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Edith McClure Patterson Papers

Identifier: MS-231

Scope and Content

The papers of Edith McClure Patterson are a source of information for research relating to local Dayton education, budget and thrift, women's clubs, and liquor control. The collection also contains National Cash Register (NCR) and John H. Patterson memorabilia. These scrapbooks contain information pertinent to the local Dayton and the State of Ohio area. There are, however, articles of national interest with regard to education and women's clubs.

Series I, Education, contains 3 scrapbooks (Scrapbooks 1, 2, and 3). These scrapbooks contain clippings from 1919 and the early 1920s. The clippings relate to educational issues and the Dayton Board of Education. Scrapbook 1 contains several miscellaneous photographs and postcards.

Series II, Liquor Control, is an oversized book (Scrapbook 4). This book contains clippings about the Ohio Liquor Control Board and alcohol abuse. Span dates for this book are the 1930s.

Series III, Budget and Thrift, contains 7 scrapbooks (scrapbooks 5 through 11). Scrapbook 1 contains pamphlets and booklets about banking and saving money and articles about thrift. Scrapbook 2 includes various newspaper clippings on money, budget and thrift, and budgets for the home. Scrapbook 3 concentrates on the 1923, 1924, and 1925 Dayton, Ohio, Thrift Week activities. Scrapbook 4 contains information about thrift programs and women's club letters. Scrapbook 5 is about the American home. Scrapbook 6 has articles about business management, unions, and small business. Scrapbook 7 is an oversized book about the Dayton Better Homes Week, April 24-30, 1927.

Series IV, National Cash Register (NCR), consists of 3 scrapbooks (Scrapbooks 12, 13, and 14), as well as two boxes of files, containing NCR and John H. Patterson memorabilia. Scrapbook 8 has a variety of articles and programs about education efforts at NCR. Scrapbook 9 contains clippings about John H. Patterson. Scrapbook 10 includes magazines, newspapers, and photographs about NCR's CPC Conventions 1920-1926. (CPC is an acronym for NCR's 100% Salesman Club.) Box 1 contains booklets and articles pertaining to John H. Patterson's life and the history of his family. Also in box 1 are booklets about women and home budgeting, education, and NCR. Box 2 contains NCR newsletters and magazines.

Series V, Personal and Publicity, contains 16 scrapbooks (Scrapbook 15 through 30). These scrapbooks include a variety of clippings about education, budget and thrift, women's clubs, form letters, personal photographs, women in aviation (Scrapbook 23), and liquor control.


  • Creation: 1920-1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1935


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Edith McClure Patterson

Edith McClure Patterson was born June 23, 1881, in Greene County, Ohio. Edith McClure Patterson was the niece (by marriage) of John H. Patterson, founder of National Cash Register (NCR). She was a graduate of Steele High School (Dayton, Ohio) and Lassell Junior College and attended the Boston School of Social Services and the University of Chicago Teachers College. In 1934, she graduated from the University of Dayton. She was married to John Johnston Patterson who held a position with his uncle, John H. Patterson, at NCR. (John J. Patterson died June 20, 1941.) They had one son, John McClure Patterson.

Mrs. Patterson served as president of the Dayton Board of Education from 1930-1935. In 1935, she resigned from the board to accept an appointment to the Ohio Board of Liquor Control. She was the first woman commissioner on the state's liquor control authority and served in that capacity until 1939. Mrs. Patterson was the first Republican woman to run for Congress (1932).

Active with welfare and education work for NCR from 1917 to 1933, she traveled widely in a study of schools and as a lecturer. During World War I, she gained recognition for her work in founding an education program for rehabilitation of soldiers, and in 1921, she conducted a survey in Europe for the federal board of vocational education. In 1925, she created and directed the first school for adult women in industry in America.

Mrs. Patterson made a life-long study of problems affecting the home and children, and, through her interest in women's affairs, became nationally prominent in women's club work. A recognized leader in budgetary control and home management, she was chairperson of the budget committee of the National Federation of Women's Clubs.

Mrs. Patterson died on November 1, 1962. She is buried in the Patterson's family plot in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.


5 linear feet

Language of Materials



Edith McClure Patterson served on the Dayton Board of Education during the early 1930s and from 1915-1939 she was the first woman to serve on the Ohio Board of Liquor Control. In 1932, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress. Patterson was active in welfare and education work, and made a lifelong study of problems affecting the home and children. Her papers and scrapbooks are a source of information about local Dayton education, budget and thrift, home management, women's clubs, and liquor control. Also included are materials pertaining to the National Cash Register Company. Mrs. Patterson was a niece, by marriage, of John H. Patterson, founder and first executive officer of NCR.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series.

  1. Series I: Education
  2. Series II: Liquor Control
  3. Series III: Budget and Thrift
  4. Series IV: National Cash Register (NCR)
  5. Series V: Personal and Publicity Clippings

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory for this collection is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

The scrapbooks of Edith McClure Patterson were accessioned into the Wright State University Department of Archives and Special Collections in the Spring Quarter 1992. The scrapbooks were donated by the Montgomery County Historical Society in December 1991.

Related Material

MS-236 Patterson Family Papers

Guide to the Edith McClure Patterson Papers (MS-231)
Finding aid prepared by Carol Baugh, 1992
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2022 Feb: In Feb 2022, Lisa Rickey revised description to combine the previous Series 6 under Series 4: National Cash Register.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA