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Dorothy Nichols Dolbey Papers

Identifier: US-76-04A

Scope and Content

This collection of Dorothy Nichols Dolbey's papers include speeches and campaign material.


  • Creation: 1940-1973


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Dorothy Nichols Dolbey

Dorothy Nichols Dolbey, Cincinnati's first female mayor, was a Cincinnati native and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She was first elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1953 and was chosen to be Vice Mayor by the City Council. Upon the death of Mayor Edward Waldvogel, Dolbey served as acting mayor for eight months. Dolbey continued to serve on Cincinnati's City Council as a member of the Charter Party until 1961. Mrs. Dolbey was also highly active in civic and religious organizations including the Better Housing League, the Women's City Club, and the YWCA. She served as president of both the Cincinnati Council of Church Women United and the National Church Women United. Dolbey died in 1991.

Sources: "Dorothy Dolbey," Biographical File, University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library.; "Dorothy Dolbey, 82, City Leader," Cincinnati Post, 14 February 1991, Sec. A, p. 9.; Miller, Martha "Dorothy Dolbey, civic leader" Cincinnati Enquirer, 14 February 1991, Sec. D, p. 4.


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Papers of a Cincinnati civic activist and politician, including speeches and campaign material.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into folders by topic.

Related Material

The University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library also holds two more collections of Dorothy Nichols Dolbey's papers. The accession numbers for these collections are US-75-15 and US-76-4b. More information can be found on the Archives and Rare Books web page :

Guide to the Dorothy Nichols Dolbey Papers, 1940-1973
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0113