Scope and Content Note

The contents of Hannah Ann Zell's scrapbook attests to the sense of civic responsibility held and practiced by women during the last quarter of 19th century. As a resident of Germantown, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Zell devoted her scrapbook to the Centennial Exhibition held in that city in 1876, as well as to the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art and the Associate Committee of Women, which primarily raised funds on behalf of the school. Miss Zell took an active role in this committee as well as its predecessor, the Women's Centennial Committee. Her scrapbook consists of clippings, ephemera and occasional correspondence.