Tarbell, Ida, House

320 Valley Rd., Easton, Connecticut

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From 1906 to 1944, this was the home of Ida Tarbell (1857-1944), one of the pioneers of contemporary journalism and literary biography. Tarbell grew up in Pennsylvania oil towns, witnessing first-hand the corrupt practices of large corporations. As a journalist working for McClure's Magazine, Tarbell's reputation was established by biographical series on Napoleon and Lincoln, and sealed by a series on the development of the Standard Oil, which was later published as the two-volume History of Standard Oil. Tarbell and other journalists such as Lincoln Steffens and Upton Sinclair, who set aside bland objectivity and focused on grave social problems from a stance of deep moral concern, were termed "muckrakers" by President Theodore Roosevelt. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1993

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1993
Reference number
93001602
Areas of significance
Communications; Literature
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett

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