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M-133, reel D29; WRC 653-653b

Page, Mary H. (Mary Hutcheson), 1860-1940. Papers of Mary Hutcheson Page in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1892-1943: 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 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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These papers of Mary Hutcheson Page fill three folders and one volume 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 this series was prepared for microfilming in November 1990 by Kim Brookes. It was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed. Use microfilm, M-133, reel D29.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Hutcheson Page 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:

Mary Hutcheson Page Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1869-1935; item description, dates. WRC , folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Women--Suffrage--Massachusetts
Women--Suffrage--Songs and music
Women--Suffrage--New York (State)
Women--Suffrage--Ohio
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Belmont, Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, 1853-1933
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Blackwell, Henry Browne, 1825-1909
Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government
Brookline Equal Suffrage Association
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Crowley, Teresa A., 1874-1919
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice, 1820-1905
Leonard, Gertrude Halladay, 1868-1919
Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
National American Woman Suffrage Association
Page, George H.
Pankhurst, E. Sylvia (Estelle Sylvia), 1882-1960
Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
Pethick-Lawrence, Emmeline, 1867-1954
Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Shaw, Pauline A. (Pauline Agassiz), 1841-1917
Willard, Mabel Caldwell

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