Lutz, Alma. Alma Lutz collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's
rights activists, 1775-1943: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-110; M-133
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lutz, Alma
Title: Alma Lutz collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists,
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Alma Lutz, author and suffragist, and others involved in the abolitionist
and suffrage movements.
Accession numbers: 55-82, 56-89, 370, 430, 1164, 70-12, 70-61
The papers in this collection were purchased by Alma Lutz and given to the Schlesinger Library in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1967, and 1970.
The collection was reprocessed and microfilmed with the support of the Friends of
the Schlesinger Library.
Reprocessed: January 1986
By: Bert Hartry
Access. Originals closed. Use microfilm (M-133).
Copyright. Copyright in the papers in the collection may be held by their authors,
or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
The pages of some items were numbered by the processor (in square brackets) to aid
the microfilmer, the proofreader, and researchers. Blank pages were not numbered.
All reels were proofread by the processor and corrections were made where necessary.
These corrections may disrupt the sequence of frame numbers.
Some items in the collection were difficult to film due to such problems as flimsy
paper with text showing through or faded or smudged writing. The film was carefully
produced and proofread to ensure that these items are as legible as possible.
There are some letters with the text on the two inside page written in two different
directions, and some letters that have the final lines of text and the signature on
page one. In these cases letters were microfilmed as they appear; pages were not turned
and first pages were not refilmed.
For a list of the contents of A-110, see the inventory that follows. When requesting
microfilm, please use the microfilm number and the reel number. For Mf-3, see The
Collected Correspondence of Lydia Maria Child 1817-1880 , Patricia G. Holland and
Milton Meltzer, Editors, Kraus Microform, New York; the call number at the Schlesinger
Library is 322.44/C53h
Folders 1-7, 10-21: M-133, Reel A12
Folders 22-30: M-133, Reel A13
Folders 8-9: M-133, Reel Mf-3
Folder 12 (Mary Grew diary only): M-59, reel 973, no.M13
Alma Lutz collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists,
1775-1943; item description, dates. A-110, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe
Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Alma Lutz, 1921-1961
) and Papers of Alma Lutz, 1927-1946 (A-34
Alma Lutz became involved in the woman's suffrage movement when she returned home
to North Dakota after graduating from Vassar College (1912). She continued to work
for equal rights for women all her life and was the author of many articles and books,
including Created Equal: A Biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. Lutz was an active member of the National Woman's Party, the Massachusetts Committee
for the Equal Rights Amendment, and many other organizations. During 1951-1973 she
served on the Advisory Committee of the Schlesinger Library.
For additional biographical information, see MC 182
, the Alma Lutz papers in the Schlesinger Library, and the Alma Lutz biography file;
see also Who Was Who in America
This collection consists of letters, and a few other items, purchased by Alma Lutz
and reflects her interest in women in American history, particularly those active
in the abolition and suffrage movements.
The items in the collection are arranged alphabetically by writer, and chronologically
when there is more than one item by the same writer. The inventory names the recipient
of each letter, when known, and the index that follows the inventory includes the
names of all recipients. In the inventory each letter -- except short notes, fragments
valuable only as autographs, and items with trivial contents -- is described as follows:
name or title of recipient, date, topics discussed. Letters of one or more pages with
either the salutation or the signature missing have been listed as fragments.
Dates and/or other information have been written on some items by persons unknown;
some dates and other information have been supplied by researchers. In organizing
the material the processor accepted and used this information. Everything added by
the processor is in square brackets, but some dates and other information in square
brackets were previously added by persons unknown.
The bulk of the letters are autograph letters signed; only a few are typed letters
signed. There are typed transcripts of some of the letters; these were prepared by
persons unknown. Corrections, some by persons unknown, others by the processor, appear
on many of these transcripts. The researcher is cautioned that the transcripts are
not always accurate.
Three folders of papers that were in A-110 (#64, 69-70) have been moved to MC 182.
This material (mainly Florence Kitchelt and Rose Arnold Powell correspondence re:
Equal Rights Amendment, National Woman's Party, and Susan B. Anthony) derives from
Alma Lutz's work with the National Woman's Party rather than her autograph collecting.
Two portions of the collection were previously filmed and have not been refilmed with
this collection. The Lydia Maria Child letters (#8-9) were filmed as part of the microfiche
edition of her correspondence (Kraus Microform, 1980), available at many libraries;
at the Schlesinger Library the call number is Mf-3. (The folder numbers on the Child
fiches are those of the original A-110 inventory.) The Mary Grew diary (in #12) was
filmed as part of the History of Women microfilm project (Research Publications, Inc.,
1976); the call number at the Schlesinger Library is M-59, reel 973, no. M13.
This index consists of the names of all identified recipients of letters. Writers
are not indexed because the collection is arranged alphabetically by writer. Subjects
of letters are also not indexed.
The numbers refer to folders.
- Adams, Abigail 29
- Adams, Ann 1
- Alexander, Francis 8, 9
- Anthony, Susan B. 19
- Arnold, James 19
- Arnold, Miss 30
- Arnold, Mrs. 7
- B., Mr. (probably Henry Blackwell) 11
- Baldwin, Hannah 9
- Baldwin, William 8, 9
- Bigelow, Andrew 2
- Biggers, Kate H. 18
- Blackman, Mrs. 27
- Booth [Mary Louise] 6, 26-28
- Boston Post, editor 27, 28
- Botta, [Anne Charlotte Lynch?] 15
- Bowles, Ada C. 14, 16, 20, 27
- Bowles, Samuel 27
- Boyer, Ida Porter 4, 7, 10, 18, 22
- Brown, Mr. 6
- Browne, Mr. 9
- Cable, Mrs. 28
- Chapman, Maria Weston 13
- Cheever, Benjamin 20
- Claflin, William 15
- Clark, Miss 25
- Clarke, [James Freeman] 26
- Colby, Clara 22
- Colby, James [T. or F.?] 13, 16
- Cushman, Major A.S. 28
- Cushman, George 11
- Daily Transcript, editor 28
- Daily Traveller, editor 27
- Dodge, Mr. 20
- Earle, [Pliny], Dr. 11
- Eddy, Mrs. 7
- Ely, Mary D. 4
- Emerson, Joseph 2
- Ernst, C.W 27
- Fairchild, James Harris 26
- Faithfull, Miss 13
- Farrington, Sumner 27
- Fields, James Thomas 8
- Frain, Smith & Co. 28
- Franc 20
- Gaines, Mr. 21
- Garrison, Mr. 5, 16, 17, 26-28, 30
- Garrison, Francis Jackson 9, 10, 15, 17, 20, 26-28, 30
- Garrison, Wendell Phillips 10
- Garrison, William Lloyd 8-10, 17, 18, 20, 26
- Gerry, Elbridge 29
- Gilman, Gerhard? D. 28
- Grant, Hannah A. 2
- Greeley, [Horace?] 22
- Grew, Mary 19, 30
- Hancock, Mrs. C.F. 16
- Harper, [Ida Husted] 16
- Haskell, C. 26
- Hayes, Mr. 27
- Hillhouse, Mr. 2
- Holmes, Mr. 27
- Holt, Hamilton 7
- Hutchinson, Abby J. 8
- Independent, editor 6
- James Monroe & Co. 22
- Jenks, Mr. 2
- J.R. Osgood & Co. 10
- Kaufman, Reginald W. 21
- Larcom, Lucy 23, 25, 27
- Lasar, Sigismond 8
- Lawrence, Mrs. 16
- Lewis, Mrs. F.T. 21
- Life Illustrated, editors 8
- Loring, Ellis Gray 13
- M[c?]Kim, Mr. 24
- Marston, Mrs. 16
- May 20
- May, [Samuel] 8, 17, 24
- Mott, Lucretia 24
- Mott, Lydia 19
- Muller, Miss 27
- Mumford, Charles 25, 26
- Nichol, Elizabeth, see Pease, Elizabeth
- Norton, Mary 4
- Parkhurst, W.E. 8
- Parsons, Anna 28
- [Parsons, Sarah Maria (Preston)] 8
- Patten, Mrs. 9
- Patton, William 15
- Pease, Elizabeth 17
- Phelps, Miss 26
- Phelps-Ward, Mrs. 27
- Plummer, Charles H. 6, 22, 24
- Powell, C.J. 15
- Price, C.E. 28
- Ranson, Miss 16
- Redpath, Mr. 25
- Rice, Dr. 20
- Robeson, Mr. 7
- Robinson, Mrs. 10
- Robinson, Joseph 22
- Robinson, William S. 26
- Rush, Mrs. Benjamin 1
- Sanborn, F[ranklin] B[enjamin] 25, 26
- Sanders, Mrs. 28
- Sargeant, Mrs. J.T. 26
- Sargent, Mr. 9
- Sargent, Mary Elizabeth 8, 9
- [Scudder, Eliza] 8
- Seitz, Dan C. 13
- Sever, Miss 29
- Shaw, Anna Howard 7, 29
- Simpson, Bishop [Matthew?] 13
- Smith, Elizabeth Oakes 28
- [Smith, Gerrit?] 8
- Standard, editor 27
- Stanton, Elizabeth Cady 19
- Star, editor 27
- Start, Edwin A. 27
- Steele, Fanny M. 16
- Stoddard, J.M. 10
- Stone, Lucy 2, 20
- Tenny, H.A. 25
- Thaxter, John 1
- Thomas, Mary Bentley 5
- Ticknor and Fields 8
- Underwood, Mrs. 5
- Underwood, Mrs. S.A. 10
- Upton, Mrs. 28
- Walker, General F.A. 26
- Wallcut, R[obert] F[olger] 8, 24
- Ward, Mrs. 16
- Ward, [Elizabeth (Phelps)?], see Phelps-Ward, Mrs.
- Ward, Mrs. Hayes 27
- Ward, William Hayes 16, 25, 27, 28
- Warren, Mercy 7, 11
- Watson, Mr. 16
- Webb, [Richard D.] 8
- Weiss, John 25
- Wells, Charlotte 15
- West, Mrs. 13
- Wheeler, Mr. 26
- Whiting, Mrs. 28
- Wilkinson, Miss 16
- Winter, [Una R.] 15
- [Woman's] Journal, editors 11
- Woods [Kate Tannatt] 14
- Wyman, Mrs. 28
- 1. Adams, A.:
- Adams, Abigail: Ann Adams (daughter). May 17, 18?.
- 2. Adams, H. - Alcott:
- Addams, Jane: fragment, n.d.
- 3f+ . Authors' Guild of American Women: Statement of purpose. March 28, 1888.
Scope and Contents: Signed by Julia Ward Howe, Kate Tannatt Woods, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Phebe A.
Hanaford, Clara Barton, et al.
See also #14.
- 5. Blackwell, Alice Stone:
- Mary Bentley Thomas. December 13, 1893.
Scope and Contents: Suffrage progress in past year, campaign plans, organizing, Maryland annual meeting.
- Mr. Garrison. March 18, 1897. Mrs. Church's will.
- 6. Blackwell, Antoinette - Blackwell, H.: Blackwell, Antoinette L. (Brown):
For Henry Blackwell, see #25.
- 7. Bowen - Chapman:
- Chapman, Maria Weston: April 10, . Fragment.
- 8. Child, Lydia Maria, 1828-1868:
- Page from autograph book: April 10, 1845.
- [Sarah Maria (Preston) Parsons. December 29, 1850]. Fragment.
- William Baldwin: January 1, 1863.
- [Eliza Scudder]. February 8, 1864. Fragment.
- R.F. Wallcut: May 31, 1865.
- 9. Child, Lydia Maria, 1870-1880, n.d.:
- William Baldwin: November 25, 1879.
- [William] Baldwin: May 6, .
- Isaac T. Hopper message to "Friend Joseph" (1835), with Child explanatory note, n.d.
- 10. Comstock - Foster:
- Farnham, Eliza W.: December 11, 1857. Fragment.
- 11. Fry - Gilman:
- Fry, E[lizabeth]: fr., n.d.
- 12. Grew, Mary:
- Poem by Grew, "The Voyagers of 1840, " n.d.
- 13. Grimké - Hosmer:
For Ida Husted Harper, see #16; for Isaac Hopper, see #9.
- Holley, Marietta: Dan C. Seitz: October 17, 1911.
- Hosmer, Harriet G.: Miss Faithfull. n.d.
- 16. Livermore, Mary A.:
- Autograph. September 14, 1882.
- January 30, 1892. Fragment.
- Miss Ranson. December 9, 1896.
- Clipping, re: Livermore's funeral, May 25, 1905.
- 17. Long - Martineau:
- Martineau, Harriet: Mr. and Mrs. Nichol. Fragment and envelope. Originals missing.
- 18. Norton - Owen, R.:
- Owen, Narcissa: Kate Biggers. n.d. Suffrage
- 19. Parton - Phillips:
For Patton, Ludlow, see #15.
- Phillips, Wendell: Mary Grew. n.d.
- 20. Pillsbury - Purvis:
- Pillsbury, Parker: Autograph. April 2, 1866.
- Pillsbury, Parker: Dr. Rice. March 24, 1896.
Scope and Contents: The name Rice, Dr. Rice's southern tour, Booker T. Washington, Frederic Douglass,
Anne Wright Hilles, General Pierce.
- Purvis, Robert : My very dear friend. February 8, 1877.
Scope and Contents: Purvis' health, Encyclopedia, Atlantic article re: South Carolina, "the decision rendered...by the Commission."
- 21. Rankin - Sanger:
For a photograph of Margaret Sanger, 1941, see #31.
- Sanger, Margaret: Dear Comrade. September 3, 1914.
Scope and Contents: Grand jury indictment, "if I must go to jail - I'll give them something to send me
in on, so am continuing the work," is receiving no support.
- 22. Severance - Smith:
For Smith, Abigail Adams, see #1.
- Sigourney, Lydia Huntley: Poem. March 24, 1864.
- 23. Solis-Cohen - Springston:
- Solis-Cohen, Solomon: Lucy Larcom. June 21, August 19, September 22, October 9 and
Scope and Contents: Publication of his poem in John Greenleaf Whittier's "Songs of Three Centuries," Emma
Lazarus, Heinrich Heine, Christians and Jews.
- Springston, J.L.: [1909?]. Fragment.
Scope and Contents: Written on the reverse of flier in Cherokee. Typed letter re: writing up state candidates
in Cherokee. Autograph letter, signed re: attending talk on suffrage and socialism,
Mrs. [Kate?] Biggers.
- 24. Stone, Lucy, 1846-1858; includes items about, not by, Stone:
- Lucretia Mott. 1850.
Scope and Contents: Mott's address on women, Elizabeth Wilson's book, "the Woman Question," New England
- Robert F. Wallcut. October 6, 1852.
- 30. Washington - Wright:
For Henry C. Wright, see #24.
- Weston, Caroline: Miss Arnold. February 23, no year.
Scope and Contents: Anti-slavery Christmas fair, Liberty Bell, and report written by her sister, Maria Chapman.
- 31. Photographs of Margaret Sanger (from #21) and Mary Grew (from #30).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
Equal rights amendments
Voyages and travels
Woman's journal (Boston, Mass. : 1870)
World's Anti-Slavery Convention (1840 : London, England)
Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818
Adams, Hannah, 1755-1831
Adams, John, 1735-1826
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
American Anti-Slavery Society
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Authors' Guild of American Women
Avery, Rachel Foster, 1858-1919
Baldwin, William Henry, 1863-1905
Barton, Clara, 1821-1912
Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown, 1825-1921
Blackwell, Elizabeth, 1821-1910
Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
Booth, Mary L. (Mary Louise), 1831-1889
Bowles, Ada Chastina Burpee, 1836-1928
Bowring, John, Sir, 1792-1872
Boyer, Ida Porter, 1859-1952
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Chapman, Maria Weston, 1806-1885
Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880
Claflin, William, 1818-1905
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
Colby, Clara Dorothy Bewick, 1846-1916
Comstock, Ada Louise, 1876-1973
Connecticut Committee for the Equal Rights Amendment
Crandall, Prudence, 1803-1890
Dall, Caroline Wells Healey, 1822-1912
Elliot, Maud Howe, 1854-1948
Farnham, Eliza W. (Eliza Wood), 1815-1864
Fern, Fanny, 1811-1872
Foster, Abigail Kelley, 1810-1887
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
Furness, William Henry, 1802-1896
Garrison, Francis Jackson, 1848-1916
Garrison, Helen Eliza, 1811-1876
Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872
Grew, Mary, 1813-1896
Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896
Harper, Ida Husted, 1851-1931
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Holley, Marietta, 1836-1926
Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964
Hooker, Isabella Beecher, 1822-1907
Hopper, Isaac T. (Isaac Tatem), 1771-1852
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Hunt, Harriot Kezia, 1805-1875
Johnson, Adelaide, 1859-1955
Johnson, Oliver, 1809-1889
Kitchelt, Florence Ledyard Cross, 1874-1961
Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893
Lazarus, Emma, 1849-1887
Lippincott, Sarah J. (Sarah Jane), 1832-1904
Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905
Long, John Davis, 1838-1915
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858
Love, Alfred Henry, 1830-1913
Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876
May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871
M'Kim, J. Miller (James Miller), 1810-1874
Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
Owen, Robert L.
Pankhurst, Christabel, Dame, 1880-1958
Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928
Patton, Abby Hutchinson, 1829-1892
Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
Pillsbury, Parker, 1809-1898
Plummer, Charles H.
Powell, Rose Arnold, 1876-1961
Prang, Mary Amelia Dana Hicks, 1836-1927
Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966
Sargent, Mary Elizabeth Fiske, 1827-1904
Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865
Smith, Abigail Adams, 1765-1813
Smith, Elizabeth Oakes Prince, 1806-1893
Solis-Cohen, Solomon, 1857-1948
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
Wallace, Zerelda Gray Sanders, 1817-1901
Wallcutt, Robert Folger
Ward, William Hayes, 1835-1916
Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1892
Wells, Charlotte Fowler, 1814-1901
Whiting, Eliza Rose Gray
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Women's Ministerial Association