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Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958: A Finding Aid

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


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
December 2005

© 2005 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: WRC
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Title: Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958
Quantity: 35.46 linear feet (85 file boxes) plus 7 oversize volumes, 39 framed items, 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio folder, 4 reels of microfilm (M-91, M-93, M-108)
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, journals, notebooks, speeches, etc., from the unmicrofilmed portion of the Woman's Rights Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Maud Wood Park, et al. Received 1943-1949.

Access Restrictions:

Access. The majority of the collection is available only through microfilm or digital surrogates of the original materials. The following materials are available without restriction: #1-103a, 644-647, 650-6521030-1035, 1041-1047, 1049-1051, 1055-1056, 1059-1068, 1084-1091, 1093-1102, 1107-1109.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers in the woman's rights 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 for publication:

Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958; item description, dates. WRC, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


This collection consists of the correspondence, reports, speeches, books, plays, articles, clippings, biographical data, and miscellaneous materials by and re: about 100 women and 4 men who were involved in furthering the woman's rights movement from colonial times to the present. The papers record the woman's rights movement up to the 1920's, highlighting the work done in Massachusetts; the woman suffrage movement up to the adoption of the woman suffrage amendment in 1920; and the gains for women in such areas as protective legislation and employment opportunities since 1920.

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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.
American Woman Suffrage Association
Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950
Allen, Florence Ellinwood, 1884-1966
Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939
Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Ames, Blanche
Ames, Fanny Baker, 1840-1931
Anderson, Mary, 1872-1964
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Bagley, Grace Hodges, 1860-1944
Barron, Jennie Loitman, 1891-1969
Barton, Clara, 1821-1912
Beatley, Clara Bancroft, 1858-1924
Bird, Anna Child, 1856-1942
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown, 1825-1921
Blackwell, Elizabeth, 1821-1910
Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
Blair, Emily Newell, 1877-1951
Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government
Bowles, Ada Chastina Burpee, 1836-1928
Boyer, Ida Porter, 1859-1952
Bradwell, Myra, 1831-1894
Brandeis, Elizabeth
Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948
Brent, Margaret, 1600-1670?
Brown, Dorothy Kirchwey, 1888-1981
Brown, Gertrude Foster, 1867-1956
Bushnell, Katherine C.
Cambridge Political Equality Association
Cambridge Public School Association
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Claflin, Adelaide Avery, 1846-1931
Clark, Sue Ainslee
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Coe, Evelyn Peverley, 1881-1967?
Coleman, Greta
College Equal Suffrage League
Corbin, Hanna Lee
Crowley, Teresa A., 1874-1930
Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962
Du Pont, Zara, 1869-1946
Evans, Elizabeth Glendower Gardiner, 1856-1937
Fall, Anna Christy, 1855-1930
Fitzgerald, Susan W., 1871-1943
Foley, Margaret, 1875-1957
Forbes, Rose Dabney, 1865-1947
Foster, Abby Kelley, 1811-1887
Gardener, Helen H. (Helen Hamilton), 1853-1925
Garrison, Edith Alice Stephanson
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
Gillmore, Inez Haynes, 1873-1970
Gordon, Kate M., 1861-1932
Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873
Hay, Mary Garrett, 1857-1928
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Hutchinson, Anne Marbury, 1591-1643
International Labour Office
International Woman Suffrage Alliance
Jeffrey, Jennette A. Street, 1872-1960
Johnson, Ethel McLean, 1882-1978
Johnson, Grace A., 1871-1952
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932
Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932
League of Nations
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Lenroot, Katharine F. (Katharine Fredrica), 1891-1982
Leonard, Gertrude Halladay, 1868-1919
Lindsley, Virginia, 1856-1941
Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905
Loines, Mary Hilliard, 1844-1944
Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985
Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
National American Woman Suffrage Association
McCormick, Katharine Dexter, 1875-1967
Mansfield, Bella, 1846-1911
Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876
McCulloch, Catharine Waugh, 1862-1945
Mead, Lucia True Ames, 1856-1936
Morris, Esther McQuigg, 1814-1902
Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
National Woman's Party
New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association
Osgood, Fanny C.
O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943
Page, Mary Hutcheson, 1860-1940
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965
Permanent Court of International Justice
Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930
Pitman, Mira H.
Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948)
Robins, Margaret Dreier
Robinson, Harriet Jane Hanson, 1825-1911
Roche, Josephine Aspinwall, 1886-1976
Schofield, Emma Fall, 1885-1980
Sewall, Samuel E. (Samuel Edmund), 1799-1888
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Shaw, Isabella Pratt
Shaw, Pauline A. (Pauline Agassiz), 1841-1917
Sherwin, Belle, 1868-1955
Sleeper, Mary P.
Smith, Judith Winsor, 1821-1921
Stanley, Louise, 1883-1954
Stantial, Edna Lamprey
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Tilton, Elizabeth Hewes, 1869-1850
United States. Children's Bureau
United States. Department of Labor
Upton, Harriet Taylor
Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883-1972
Wambaugh, Sarah, 1882-1955
Wells, Marguerite Milton, 1872-1959
White, Martha E. Davis, 1863-1944
Willard, Emma, 1787-1870
Willard, Frances E. (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898
Willard, Mabel Caldwell, 1862-1940
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge (Mass.)
Woman's journal (Boston, Mass. : 1870)
Woman's Suffrage Bazaar Association
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
Women’s rights



* Used in Guide to the Woman's Rights Collection