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A-44; M-133, reel E35

Roberts, Margaret Stephenson, 1872-1952. Papers of Margaret Stephenson Roberts, 1896-1952: 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-44; M-133, reel E35
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Margaret Stephenson Roberts, 1872-1952
Title: Papers of Margaret Stephenson Roberts, 1896-1956
Date(s): 1896-1956
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, telegrams, speeches, etc., of Margaret Stephenson Roberts, librarian, suffragist, and Republican Party activist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 56-75
The Margaret Stephenson Roberts papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in March 1956 by Susan Dabney Taylor. The collection was prepared for microfilming by Janet Hayashi in July 1989.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: January 1978
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Access Restrictions:


Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Margaret Stephenson Roberts 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.

Preferred Citation:

Margaret Stephenson Roberts Papers, 1896-1952; item description, dates. A-44, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Margaret Stephenson Roberts, suffragist and librarian, was the daughter of George H. Roberts, the first attorney general of Idaho. In 1905, she was appointed librarian for the Idaho Traveling Library and was responsible for distributing books to every corner of the state. She retired in 1933, but returned to work in 1947, holding the post until her death on May 24, 1952.
Roberts was also active in the woman suffrage movement and the state Republican Party. In 1916 and for several terms thereafter she served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Idaho. She served as vice president of the National Council of Women Voters, and as chairman of Idaho for the National League of Women Voters, resigning from that post in 1920. She was active in promoting social legislation and in club work, serving as president of the Boise Columbian Club.


The bulk of these papers consists of letters and telegrams pertaining to the suffrage movement and the Republican Party in Idaho; some letters (1919-1921) deal with the founding of the League of Women Voters. Other papers include speeches by Margaret Stephenson Roberts, printed material about suffrage in Idaho and Roberts's library work, and clippings. There are no papers concerning Roberts's personal life. Arrangement is chronological within each folder.


This index includes the names of selected writers (including organizations) and recipients. Information about persons and subjects is not indexed.


The numbers refer to folders.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Idaho--Politics and government
Women--Suffrage--United States
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Belmont, Alva, 1853-1933
Blatch, Harriot Stanton, 1856-1940
Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940
Brady, James H., 1862-1918
Brown, Gertrude Foster, 1867-1956
Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933
DeVoe, Emma Smith, 1848-1927
Duniway, Abigail Scott, 1834-1915
French, Burton Lee, 1875-1954
Green, Bertha Stull
Hay, Mary Garrett, 1857-1928
Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954
Kellor, Frances, 1873-1952
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Paul, Alice, 1885-1977
Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce, 1881-1960
Republican Party (Idaho)
Shuler, Marjorie
Shuler, Nettie Rogers, 1862-1939
Simms, Ruth Hanna McCormick, 1880-1906
Townsend, John G., 1871-1964
Upton, Harriet Taylor