, Helen Davis Stevenson, Lewis Green Stevenson, Adlai E. Stevenson II and Ernest Linwood Ives. Family lines include Fell, Davis, Ives, and Stevenson.

Arrangement Note

Series I: The Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Papers, 1898-1995 (Boxes 1-8 and Oversize Bound Volumes 1-2) includes a Correspondence File, 1898-1990; a Manuscripts, Diaries and Daybooks File; and a Special Interests File.The Correspondence File, 1898-1990 (Boxes 1-4), contains both personal correspondence from family and friends (including VIPs) and business correspondence, and is arranged chronologically. Major correspondents include Lady Bird Johnson, Esther Clifford and Queen Helen. Much of this correspondence covers her life in Europe during her husband’s tenure with the Foreign Service. Her travels and other personal affairs are also documented.The Manuscripts, Diaries and Daybooks File (Boxes 4-7 and oversize materials) includes diaries and diary transcripts, daybooks and manuscript drafts of articles and books written by and about Elizabeth. Of particular note are the manuscripts of My Brother Adlai and her files about John Bartlow Martin’s Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. The diaries and daybooks are arranged chronologically.The Special Interests File (Boxes 7-8) consists of subject folders concerning such topics as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Illinois Executive Mansion, the inaugurations of Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson and the United Nations. Of special interest are several drawings and poems by Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (Box 8, Folder 10). Presidential invitations, brochures, clippings, membership certificates, speech material and sympathy letters on the death of Elizabeth Ives are included.Series II: The Ernest Linwood Ives Papers, 1909-1973 (Boxes 9-11, Oversize BV 3-4, and Oversize MS 1-12) includes a Correspondence and Diaries File and a Writings and Miscellaneous File.The Correspondence and Diaries File (Boxes 9-10) consists of correspondence, diaries and reports documenting Mr. Ives’ Foreign Service career, his work on the Stevenson gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, and family matters.The Writings and Miscellaneous File (Boxes 10-11 and oversize materials) contains correspondence, article manuscripts, speeches, certificates, scrapbooks, and an autobiographical essay (Box 11, Folder 1). Topics cover writing about Algiers, Red Cross activates (1943-1946) in North Carolina, the play “Forever This Land” performed at New Salem State Park, and the death of Ernest Ives.Series III: The Adlai Stevenson II Papers, 1906-1989 (Boxes 12-21, Oversize BV 5-16, and Oversize MS 13-26), includes a Personal File; Gubernatorial Campaign and Term File; Presidential Campaigns and U.N. Ambassadorship File; Writings and Published Materials File; Celebrations, Tributes, and Dedications File; and Scrapbook, Awards and Miscellaneous File.The Personal File (Box 12) contains correspondence and school papers documenting Stevenson’s education, travel and personal and professional life.The Gubernatorial Campaign and Term File (Boxes 12-14 and oversize materials) contains correspondence, reports, financial papers and lists documenting Stevenson’s 1948 gubernatorial campaign and the activities at the Executive Mansion during his term. Mrs. Ives was his official hostess.The Presidential Campaigns and U.N. Ambassadorship File (Boxes 15-17) contains correspondence, campaign materials, itineraries and reports. Topics include the Ives’ participation in Stevenson’s 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, Volunteers for Stevenson, the 1960 draft movement as well as correspondence from Stevenson’s secretaries Carol Evans and Roxanne Eberlein. While some of the secretaries’ correspondence is from Stevenson’s tenure as U.N. Ambassador, the bulk of the material deals with his presidential campaigns.The Writings and Published Material File (Boxes 17-19 and oversize materials) contains speeches, published articles by and about Stevenson, correspondence, book reviews, and newspaper clippings. These writings cover most of Stevenson’s political career as well as Elizabeth Ives’ correspondence with authors of Stevenson books. Of particular note is correspondence with Walter Johnson regarding the published edition of Stevenson’s papers.The Celebrations, Tributes and Dedications File (Boxes 19-21) reflects the honors paid to Stevenson both during his life and after death. It includes correspondence, telegrams, clippings, poems, cards, toasts, articles, statements, resolutions and Adlai E. Stevenson Lecture Series materials. Memorials are arranged by place.The Scrapbooks, Awards and Miscellaneous File (Box 21 and oversize material) contains scrapbooks and awards documenting Stevenson’s career.Series IV: The Family History Papers, 1797-1996 (Boxes 22-29, Oversize BV 17-19, and Oversize MS 14, 27-36) includes an Individual Family Members File, 1858-1996; Genealogy and Historic Preservation File, 1797-1993; and Family Miscellaneous Material File.The Individual Family Members File, 1858-1996 (Boxes 22-27 and oversize materials), contains correspondence, business papers, notes, diaries, speeches, articles and account books arranged by family member. The material created by each person comes first followed by material about that person. Jesse W. Fell, William Osborne Davis, Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I, Lewis Green Stevenson and Helen Davis Stevenson are major persons documented.Series IV: The Family History Papers, 1797-1996The Individual Family Members File, 1858-1996-cont.-Family business, travel and politics are documented. Leonard Schlup’s research on Adlai Stevenson I is also included. Lewis G. Stevenson’s term as Illinois Secretary of State is documented.The Genealogy and Historic Preservation File, 1797-1993 (Boxes 27-29) includes correspondence, family charts, coats of arms, obituaries, notes, Bible pages, and clippings documenting Mrs. Ives’ research into her family lines as well as her work on various historic preservation projects in Illinois, North Carolina and Kentucky. The Davis, Ewing, Fell, Ives, and Stevenson family lines have been researched, among many others.The Family Miscellaneous Material File (Oversize materials) contains clippings, scrapbooks, publications, and certificates that reflect Mrs. Ives’ interests in Stevenson family history and historic preservation.

Accruals and Additions

1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1997
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Paul Spence, Merleen Dibert, Cheryl Schnirring, and John Stassi
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Repository Details

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