Ellsworth and her Magnificent Mimeograph Machine
July 29, 2016-May 31, 2017
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Hall, 4th Floor, Library Exhibit Cases
J. Paul Leonard Library
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132
Blanche Wilson Ellsworth (1902-1997) was a professor of English at San Francisco State from 1926 to 1966. President Archibald Anderson appointed her to the English Department in 1926, where she taught half of the courses and earned $1,800.00 per year. At the time of her retirement, Ellsworth had served the longest tenure and shaped the visual identity of the campus for a period of forty years.
Ellsworth produced booklets for all of the College departments. Her work expanded so much that she was allowed to offer a one-unit course on mimeographing so that students could learn as they assisted in this work. Ellsworth, with her little mimeograph machine, became San Francisco State’s unofficial historian and public relations director.
The Blanche Ellsworth Papers are part of the University Archives.