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Earhart, Amy Otis, 1869-1962



  • Existence: 1869 - October 29, 1962

BIographical information

Amy Otis Earhart was born to Alfred and Amelia Otis in 1869 in Atchison, Kansas. Alfred Otis was a state judge and politician, who later rose to the ranks of a U.S. District Court judge.

Amy Otis married lawyer Edwin Stanton Earhart in 1895. After marrying they moved to Kansas City, where Amelia Mary (1897) and her sister Grace Muriel (1899) were born. Edwin and Amy later moved to Des Moines, before ultimately separating in 1915. After the separation, Amy moved with her daughters to Chicago. The Earharts reunited for a number of years and moved to Los Angeles, before divorcing in 1924.

Amy Otis Earhart lived with Muriel for several years, before moving to live with Amelia and her husband George Putnam Palmer in North Hollywood 1937. After Amelia's disappearance, Amy remained in North Hollywood, hopeful that her daughter would return. She eventually moved back to Medford, Massachusetts to live with Muriel.

Amy Otis Earhart passed away in 1962.


MC 398, Papers of Amy Otis Earhart, 1884-1987. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Accessed March 1, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence and photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 79
Scope and Contents The Zelda Gould collection of Amy Otis Earhart correspondence and photographs documents the thoughts and feelings Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, was experiencing after the disappearance of her daughter, and then coming to terms with her fate. Topics also include World War II and the events following the war, politics and elections, current events of the era, hobbies, personal concerns, thank-you notes, among other topics. There are some newspaper clippings about Amelia...
Dates: 1930 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1949