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A-110; M-133

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

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Descriptive Summary

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, 1775-1943
Date(s): 1775-1943
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: January 1986
By: Bert Hartry

Conditions Governing Access:

Access. Originals closed. Use microfilm (M-133).

Conditions Governing Use:

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

Preferred Citation:

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.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Alma Lutz, 1921-1961 (MC 182) 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 (1974-1976).


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.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Antislavery movements
Equal rights amendments
Voyages and travels
Woman's journal (Boston, Mass. : 1870)
Women's rights
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, Hannah
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
Hosmer, Harriet
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
Mott, Lydia
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
Purvis, Robert
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
Weston, Caroline
Whiting, Eliza Rose Gray
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Women's Ministerial Association