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Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973. Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1915-1965: 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

Call No.: M-127
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Jeannette Rankin, 1880-1973
Title: Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1915-1961
Date(s): 1915-1961
Quantity: 7 microfilm reels
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, campaign materials, etc., of Jeannette Rankin, pacifist, feminist and first woman elected to Congress.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 89-M149
The microfilm of this collection was purchased from the Montana Historical Society in 1989.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access. Available only on microfilm; use microfilm M-127.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jeannette Rankin as well as copyright in other 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.


  • Folders 1-19: M-127, Reel 1
  • Folders 19 (continued)-32: M-127, Reel 2
  • Folders 33-60: M-127, Reel 3
  • Folders 60 (continued)-75: M-127, Reel 4
  • Folders 76-101: M-127, Reel 5
  • Folders 102-Clippings: M-127, Reel 6
  • Clippings (continued): M-127, Reel 7
  • Preferred Citation:

    Jeannette Rankin Papers, 1915-1961; item description, dates. M-127, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

    Related Material:

    There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1879-1976 (MC 246; M-38.).


    A pacifist and feminist (University of Montana, B.A., 1902), Rankin (1880-1973) was the first Congresswoman, representing Montana for the 1917-1919 and 1941-1943 terms; she was also the only member of Congress to vote against United States. participation in both world wars. In the 1920s she worked for the National Consumers' League and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and founded the Georgia Peace Society. In the 1930s she worked for the National Council for Prevention of War. From 1945 to the early 1970s, she traveled extensively, especially in India, opposed the Vietnam War, and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment.


    Correspondence, 1915-1961; campaign materials, 1916-1942; speeches and writings, 1917-1952; and clippings, 1916-1965.

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    Additional Index Terms

    Legislators--United States
    Montana--Politics and government
    Political campaigns--Montana
    World War, 1914-1918--Protest movements.
    World War, 1939-1945--Protest movements
    National Council for Prevention of War (U.S.)
    United States. Congress. House