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Guide to the Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights Collection, 1866-1989

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College
Title: Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights Collection
Dates: 1866-1989
Quantity: 3 cubic ft (15 boxes)
Abstract: An artificial collection of materials relating to the struggles for woman suffrage and other women's rights. Includes documents relating to debates over the suffrage issue at Vassar College.
Forms of Materials: Petitions, speeches, correspondence, publications, scrapbooks, and broadsides.

Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to woman suffrage include a petition to the New York State Assembly signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Henry Blackwell, and Lucy Stone, 1866; Stanton's speech "Solitude of Self," 1892; speeches by Clara M. Hill and Dr. Howard B. Kelly; correspondence of Henry MacCracken on suffrage and Vassar College, 1917-1918; publications of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and other suffrage organizations; scrapbooks of clippings, 1906-1917; and other programs, songs, plays, speeches, broadsides, government documents, and clippings on woman suffrage in the United States and abroad. Materials relating to women's rights include publications, programs, and other printed materials on equal rights, women and war, women in education, and women's liberation; organizations include the National Woman's Party, Women's Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, and the National Organization of Women.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906.
  • Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909.
  • Hill, Clara M.
  • Kelly, Howard B.
  • MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), b. 1880.
  • Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902.
  • Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893.

Organizations:

  • International Federation of Business and Professional Women.
  • Men's League for Woman Suffrage.
  • National American Woman Suffrage Association.
  • National Organization for Women.
  • National Woman's Party.
  • Political Equality Association.
  • Vassar College.

Subjects:

  • Feminism.
  • Feminists--United States.
  • Women and war.
  • Women in education.
  • Women in business.
  • Women in politics.
  • Women in the professions.
  • Women social reformers.
  • Women's rights.
  • Women--Employment.
  • Women--Societies and clubs.
  • Women--Suffrage.

Places:

  • United States. Women's Bureau.

Document Types:

  • Broadsides.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Songs.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, May 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights Collection, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of various donors, including Priscilla Leith (M2004-003).

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Series List

Series I. Woman Suffrage - General

Series II. Woman Suffrage - Vassar College

Series III. Women's Rights

Container List

WOMAN SUFFRAGE

Folder 1.1 Antisuffrage material.
Folder 1.2 Men's organizations for woman suffrage.
Folder 1.3 Petition to the New York State Assembly, signed by E. Cady Stanton, S.B. Anthony, Henry Blackwell, and Lucy Stone, on behalf of the American Equal Rights Association, 3 January 1866
Folder 1.4 Facsimiles of suffrage broadsides (see also Folder 37), cartoons, and other materials
Folder 11.58 Suffrage calendar, 1912
Folder 1.5 Suffrage photographs
Folder 1.6 Suffrage plays
Folder 2.7 Suffrage postcards
Folder 2.8 Suffrage programs
Folder 2.9 Suffrage songs
Folder 2.10 Suffrage stamps
Folder 2.11 Solitude of Self, an address by E. Cady Stanton, 18 January 1892
Folder 2.12 Suffrage speeches by Clara M. Hill
Folder 2.13 Address by Dr. Howard B. Kelly given when presenting a medallion of Susan B. Anthony to Bryn Mawr College, 1902
Folder 3.14 Germany
Folders 3.15-3.17 Great Britain (see also Folder 7.39)
Folder 3.18 Great Britain: Women as Poor Law Guardians
Folder 4.19 Italy
Folder 4.20 Switzerland
Folder 4.21 United States
Folder 4.22 United States: Selections of U.S. government documents, 1887-1916
Folder 6.27 National American Woman Suffrage Association - catalogs and price lists, 1915-1916, n.d.
Folders 6.28-6.31 National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Folder 6.32 Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association, New York State Woman Suffrage Party, Empire State Campaign Committee
Folder 6.33 Men's League for Woman Suffrage, Political Equality Association
Folder 7.34 The Woman's Journal and American Suffrage Association
Folders 7.35-7.36 Miscellaneous associations' publications
Folder 7.37 Suffrage broadsides
Folder 7.38 Suffrage band and banner
Folder 7.39 Suffrage: Great Britain: Government reports, 1894, 1912
Folders 8.40-8.41 Scrapbooks (2) of suffrage-related clippings, 1906-1917
Mapcase, Drawer 23 "Votes for Women a Success," by the National American Woman Suffrage Association, n.d.

Woman Suffrage - Vassar College

Folder 5.23 General
Folder 5.24 Suffrage Club
Folder 5.25 MacCracken correspondence, 1915-May 1917
Folder 5.26 MacCracken correspondence, June 1917-1918, and n.d.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Folder 9.42 Miscellaneous printed material regarding equal rights for women, 1921-1935, and n.d.
Folders 9.43-9.46 Miscellaneous items relating to and/or printed by the National Woman's Party, 1920-1945, and n.d.
Folder 10.47 Miscellaneous publications regarding women and war (especially World War II), 1920-1945, and n.d.
Folders 10.48-10.51 Miscellaneous publications of the Woman's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor regarding employment of women during World War II
Folder 10.52 First-day-of-issue stamp commemorating women in the armed forces, 1952
Folder 11.53 Miscellaneous publications of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, 1942-1947
Folder 11.54 Materials relating to KNOW, Inc.
Folder 11.55 Miscellaneous publications of the International Council of Women, 1970
Folder 11.55 Miscellaneous publications of the National Council of Women of the United States, 1969-1970
Folder 11.56 Materials relating to the National Organization for Women, 1955-1970
Folder 11.57 Women's Bibliography, by Joan Kelly-Gadol, Sarah Lawrence College, Fall 1974
Box 12 Program and materials of the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, October 4-6, 1972: Women in Higher Education
Box 13 Miscellaneous publications about women's liberation
Box 14 Miscellaneous publications of the National Organization for Women (NOW), 1979-1989
Box 15 Miscellaneous publications of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and other feminist organizations, ca. 1974-1986

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