Description[Women's Suffrage] Lot of 13 Items.
Clara Bewick Colby Autographed Letter Signed. Single sheet, on The Woman's Tribune letterhead, dated March 3, 1888, giving permission to Dr. E. F. Strickland to quote from her poem, "A Song of the Plains." Small piece missing from the corner. Colby was a leader in the Nebraska woman's suffrage movement and published The Woman's Tribune from 1888 to 1906. It was an important voice in the battle for woman's rights and was described by Elizabeth Cady Stanton "as the best suffrage paper ever published."
Clara Bewick Colby Autographed Quotation Signed. Single sheet, on The Woman's Tribune letterhead, undated (circa 1880s), quoting a portion of "A Song of the Plains."
Carrie Chapman Catt Typed Letter Signed. Single sheet, on National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War letterhead, dated March 4, 1933, to Miss Carol Bird granting permission for an interview "at almost any time you want it." Usual mail folds with minor edge wear. Catt was a leader in woman's suffrage movement and was the founder of the League of Women Voters.
Sylvia Brown Autographed Letter Signed to Gertrude Burnett. Single sheet with envelope, on Woman Suffrage State Headquarters letterhead, San Francisco, dated October 23, 1896, it reads in part: "...it was voted to have a woman & man in each precinct booth on election night...to count votes on the 6th Amendment." It goes on to ask her if she knows someone in her precinct who could help.
Mabel V. Osborne Typed Letter Signed to Senator J. B. Curtin. Single sheet with envelope, on California Equal Suffrage Association letterhead, dated December 14, 1904. Written as First Vice President of the Association, Osborne asks Senator Curtin for his support of an amendment to the California constitution giving women the right to vote that is coming up in the next session. Women finally gained that right in 1911.
Emily B. Ketcham Autographed Letter Signed. Single sheet with envelope, on Michigan Suffrage Association letterhead, dated January 5, 1887. Thanks unnamed supporters for "your kind letter and good wishes" and gives details of a visit to her husband's boyhood home. Ketcham was an early and ardent Michigan suffragist who served as president of the state organization four times. Usual mail folds.
Alice Paul Typed Letter Signed. Single sheet, on National Woman's Party letterhead, dated March 19, 1922. Reads, in part: "It may be too late to comply with the request in your letter but I am sending the statement..." Paul and other woman's rights advocates formed the National Woman's Party in 1916 and was the first to propose an equal rights amendment in 1923.
Francis E. Willard Typed Letter Signed. Single sheet with envelope, on World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union letterhead, dated April 19, 1897. Regretfully declines a request to give a lecture due to the uncertainty of her plans. Willard was a woman's suffragist and temperance leader who was instrumental in the passage of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments. Usual mail folds.
Gertrude Nelson Andrews Autographed Letter Signed. Single sheet, on Votes for Woman, Second Assembly District, Cahautauqua Co. letterhead, dated October 18, 1915, requests "Grace" to get as many signatures as possible and goes on to state: "We don't have a minute to loose." Andrews was a prominent New York suffragist who was particularly active in education on suffrage issues.
New York State Woman Suffrage Party Congressional Conference Program. Printed bifold program, dated February 24, 1916, inside gives the agenda of the program, officers of the party are listed on the back. Creased from folding and light soiling.
Woodrow Wilson: "What President Wilson Says." Printed bifold brochure with a photograph of Wilson on the front cover. Taking excerpts from letters and speeches, gives Wilson's pro-suffragist position.
Lot of Miscellaneous Woman's Suffrage Ephemera. Includes: 1) Broadside: "The Suffrage Question as Viewed by a Competent Michigan Woman." 2) Postcard regarding meeting on passage of 16th Amendment. 3). Woman's Suffrage Party postcard on amending New York State Constitution to give women the vote. 4) Anna E. Dickenson autographed sheet, reading: "Above all things Liberty!" 5) List of publications of the Connecticut Women's Association. 6) Autographed letter on International Exhibition Centennial letterhead with envelope. 7) Member's ticket for the Chicago Political Equality League. 8) Broadside of the Empire State Campaign Committee supporting woman's suffrage affixed to another sheet. 9) New York State Woman Suffrage Party petition for woman's right to vote and listing officers of the party. 10) New York State Woman Suffrage Party. "Garden Primer How to Plant and Care for a Vegetable Garden" dated April, 1917. 11) Vera Boarman Whitehouse TLS with printed signature. Single sheet, New State Woman Suffrage Party letterhead, no date, soliciting votes from the soldiers of New York is reads. Mrs. Whitehouse was a leader in the New York state woman's suffrage movement and an early proponent of birth control.
Except as noted, most items are in good or better condition. Letters exhibit usual mail folds. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.
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