M-133, reel A1; WRC 37-43
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947. Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt in the Woman's Rights
Collection, 1904-1947: 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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: M-133, reel A1; WRC 37-43
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Carrie Chapman Catt, 1859-1947
Title: Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1904-1947
Quantity: 9 folders (7 folders, 1 folio+ folder, 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Biographical material, sketches, letters, writings, etc., of Carrie Chapman Catt,
leader in the woman suffrage and international peace movements. These papers are part
of the Woman's Rights Collection.
These papers of Carrie Chapman Catt fill nine folders of the Woman's Rights Collection,
which was given to Radcliffe College in August 1943 and formed the nucleus of the
Women's Archives, later the Schlesinger Library. The material in these folders was
prepared for microfilming in June 1989 by Jane E. Ward. It was microfilmed as part
of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
Access. ORIGINALS CLOSED. USE MICROFILM. REQUEST AS: M-133, reel A1.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Carrie Chapman Catt as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Carrie Chapman Catt Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1904-1947; item description,
dates. WRC 37-43, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Carrie Chapman Catt papers
in Series I of the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, 1904-1946 (M-133, reel E11; A-68
Carrie Chapman Catt, an active suffragist and peace leader, was born in Iowa, joined
the Iowa Suffrage Association in 1887, and attended the first convention of the newly
organized National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 as an Iowa delegate.
She became chairman of NAWSA's Organization Committee in 1895 and thereafter worked
for suffrage both nationally and internationally. Catt served two terms as NAWSA president
(1900-1904, 1915-1947), and was president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance
(1902-1923), and honorary president of the League of Women Voters from its founding
in 1919 until her death. She joined Jane Addams in founding the Woman's Peace Party
in 1915 and organized the Committee on the Cause and Cure of War (which met annually
from 1925 to 1939), serving as its chairman until 1932. For additional biographical
information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass., 1971), which includes a list of additional sources.
Collection includes biographical material, including sketches by Maud Wood Park and
Mary Gray Peck, letters and writings of Carrie Chapman Catt, clippings, etc. Many
of the documents have "Catt" followed by a number pencilled in the upper right hand
corner; the origin and meaning of these numbers are unknown.
- 37. Biographical material, c.1905-1941 (scattered), including speech and poems by Maud
- 38. Biographical material, 1943-1947, including sketches by Maud Wood Park and Mary Gray
Peck; obituaries, 1947.
- 39. Biographical material. Five PHOTOGRAPHS of Carrie Chapman Catt: 4 portraits, 1919,
n.d.; New York City parade after ratification of 19th Amendment, 1920.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 40. Letters from Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily to Maud Wood Park, 1914-1933; includes
letters re: World Court (Permanent Court of International Justice).
- 41. Letters from Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily to Maud Wood Park, 1935-1947
- 42. Writings of Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily re: suffrage, 1904-1919 (scattered); includes
article re: Congressional Union.
See also #42af+.
- 42a. Writings of Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily re: suffrage, 1927-1941 (scattered), n.d.;
includes article re: suffrage in South America, history of NAWSA.
- 42af+. Writings of Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily re: suffrage. Clippings: By Carrie Chapman
Catt, 1919 (from #42); Re: Carrie Chapman Catt, 1939 (from #37)
- 43. Miscellaneous: Suffrage correspondence school record, 1916: Records of state votes
on ratification of 19th Amendment, 1920; Suffrage flier, n.d.; National League of
Women Voters: 10th anniversary program, 1930; Carrie Chapman Catt's 80th birthday
celebration, 1939: table list Woman's Centennial Congress, 1940: brochures, program
Permanent Court of International Justice
Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Congressional Union for Woman's Suffrage (U.S.)
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Peck, Mary Gray, 1867?-1957