Guide to the Nineteenth Century Women

Collection Title: Nineteenth Century Women
Identification: 123
Creator: National Society for Women's Suffrage (Great Britain)
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This collection is comprised of archival materials generated by British and American women of the nineteenth century. This archive contains the 1890-1895 minutes book of the Women's Franchise League, London, which was founded in 1889. The Women's Franchise League, also known as the National Society for Women's Suffrage in Great Britain, was active in the early 1890s. Members of this group included Mrs. E. Pankhurst, Harriet Stanton-Blatch, Countess Schack, Alice Cliff-Scatcherd, and Mrs. Jacob Bright. Also included is some correspondence to or from Jacob Bright, related to suffrage issues, 1870-1881, and to Miss Bright, 1926-1927. American materials in the collection are more personal and unrelated to the suffrage movement in Great Britain.
Acquisition Information: The McCormick Library purchased most of these materials from various sources.
Processing Information: Sigrid Pohl Perry in November 2000; revised in May 2005.
Separated Materials: Some of the published materials of the National Society for Women's Suffrage in Great Britain and the Women's Franchise Leagure are held in the McCormick Library's Femina collection and may be found in the on-line catalog.
Conditions Governing Use: All patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Conditions Governing Access: There are no restrictions on access of the materials in the department for research.
Repository: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Biographical/Historical Information

The National Society for Women’s Suffrage in Great Britain, also known as the Women’s Franchise League, was founded in 1889 and active in the early 1890s. Members of this group included Mrs. E. Pankhurst, Harriet Stanton-Blatch, Countess Schack, Alice Cliff-Scatcherd, and Mrs. Jacob Bright.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of archival materials generated by British and American women of the nineteenth century. This archive contains the 1890-1895 minutes book of the Women's Franchise League, London, which was founded in 1889. Also included is some correspondence to or from Jacob Bright, related to suffrage issues, 1870-1881, and to Miss Bright, 1926-1927. American materials in the collection are more personal and unrelated to the suffrage movement in Great Britain.

Included in the American files are ten letters Nellie F. Harvey received from friends and family members between September 1885 and March 1887 while she was away at school; these letters recounted small town events and gossip about the residents of Kenduskeag, Hudson, and Bangor, Maine. Sarah J. Wickes was a principal at the Saranac School in Willsboro, New York. She wrote poetry and local history, keeping a commonplace book of her writing as well as clippings and ephemera, between 1862 and 1902. Materials no longer securely tipped into the book have been placed in folders. Martha R. Tifft, a school teacher in Ovid, Seneca County, New York, writes to each of her parents, Wiatt and Sophronia Tifft in September 1845; she includes notes from other family members as well. Jennie Hamilton Irving (1860-1941) was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended the school which became the Cambridge School for Girls and kept a diary during 1878 which was donated to the McCormick Library by her granddaughter, Jane (Rice) LaRue in 2002.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Women's Franchise League

Subjects

Feminism

Women--Suffrage


Container List / Contents

  • Women's Franchise League
    • Minutes book, 1890 - 1895Box 1, Folder 1
        Note:  Includes list of the members of the executive committee as well as minutes from meetings, including resolutions passed. Extent: [158]pp.
    • Bright correspondenceBox 1, Folder 2
      • ALS, Helen [Bright] to Jacob Bright. The Ash, May 24, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [4]pp.
      • ALS, [William] Hargreaves to Jacob Bright. C.A.G, March 14, 1870Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [8]pp.
      • ANS, Jacob Bright note re: women's franchise bill, April 9, 1874Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [1]p.
      • ALS, Urlie [Ursula? Bright] to Jacob Bright. Alderley Edge, Cheshire [England], February 3, 1881Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [4]pp.
      • ALS, [Viscount] Haldane to Miss Bright. 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster [London, England], November 12, 1926Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [1]p.
      • ALS, [Viscount] Haldane to Miss Bright, 28 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster [London, England], July 25, 1927Box 1, Folder 2
          Extent: [2]pp.
  • 19th century American women
    • Nellie F. Harvey, Maine, 1885 - 1887Box 2, Folder 1
        Note:  10 ALS written to Nellie F. Harvey from family members and friends in Kenduskeag or Hudson, Maine, between September 1885 and March 1887. Re: small town events and people, etc. near Bangor, Maine. They include encouragement for Nellie who is away at school. Extent: [44]pp., some envelopes
    • Sarah J. Wickes, Commonplace book, [Wilsboro, New York, 1862 - 1902]Box 2, Folder 2
        Note:  Includes clippings, notes, copied poems, journal entries or drafts of articles, etc. with loose items placed into the following folders.
    • Sarah J. Wickes; notes, drafts of poems and articles, correspondenceBox 2, Folder 3
        Extent: 18 pieces [32]pp.
    • Sarah J. Wickes; miscellaneous newspaper clippings, incl. fashion styles.Box 2, Folder 4
    • Sarah J. Wickes; ephemera, e.g. postcards, memorabilia, receipts, flyer re: school tax referendum for new building.Box 2, Folder 5
    • Jennie Hamilton Irving (1860-1941)Box 2, Folder 6
      • Diary, Cambridge, MA, 1878Box 2, Folder 6
          Extent: [184]pp.
      • Biographical account by Jane LaRueBox 2, Folder 6
          Extent: [2]pp.
    • Martha R. Tifft, L. P. Tifft, & L.I. Bennet; ALS to Wiatt R. Tifft and Sophronia Tifft, Ovid, Seneca, New York, 30 September 1845Box 2, Folder 7
        Note:  The Tifft family lived in Venice, Cayuga County, New York. Martha, a teacher, writes about her school. Two brief notes are written on the verso of Martha's letters to her parents. Extent: [4]pp.