The Special Collection of photos, diaries, letters, news articles and books from the life of Bessie Beatty was originally loaned by the Beatty family to Occidental College Professor Norman Cohen as research for a biography of her life. The result of his extensive efforts is a significant collection donated to the College by the Beatty family that illustrates the life of a journalist, writer, activist, and radio host who attended Occidental College from 1903-1906. Her story is known by few people today, but in her day she associated with everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Vladimir Lenin and traveled around the world. She devoted herself to numerous causes, including women's suffrage, unions, and support of the troops in World War II.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, this online collection is currently focusing on photographs, news articles and papers pertaining to Bessie Beatty’s reporting on the Russian Revolution in 1917.
View this collection on the contributor's website.