Ida Tarbell

IDA M. TARBELL, 1857-1944


Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists—with it all things are possible.

Ida M. Tarbell


In the News

September 14, 2002—The United States Postal Service issued a stamp Four Women in Journalism - Click To Enlargecommemorating Ida Tarbell and three other women journalists—Marguerite Higgins, Ethel Payne and Nellie Bly. The set of Four Women in Journalism stamps was issued on September 14, 2002 in Fort Worth Texas. Follow the link above to read more about the issue and learn how to get a first day of issue postmark of the stamp.

Woman in Journalism stamps and first day covers can be purchased from the US Postal Service web site.

October 7, 2000—Ida M. Tarbell—a leading force in American journalism; a product of the liberal arts, was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. Paula Treckel, Professor of History at Allegheny College, accepted the award in Ida Tarbell's behalf. Dr. Treckel's remarks are reproduced here.

Feature article

Ida Tarbell and the Business of Being a Woman

The feature article was originally presented as a lecture by Professor of History Paula Treckel at the Chautauqua Institute in August 1997. Treckel, who joined the Allegheny College faculty in 1981, was the 1996 recipient of the Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the author of To Comfort the Heart: Women in 17th Century America.

Previously in the news:

November 6, 2001—The United States Postal Service announced that Ida Tarbell will be commemorated in a set of Four Women in Journalism stamps to be issued in recognition of the talents of Ida Tarbell, Marguerite Higgins, Ethel Payne and Nellie Bly. The stamps will be issued on September 12, 2002 in Columbus, Ohio.
October 11, 2000—The Pennsylvania State House passed a resolution today declaring November 4, 2000, "Ida Tarbell Day" in Pennsylvania. The resolution lists several reasons for the resolution, among them that "Ida Tarbell's passion for truth and knowledge is an enduring legacy for the citizens of this Commonwealth and deserves special recognition." The full text of House Resolution no. 614 comes from the Pennsylvania General Assembly web site.
October 16, 2000—American Experience, the longest running history series on television, broadcast The Rockefellers, a two-part miniseries documenting four generations of the Rockefeller family on PBS October 16 and 23. The companion web site offers a wealth of material about the development of the oil industry and features a biographical sketch of Ida Tarbell.
October 5, 2000—Film makers Lisa and Rich Gensheimer were the featured speakers at The Women's Studies Film Series presentation of a new documentary titled Ida Tarbell: All in the Day's Work. Follow this link for more information.
March 10, 2000—The National Women's Hall of Fame announced plans to induct Ida Tarbell, and 18 other distinguished American women, into the Hall on October 7, 2000. The Honors Weekend and Induction Ceremony will be held in historic Seneca Falls, New York, the birthplace of women's rights, where the first Women's Rights Convention was held in 1848.
Ida Tarbell's "The History of the Standard Oil Company", published by McClure's Magazine (1902-1904), was ranked number five in a list of the top works of journalism this century. For the full story see "Journalism's Greatest Hits" on page 1, section C of the March 1, 1999 issue of The New York Times.
The March 16, 1999 issue of The Christian Science Monitor featured an article about Tarbell called Women's history: Muckrakers dug up dirt on big-business.


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