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Eleanor Skelton Cash diary on rolls of toilet paper, 1986

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


The papers of Eleanor Skelton Cash (1926–ca. 2014) chronicle her transformation from suburban housewife to drifter. Along the way, she experienced homelessness and spent time in alternative living communities, including the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. In 1986, Cash spent a short time in a New York City women’s shelter. Without access to writing paper, she used rolls of toilet paper to record her experience there.

Eleanor Skelton Cash Papers, Schlesinger Library

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Heather Min