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Nineteenth Century Women

 Collection
Identifier: MS123
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.

Dates

  • 1845-1927

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access of the materials in the department for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

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.

Method of Acquisition

The McCormick Library purchased most of these materials from various sources.

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.

Processing Information

Sigrid Pohl Perry in November 2000; revised in May 2005.
Title
Guide to the Nineteenth Century Women
Author
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Date
01/11/2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

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