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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

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Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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 Restrictions:

Access. ORIGINALS CLOSED. USE MICROFILM. REQUEST AS: M-133, reel A1.

Conditions Governing Use:

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 or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

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.

Related Material:

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).

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Permanent Court of International Justice
Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Women--Suffrage--South America
Congressional Union for Woman's Suffrage (U.S.)
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Peck, Mary Gray, 1867?-1957

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