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Call No.: M-133, reel D29; WRC 653-653b
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary H. (Mary Hutcheson) Page, 1860-1940
Title: Papers of Mary Hutcheson Page in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1892-1943
Quantity: 3 folders
Quantity: 1 Volumes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Biographical material, correspondence, photographs, etc., of Mary Hutcheson Page, suffragist. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.
Mary Hutcheson was born in Columbus, Ohio, on March 16, 1860, the daughter of Lucretia (Deshler) and Joseph Hutcheson. When she was nine, the family moved to Europe, where they lived for five years until Joseph Hutcheson, a young banker in ill health, died; she became an orphan when her mother died a few years later. Page then moved to Boston to attend classes in biology and chemistry as a special student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1890, Mary Hutcheson Page married George Hyde Page; they lived in Brookline, Massachusetts, until 1918, and also had a summer home in Chocorua, New Hampshire. They had four children: Hutcheson, Anne, Katharine, and Richmond.In addition to founding a discussion club that became the Brookline Equal Suffrage Association, being president of the Brookline Association, and serving as chairman of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, Page played a major role in founding the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government. Chair of Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government's Executive Board and later its president, she was known for her fund-raising skills and ability to convince individual women to join the suffrage cause. Page's interest in suffrage extended to the European campaigns; in addition to making several trips there, she corresponded with several English suffragists and entertained Emmeline Pankhurst during her 1909 visit to Massachusetts. In 1912, Page and Gertrude Halladay Leonard helped organize the suffrage campaign in Ohio. Page's daughters were both active suffragists and George Hyde Page wrote suffrage plays, poetry, and a prayer. Page retired from suffrage work in 1918 and the Pages moved to California, where George Hyde Page died in 1923. Mary Hutcheson Page then returned to Massachusetts, where she died in 1940.
This series consists of biographical material, correspondence, photographs, and a scrapbook containing correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc. The papers date mainly from 1901-1918 and document Mary Hutcheson Page's suffrage work, the activities and strategies of suffragists in Massachusetts, and the effect of English suffragists' 1909 tour on the tactics used in Massachusetts. The scrapbook, compiled by Page for her daughters and arranged chronologically, contains significant letters from a variety of notable suffragists active in Massachusetts, nationally, and in England. There is some documentation of suffrage campaigns in Ohio and New York.