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Park, Alice, 1861-1961. Poster collection of Alice Park, 1903-1926: A Finding Aid

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


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
April 1979

© 1979 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Gr-1
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Alice Park, 1861-1961
Title: Poster collection of Alice Park, 1903-1926
Quantity: 66 posters
Quantity: 2 objects (1 banner, 1 pennant)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
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.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the posters collected by Alice Park may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Posters may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

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.


55 different posters of the women's suffrage movement collected by Alice Park. Most are British, 2 are from the international congresses she attended, and 11 are American. The Schlesinger also has slides of many of the posters (located in sl-k).
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.


Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Andrews, Emily J. Harding
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Artists' Suffrage League
Boye, B. M.
Burnand, David
California Equal Suffrage Association
Coates, D. Meeson
Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League. Stanford, Calif. Chapter
Dallas, H. M.
Ford, Emily
International Woman Suffrage Alliance
Jacobson, Egbert G.
Koranyi, Anna So'os
National American Woman Suffrage Association
National Child Welfare Association
Posters, American
Posters, British
Rogers, Lou
Suffrage Atelier
Watts, C. M.
Wilson, David
Winter, W. F.
Women--Suffrage--Great Britain--Pictorial works
Women--Suffrage--United States--Pictorial works
Women--Suffrage--Congresses--Pictorial works
Women's Social and Political Union (Great Britain)