Guide to the Susan B. Anthony Collection

Guide prepared by Special Collections Staff
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Guide to the Susan B. Anthony Collection

Collection number: D1940.1

Ella Strong Denison Library

Libraries of The Claremont Colleges

Claremont, California
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Susan B. Anthony collection
Dates: 1850-1984
Bulk Dates: 1900-1952
Collection number: D1940.1
Collector: Winter, Una R.
Collection Size: 2.25 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Ella Strong Denison Library.
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract: Susan B. Anthony's public career spanned a half-century. She was a leader in the women's suffrage movement, temperance and abolition organizer, ardent reformer, speaker, and author who spent most of her life fighting for equality. This collection contains publications, ephemera, photographs, correspondence and writings related to her life's work.
Physical location: Please consult repository.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Susan B. Anthony collection. Ella Strong Denison Library, Libraries of The Claremont Colleges.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Una R. Winter.
Individual items donated by Miss Katherine Boyles, Miss Anthony's niece, Alice Parks, and Ada Watkins Hatch, no date.

Biography / Administrative History

Susan B. Anthony (15 Feb. 1820-13 Mar. 1906), reformer and organizer for woman suffrage, was born Susan Brownell Anthony in Adams, Massachusetts. In 1851 Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 1852 Anthony and Stanton founded the Women's New York State Temperance Society, which claimed an equality with the leading male society and featured women's right to vote on the temperance question and to divorce drunken husbands. In 1863 Anthony, again with Stanton, founded the Women's Loyal National League; employing a loose network of individuals and soldiers' aid and antislavery societies, the league gathered petitions with 400,000 signatures, which were presented to Congress. This effort marked advent of a focus on the federal government for women's rights. The Thirteenth Amendment and subsequent debate about securing citizenship for freed slaves introduced Anthony and her co-workers to the potential for sweeping change through amendment to the national Constitution.
In 1865 Anthony became convinced that universal suffrage was the only just solution to the challenges of Reconstruction. With a lecture on universal suffrage, she worked her way east. By year's end, the core of women's rights activists in the Northeast had reassembled to launch their first national campaign for woman suffrage. Hopes for universal suffrage bound former abolitionists together in the American Equal Rights Association, established in 1866. As its corresponding secretary Anthony oversaw petitions to Congress and coordinated several campaigns to amend state constitutions. She divided her time in 1867 between campaigns in New York and Kansas, and with Stanton, accepted an offer of capital to launch a newspaper, the Revolution, first appearing in New York in January 1868. Though the Revolution preserves the worst pronouncements of Anthony and Stanton in this period--opposing the Fifteenth Amendment and casting the enfranchisement of freedmen as a threat to the safety of white women--it also captures their excitement about women's potential and their growing rebelliousness. Their convictions about an independent movement led Anthony and Stanton to form the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869; Henry Blackwell and his wife, Lucy Stone, set up the rival American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), which called for suffrage by state, rather than federal, law. The strategy of the NWSA remained uncertain and subject to change until 1875.
By the 1890s Anthony had access to the platform of any women's organization in the country. Two years of acrimonious negotiations with Lucy Stone's representatives from the AWSA succeeded in merging the rival associations as the National-American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in 1890. Stanton presided over the new organization from 1890 to 1892, when Anthony replaced her. Anthony served until her eightieth birthday in 1900.
When Anthony died, she left an enormous legacy to those other generations. Her image, words, and standards of work permeated the struggle for what women called the "Susan B. Anthony amendment." So thoroughly had she become the embodiment of women's aspirations for political equality that suffragists fought long after their victory in 1920 over their competing claims to be her true political descendants.
(Adapted from the American National Biography Online, http://www.anb.org)

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, writings, and newspaper clippings related to Susan B. Anthony's career as a leader in the women's suffrage movement. The content includes several articles written by Susan B. Anthony as well as numerous articles written about her life's work. Although some of the material is from her lifetime, the bulk epitomizes her legacy and how she is eulogized after her death. The collection also contains numerous photographs and ephemera from her days as a leading suffragist. Although the date of many of the pieces is unknown, the dated material in the collection ranges from the 1850s to 1984 with the bulk dating from 1900 to 1952.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series:

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Suffragists
Women's rights--United States
Women--Suffrage


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1. Correspondence circa 1869-1984

Box 1, Folder 29

Letter written to Librarian [?] giving information on Anthony article, from Una R. Winter, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1952

Box  1 , Folder  49

Thank you note to Ada Watkins Hatch for her donation of Susan B. Anthony material from the Scripps College Librarian no date

Box  1 , Folder  59

Letter written to Dorothy Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter on Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee of California letterhead 1951 June 12

Box  1 , Folder  60

Letter written to Una Winter thanking her for the Susan B. Anthony material, from Dorothy M. Drake 1952 July 15

Box  1 , Folder  68

A letter to Dorothy Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter 1953 July 19

Box  1 , Folder  71

Carbon Copy of a letter to Mrs. Una Winter from Ernest Dawson 1941 October 10

Box  1 , Folder  71

Letter written to Mr. Ernest Dawson requesting his record of reminiscences with Susan B. Anthony, from Una R. Winter, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1941 September 30

Box  1 , Folder  72

Letter to Miss Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, with a copy of "Some Helpful Comments Received Regarding the S.B.A. Memorial Library," from Una R. Winter 1943 March 5

Box  1 , Folder  73

Letter to Dorothy Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1952 August 9

Box  1 , Folder  78

Note to Miss Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter 1941 December 7

Box  1 , Folder  79

Letter to Miss Dorothy Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter 1942 March 13

Box  1 , Folder  80

Postcard written to Miss Dorothy Drake, Librarian, Denison Library, from Una R. Winter 1947 December 12

 

Series 2. Ephemera circa 1900-1976

 

"Dramatic Sketches of Susan B. Anthony and Other Pioneers" a booklet of sketches by Nanette B. Paul 1926

Box  1 , Folder  4

"The Anthony Home Calendar", issued by the Anthony Portrait Committee, Washington, D.C. 1900

Box  1 , Folder  10

"In Memoriam" program for Susan B. Anthony memorial service, New York 1906

Box  1 , Folder  12

Program for the Thirty-Ninth Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association; in memory of Susan B. Anthony 1907 February 15

Box  1 , Folder  14

program for "Thanksgiving Celebration" for passage of Susan B. Anthony Amendment, Los Angeles, California 1920 September 7

Box  1 , Folder  23

"Dedication Program -- Susan B. Anthony Tree, Sequoia National Park, California" 1938 June 26

Box  1 , Folder  24

"Dedication Program for the Susan B. Anthony Memorial, Balboa Park Pepper Grove 1940 May 12

Box  1 , Folder  30

Flyer sent to Scripps College Alumnae from the Scripps College Alumnae Association announcing a Susan B. Anthony Festival Feb. 12-15 1976 January 22

Box  1 , Folder  38

"Sayings of Susan B. Anthony", flyer printed by the Oregon Equal Suffrage Association no date

Box  1 , Folder  38

"Suggestions for Planting Your Suffrage Garden", flyer printed by Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association [?] no date

Box  1 , Folder  38

"Plant only the Official Suffrage Seeds", flyer selling seeds to raise money for the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association no date

Box  1 , Folder  42

Postcard with a picture of Susan B. Anthony Homestead, Adams, Massachusetts 1941

Box  1 , Folder  43

Copy of a Susan B. Anthony photograph onto cardboard with a quote from Susan B. Anthony (two copies) no date

Box  1 , Folder  47

A folder showing the bust of Susan B. Anthony, including the speech "The Import of the Woman Movement", given by Adelelaide Johnson on Susan B. Anthony's Birthda, by Adelaid Johnson 1934 February 15

Box  1 , Folder  52

"Susan B. Anthony Memorial", a leaflet describing Miss Anthony's home no date

Box  1 , Folder  54

A postcard showing James and Lucretia Mott with quotes from Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul no date

Box  1 , Folder  55

Envelope from Alice Park to Mrs. Daisy Coats with a Susan B. Anthony 3 cent stamp and decoration (two copies) 1937

Box  1 , Folder  56

The front of an envelope addressed to Miss S.J. Eddy with an emblem saying 1848 -- "Governments Derive their Just Powers from the Consent of the Governed" 1909

Box  1 , Folder  57

One page advertisement for Ida Husted Harper's biography, "The Life and Works of Susan B. Anthony" no date

Box  1 , Folder  58

A leaflet printed by the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Association to raise money to erect an "Anthony Memorial Building" at the Rochester University, New York no date

Box  1 , Folder  66

Postcard announcing a birthday exhibit and reception for the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library permanent establishment in the Los Angeles Public Library, card addressed to Miss Dorothy Drake 1942

Box  1 , Folder  75

Five suffrage badges attached to a black velvet ribbon no date

Box  2 , Folder  8

Card inscribed: "From Susan B. Anthony to her Aunt Eliza Anthony" no date

Box  2 , Folder  15

Card with photograph of Susan B. Anthony on front and back; inscribed by Susan B. Anthony, Rochester, New York 1900 February 15

Box  2 , Folder  18

Program for "The Hall of Fame: New York University - Unveiling of the Busts of Susan B. Anthony and Thomas Paine" 1952 May 18

Box  4 , Folder  9

Two envelopes with Susan B. Anthony emblem with a short history of the emblem no date

Box  4 , Folder  10

"Susan B. Anthony Commemorative Stamp", a flyer printed by the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee no date

 

Series 3. Photographs circa 1850-1941

Box  1 , Folder  35

"Portrait of Miss Susan B. Anthony", reproduction of a painting of her birthday in 1900 (two copies) no date

Box  1 , Folder  39

Photograph of a picture of "Canajoharie Academy where Susan B. Anthony Taught, 1848, 1849, 1850" from Standard Newspaper, California no date

Box  1 , Folder  40

Photo of the Susan B. Anthony Tree in the Sequoia National Park no date

Box  1 , Folder  44

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony, San Francisco, California 1896

Box  1 , Folder  45

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony (age 36) taken from a picture in Ida Husted Harper biography of Susan B. Anthony no date

Box  1 , Folder  46

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony, Mrs. Rebecca Spring, and Mrs. Severance no date

Box  2 , Folder  1

Photograph of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe no date

Box  2 , Folder  2

Reproduction of Susan B. Anthony photograph inscribed "Affectionately yours, Susan B. Anthony" no date

Box  2 , Folder  3

Reproduction of "ambrotype" photograph Susan B. Anthony 1850

Box  2 , Folder  4

Photograph of portrait of Susan B. Anthony on her 80th birthday; portrait painted in 1903 by S.J. Eddy; inscribed: "1820- Feb. 15 -- Susan B. Anthony- Rochester, New York 1903

Box  2 , Folder  5

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony with Elizabeth Cady Stanton no date

Box  2 , Folder  6

Photograph of a postcard of Susan B. Anthony birthplace in North Adams, Mass. 1941

Box  2 , Folder  7

Reproduction of a photograph of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) no date

Box  2 , Folder  9

Photograph of Isabella Beecher Hooker, inscribed: "Isabella Beecher Hooker" 1892 February 22

Box  2 , Folder  10

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony and Mrs. Jean Greenleaf, prominent suffrage worker in New York state no date

Box  2 , Folder  11

Reproduction of a drawing of Lucy Stone no date

Box  2 , Folder  12

Photograph of four leaders in Women's Suffrage Movement: Caroline M. Severance, Charlotte le Moyne Mills, Rebecca Buffum Spring, Susan B. Anthony, taken in Los Angeles 1905

Box  2 , Folder  13

Photograph of portrait of Susan B. Anthony by Sarah J. Eddy no date

Box  2 , Folder  14

Photograph of the Clara Barton Tree, Sequoia National Park, California no date

Box  2 , Folder  16

Reproduction of photograph taken of Susan B. Anthony, inscribed: "Susan at Forty-Eight" 1869

Box  2 , Folder  17

Photograph: "Miss Anthony Making an Unanswerable Argument"- copied from an illustration in Ida Husted Harper biography (page 1237) no date

Box  2 , Folder  20

Reproduction of photograph of Susan B. Anthony at her 80th birthday party 1903

 

Series 4. Publications circa 1941-1953

 

"As Susan Once Said …" (originally published in 1900), The California Woman (vol. XIX, no. 5) 1952 March/April

Box  1 , Folder  1

Anthony, Susan B. "The Wrongs of Man", Evening Star 1901

Box  1 , Folder  1

Anthony, Susan B. "Educating Husbands for the Twentieth Century", Philadelphia Inquirer (July 7) no date

Box  1 , Folder  2

Anthony, Susan B. "Editorial Correspondence", Revolution (vol. IV, no. 26) 1869 December 3

Box  1 , Folder  3

Bly, Nellie, pseud. "Nellie Bly Sees Miss Anthony", W. Trib.[?] 1896 February 22

Box  1 , Folder  3

Patton, Rev. Dr. "Woman's Relation to Faith and Skepticism", Evening Star 1885 January 30

Box  1 , Folder  3

"The Ballot is a Many-Edged Sword", Los Angeles Examiner 1906 March 25

Box  1 , Folder  3

La Mance, Lora S. "A Bit of Miss Anthony's Lineage", Woman's Journal[?] 1903

Box  1 , Folder  5

"Circular Issued", Evening Star 1900 February 10

Box  1 , Folder  6

"Before Congress: Women Suffragists Present Arguments in Their Own Behalf", Evening Star 1900 February 13

Box  1 , Folder  7

Anthony, Susan B. "Perfect Marriages", Evening Star 1901

Box  1 , Folder  8

"Crown of Triumph", Evening Star 1900 February 15

Box  1 , Folder  9

"Miss Anthony" (her obituary), Post Express 1906 March 13

Box  1 , Folder  11

"Susan B. Anthony Dead", Rochester Herald 1906 March 13

Box  1 , Folder  13

"Reforms Won By Susan B. Anthony", Christian Science Monitor 1920

Box  1 , Folder  13

Anthony, Lucy E. "Susan B. Anthony", Woman's Journal no date

Box  1 , Folder  15

"Pioneers of Freedom", Survey 1922 August 1

Box  1 , Folder  15

Hawe, M. A. DeWolfe. "Causes and Their Champions", Ladies Home Journal 1926 April

Box  1 , Folder  16

Esmond, Martha Freeman. "Letters from Martha Freeman Esmond to her Friend Julia Boyd of New York; Chicago, Oct. 20, 1893", The Chicago Tribune 1941 October 12

Box  1 , Folder  17

"Tribute is Paid Susan B. Anthony", Washington Star 1938

Box  1 , Folder  17

Carter, John. "Susan B. Anthony Pioneered for Women's Rights", New York Times Book Review 1928 November 4

Box  1 , Folder  18

Picture of the International Council of Women, Sunday Times 1936 November 15

Box  1 , Folder  18

"Colorado Speaks for Itself", publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  18

"Press Comment", publication unknown 1935 February 23

Box  1 , Folder  18

"What Idaho Says", publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  19

"Susan B. Anthony Memorial Celebration", Equal Rights (vol. 22, no. 17) 1936 September 1

Box  1 , Folder  20

Sisson, Adelaid Howe. "Susan Brownell Anthony", Daughters American Revolution Magazine 1937

Box  1 , Folder  21

"A Co-Ed Anniversary", New York Times 1937 October 17

Box  1 , Folder  22

Cage, Cret. "Three National Liberators to be Honored", publication unknown 1938

Box  1 , Folder  22

"Una Winter's Dream is True", Colton Daily Courier no date

Box  1 , Folder  22

Clipping discussing Susan B. Anthony tree, Seattle Times no date

Box  1 , Folder  22

"Mrs. Una R. Winter Successfully Conducts Dedication of Giant Sequoia Tree in Honor of Susan B. Anthony", Upland News 1938 June 28

Box  1 , Folder  25

"Suffragist Leader Hailed as Emancipator of Women", San Diego Union 1940 May 13

Box  1 , Folder  25

"Plaque Fete Planned Today", San Diego Union 1940 May 12

Box  1 , Folder  26

"45 Women's Units Hail Susan B. Anthony's Equal Rights Fight", Evening Star 1941 February 16

Box  1 , Folder  26

Hendley, Anna E. "Women of World Owe Debt of Gratitude to Susan B. Anthony", publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  28

"Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Observed", Los Angeles Times 1941

Box  1 , Folder  28

Marvin, Virginia. "Woman's Viewpoint", Press-Telegram 1941

Box  1 , Folder  28

"Suffrage Drama Motivates Novel", Los Angeles Times 1941 March 2

Box  1 , Folder  34

Craft, "Colonel" Ida. "Why We Hike", publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  34

Johnston, Mary. "Growth of the Suffrage Fight", publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  34

"The Outlook for Women", The American Press 1913 March 1

Box  1 , Folder  38

"Homestead of Susan B. Anthony to be Preserved as Memorial", The Christian Science Monitor 1927 December 13

Box  1 , Folder  40

"Anthony Tribute Set for Tuesday", publication unknown 1938

Box  1 , Folder  40

"Emancipator of Women Given Living Memorial", Daily News, Los Angeles California 1938 February 14

Box  1 , Folder  41

"Messages from Mary Anthony Made Public at her Funeral", Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York 1907 February 8

Box  1 , Folder  41

"Susan B. Anthony Held Greater than Lincoln" and a picture of Reverend Anna Howard Shaw, publication unknown no date

Box  1 , Folder  48

"Last Thoughts Were on Her Life Work; Gives All She Has to The Cause", publication unknown 1907

Box  1 , Folder  76

Arndt, Jessie Ash. "Susan B. Anthony: Great Champion of Women's Rights", The Christian Science Monitor 1952 February 28

Box  1 , Folder  76

Sherman, Gene. "Doors of Hall of Fame Are Opened to a Vigorous Crusader for Women", Los Angeles Times 1951 February 15

Box  2 , Folder  19

Articles written about events in memory of Susan B. Anthony that took place on the Claremont Campus 1976-1984

Box  2 , Folder  21

"Civic Affairs--Let the Ladies Stand", Fortnight 1952 March 3

Box  2 , Folder  22

"More About Her Years", publication unknown no date

 

Series 5. Writings circa 1880-1950

Box  1 , Folder  7

An excerpt from the Ida Husted Harper's biography (page 1240) discussing Susan B. Anthony's five articles commissioned by the McClure Syndicate in 1901, by Ida Husted Harper no date

Box  1 , Folder  27

Typed excerpts from The Evening Star and other newspapers referring to the red shawl 1898

Box  1 , Folder  27

Typed excerpt from "The Red Shawl," by Lucy E. Anthony 1941 July

Box  1 , Folder  28

Typed messages from the dedication ceremony for the Susan B. Anthony Tree, Sequoia National Park, California 1938

Box  1 , Folder  31

"Materials for use in Classes in Observation of Susan B. Anthony Day," L.A. City School District 1941 February

Box  1 , Folder  32

"Two Tributes to Susan B. Anthony", typed excerpts from Equal Rights Magazine by Dr. M. Carey Thomas and the Harper Biography 1880

Box  1 , Folder  33

"Memorial to the California State Board of Education regarding the printing of the Manual of the Life of Susan B. Anthony -- For Use in the Public Schools," by Marjorie Longwell, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1944 June 15

Box  1 , Folder  36

"California's Outstanding Memorial to Susan B. Anthony" typed announcement for the dedication of a Sequoia tree and a photo of the tree, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California no date

Box  1 , Folder  37

Photostat of letter written to Mrs. Winter by Eleanor Roosevelt 1938 May 31

Box  1 , Folder  37

"Hi-Lites From Congressional Messages", for the dedication of the Susan B. Anthony Tree, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1938

Box  1 , Folder  47

Winter, Una R. "The Adelaide Johnson Marble", a typed page describing the Adelaide Johnson folder no date

Box  1 , Folder  49

Coates, Daisy B. "Susan B. Anthony -- Emancipator of Women", a five page typescript essay no date

Box  1 , Folder  50

Typescript carbon copy of a three act play depicting Susan B. Anthony's life no date

Box  1 , Folder  51

Hellman, Florence S. "Susan B. Anthony -- Bibliography" two page typescript 1940?

Box  1 , Folder  53

"Incidents of the Friendship of Miss Susan B. Anthony for Mrs. Charlotte Wills and Daughter, Fanny", one page typescript no date

Box  1 , Folder  61

Publicity release written by Una R. Winter on Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California letterhead for the Susan B. Anthony exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library, including a list of exhibit contents 1943 February 1

Box  1 , Folder  62

Typescript concerning the origin of Susan B. Anthony's middle name, written by from Una R. Winter no date

Box  1 , Folder  63

Typescript written by Una R. Winter, announcing the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library to be "Permanently Established in Los Angeles Public Library" 1942 April 3

Box  1 , Folder  64

Publicity release written by Una R. Winter listing additional material to be placed with the collection in the Los Angeles Public Library 1941 May 10

Box  1 , Folder  65

List of Susan B. Anthony material from the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library written by Una R. Winter, Upland, California 1941 September 29

Box  1 , Folder  67

"The Six Volumes", a publicity release announcing the acquisition of six volumes inscribed by Susan B. Anthony, from Una R. Winter no date

Box  1 , Folder  69

"'Measuring Up' - In a Small Town", seven page typescript including pictures written by Una R. Winter and Florence May Morse 1950

Box  1 , Folder  70

Publicity release referencing the presentation of the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee of California its collection to the Los Angeles Public Library 1941 February 7

Box  1 , Folder  71

"Susan B. Anthony Anecdotes and Reminiscences" three page typescript no date

Box  1 , Folder  74

"Contents of Scripps College Scrap-book" no date

Box  1 , Folder  77

"Publicity on Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Celebrations on or near February 15, 1941 taking place in other states, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Library of California 1941 March 18

Box  4 , Folder  9

Two short articles; "The Little Red Shawl" and "Description of the Red Shawl" written about Susan B. Anthony's red shawl no date