Guide to the Amelia MacDonald Cutler Papers, 1906-1921
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Series List
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Cutler, Amelia MacDonald, 1882-1947|
|Title:||Amelia MacDonald Cutler Papers|
|Quantity:||0.30 cubic ft (63 items in 1 box)|
|Abstract:||Papers concerning her interest in woman suffrage and including letters from Anna De Baun, John M. Glenn, Norval D. Kemp, Henrietta W. Livermore, Caroline Ruutz-Rees, Anna Howard Shaw, and Vira Boarman Whitehouse, 1908-1917; one letter from Cutler to Livermore, 1916; two letters about Cutler from Carrie Chapman Catt and Norval D. Kemp, 1908-1916; clippings, programs, and other miscellaneous printed matter on suffrage work, 1916-1921; and manuscripts and typescripts by Cutler on rural life and people, 1906-1917.|
|Forms of Materials:||Correspondence, clippings, and programs.|
Amelia Shaw Macdonald was born in Delhi, New York on September 28, 1882, the daughter of John Thompson and Catherine Coville MacDonald. Miss MacDonald entered Vassar College with the Class of 1904 and received her degree in 1907. On March 2, 1909, she married Charles Evelyn Cutler, a landscape architect, and the two took up residence in Westport, Connecticut.
Following her graduation from Vassar, Amelia became involved in the woman's suffrage movement. She was a member of the board of the League of Women Voters and acted as an advisor to the National American Woman Suffrage Movement as well as the New York State Commission on Country Life. Amelia was particularly dedicated to the suffrage movement in rural areas, being convinced that the achievement of woman's suffrage in farming communities was essential to the improvement of country life on the whole.
In addition to her suffragist activities, Amelia MacDonald Cutler expressed a keen interest in the restoration of farmhouse and colonial architecture types, with an emphasis on the preservation of historical landmarks that figured in Pre-Revolution days. Her knowledge of historical architecture was once described as being "exhaustive." She was also highly recognized for her contributions to the conservation of Connecticut state forests and wildflower life. She was active in the Westport Garden Club and was elected chairman of the New England Wildflower Preservation Society, a position she would hold until her death on February 16, 1947.
The Amelia MacDonald Cutler Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials related exclusively to her involvement in the Women's Suffrage Movement. There is no information dealing with her interest in landscape architecutre and historical preservation.
The Collection consists chiefly of correspondence. Letters are arranged alphabetically by author. The 47 letters written to Cutler span from 1908 to 1917, and deal with the various papers and articles that she wrote to improve rural conditions and further the suffrage movement.
A set of 34 letters written between Cutler and Lucy Maynard Salmon (1908-1924) together with 2 letters written by Adelaide Underhill can be found within the Lucy Maynard Salmon Collection at Vassar College. These letters cover a broader range of topics than do those contained within the Cutler Collection, including personal matters, wildflower preservation, and landscape architecture.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
- Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947.
- De Baun, Anna.
- Glenn, John M.
- Kemp, Norval D.
- Livermore, Henrietta Jackson Wells, b. 1864.
- Ruutz-Rees, Caroline, 1865-
- Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919.
- Whitehouse, Vira Boarman, 1875-1957.
- Country life.
- Farm life.
- Rural women--Social conditions.
- Women social reformers.
- Women's rights.
Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, November 2006.
Amelia MacDonald Cutler Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Original processing date unknown.
Updated October 1990.
Gift of Amelia MacDonald Cutler.
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE
SERIES II. TYPESCRIPTS and MANUSCRIPTS
SERIES III. PRINTED MATERIAL
SERIES IV. FRAGMENTS
Letters to Amelia MacDonald Cutler
|Folder 1.1||Cutler, Janer (daughter) VC 1934, 1934 (1 letter)|
|Folder 1.1A||DeBaun, Anna, 1915-1917 (3 letters)|
|Folder 1.2||Glenn, John M., 1908-1909 (3 letters)|
|Folder 1.3||Kemp, Norval D., 1908-1909 (8 letters)|
|Folder 1.4||Livermore, Henrietta W., 1916, n.d. (6 letters, 1 w/ draft of reply)|
|Folder 1.5||Ruutz-Rees, Caroline, 1915 (4 letters)|
|Folder 1.6||Shaw, Anna Howard, 1915 (3 letters)|
|Folder 1.7||Whitehouse, Vira Boarman, 1916 (4 letters)|
|Folder 1.8||Minor correspondence, 1908-1917, n.d. (16 letters)|
Letters from Amelia MacDonald Cutler
|Folder 1.9||To Henrietta W. Livermore, 1916 (1 letter)|
|Folder 1.9A||To Marie Maples Preson, VC 1900, 1900 (1 letter)|
Letters about Amelia MacDonald Cutler
|Folder 1.10||Letter from Carrie Chapman Catt to Lucy Maynard Salmon; from Norval D. Kemp to John M. Glenn, 1908-1916 (2 letters)|
|Folder 1.10A||Doctor's excuse for Amelia Cutler, with Cutler's [?] drawing, 1902 (1 item)|
|Folder 1.11||"Social Conditions Among the Country Folk of New York State,"  (TS, 14 p. )|
|Folder 1.12||"Farm Women and Insanity,"  (TS, 6 p. )|
|Folder 1.13||"Reciprocity with Canada," [ca 1916] (MS, 8 p. )|
|Folder 1.14||"How to Reach the Rural Voters,"  (MS, 18 p. )|
|Folder 1.15||"How to Reach the Rural Voters," (partial typescript)  (TS, 5 p. )|
|Folder 1.16||News articles concerning Cutler's suffrage activities (photocopy), 1916, n.d. (3 articles)|
|Folder 1.17||Miscellaneous printed materials, 1921, n.d. (1 flyer, 2 programs)|
|Folder 1.17A||Cutler Memorial and Genealogical History, 1989|
|Folder 1.18||Description of documents contained within the Cutler Collection, n.d. (1 item)|