Guide to the Susan B. Anthony Papers, 1854-1905
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Related Material
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Series List
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906|
|Title:||Susan B. Anthony Papers|
|Quantity:||.05 cubic ft (1 box with 99 items)|
|Abstract:||Copies and some originals of correspondence to and from Susan B. Anthony, as well as a few autographed statements.|
Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts, on 15 February 1820, Her parents, Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read, raised her and her seven siblings as Quakers. After a series of financial setbacks and relocations, the Anthony family settled in Rochester, New York, where Susan B. Anthony became acquainted with many abolitionists and women's rights reformers of her day, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Bloomer and Samuel May. In the early 1850s she formed an alliance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton that was critical to the fight for woman suffrage.
In the late 1860's, Anthony published a radical periodical, The Revolution, and became executive director of the National Woman Suffrage Association. In 1892, two years after this organization had merged with the American Woman Suffrage Association, she became president of the combined organization, the National American Woman Suffrage Association. By the time Susan Anthony died on 13 March 1906 in Rochester, New York, at age of eighty-six, four states had granted women equal suffrage.
The main concern of Anthony's letters from 1854-1866 was the antislavery movement. After the Civil War she directed all her energy to the struggle for equal rights for women.Major Correspondents include Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, Samuel May, Eliza R. Whiting, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (Letters from Anthony to Stanton are in Vassar's Stanton collection). Most letters are hand-written and have an accompanying transcript.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.
- Alma Lutz Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
- Woman Suffrage and Women's Rights Collection, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
- The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Microfilm. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c1991. 45 microfilm reels. VC microfilm no. 947.
- Garrison, Francis Jackson, 1848-1916.
- Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879.
- May, Samuel, 1810-1899.
- Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902.
- Whiting, Eliza Rose Gray.
- National American Woman Suffrage Association.
- National Woman Suffrage Association (U.S.)
- Slavery--Anti-slavery movements.
- Women social reformers.
- Women's rights.
- Women--Social conditions.
- United States--Politics and government.
- United States--Social conditions.
Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, November 2006.
Susan B. Anthony Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Original processing date unknown.
Guide updated by Dean Rogers, September 2005.
Links to digital content added by Zack Bodnar, July 2015
Gift of Alma Lutz, Vassar Class of 1912.
Series I. Correspondence
Letters from Susan B. Anthony
Letters to Susan B. Anthonyny
Series II. Autographed Cards
Series III. Receipt