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Park, Alice, 1861-ca. 1962. Posters, 1903-1926: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America


Radcliffe College
April 1979

© 1979 Radcliffe College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Gr-1
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Alice Park, 1861-ca.1962
Title: Suffrage Posters, Banner, Pennant, ca.1903-1926
Quantity: 66 posters (including several duplicates), 1 banner, and 1 pennant
Abstract: Posters, banner, and pennant collected by Alice Park, socialist, vegetarian, pacifist, a founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and campaigner for women’s rights.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1979
By: Rhonda A. Rios Kravitz

Acquisition Information:

Accession number: 50-20
Sixty-six posters (including several duplicates), a banner, and a pennant were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1950 by Mary Winsor, the Philadelphia suffragist. They had been collected by Alice Park, the California suffragist; Mary Winsor purchased them to give to the Library. Forty-five of the posters were restored and encased in mylar envelopes in the paper conservation department of Harvard University's Fogg Museum during the summer of 1978. The restoration was funded by a matching grant from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Preferred citation for publication:

Alice Park Posters, 1903-1926; item description, dates. Gr-1, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Alice Park was born in Boston on February 2, 1861. She married Dean W. Park, a New Englander and metallurgist; the Parks lived in various mining regions of Colorado, Montana, Texas and Mexico, and finally settled in California.
A socialist, vegetarian, pacifist, founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and campaigner for women's rights, Park wrote the California law, passed in 1913, granting women equal rights of guardianship over their children. She was a delegate and speaker at the Congress of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance in Budapest, Hungary in June 1913, and a delegate to the Tenth Congress of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance, held in Paris in May 1926. Two of the posters in this collection are from those congresses. Through her connections with many women's rights organizations, Park acquired a library of feminist books, as well as buttons, leaflets, and posters.


Note: The size of the poster is rounded off to the nearest inch. The first number refers to the height, and the second number refers to the width. Posters smaller than 24 x 20 are kept on oversize shelves; those up to 48 x 40 are in the first or second drawer of the map case; larger ones are hung on the back wall of the Ms. vault. Each poster is encased in mylar unless otherwise noted.
Note: Slides of several of these posters are located in sl-k. Negatives and color copy prints in photo drawer.

Additional catalog entries

Andrews, Emily J Harding
Artists' Suffrage League
Boye, B. M.
Burnand, David
California Equal Suffrage Association
Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League, Stanford (Calif.) Chapter
Coates, D. Meeson
Dallas, H. M.
Ford, Emily
International Women's Suffrage Alliance
Jacobson, Egbert G.
Koranyi, Anna So'os
National American Woman Suffrage Association
National Child Welfare Association
Rogers, Lou
Suffrage Atelier, The
Watts, C. M.
Wilson, David
Winter, W. F.
Women's Social and Political Union
Anthony, Susan Brownell, 1820-1906
Posters, American
Posters, British
Suffrage--Great Britain--Pictorial Works
Suffrage--U.S.--Pictorial Works