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Susan B. Anthony Collection

Library and papers of Susan B. Anthony, (272 items).

[Susan B. Anthony, full-length portrait, seated, facing left], The Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

In 1903 Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), one of the founders of the woman suffrage movement in America, presented her personal library of feminist and antislavery literature to the Library of Congress. The collection contains inscribed volumes presented by admirers, the official reports of the national suffrage conventions, addresses made at congressional hearings after 1869, and files of reform periodicals such as the Women's Journal. In many of the 272 volumes Miss Anthony has written notes about the donor or author. Perhaps the outstanding feature of the library is Miss Anthony's thirty-three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, programs, handbills, and memorabilia. The scrapbooks were begun at the suggestion of her father in 1855 and document changes in public opinion toward Miss Anthony and the suffrage movement.

Supporting Resources

Digitized Materials From the Susan B. Anthony Collection
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Moral and Political Subjects. Philadelphia: Printed by William Gibbons ..., 1792.
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British feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was an early champion of women’s right to the same educational opportunities as men. In her copy of the first American edition of Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) identifies herself as “a great admirer of this earliest word for women’s Right to Equality.” Anthony serialized the Vindication in her newspaper the Revolution, hung Wollstonecraft's picture on the wall of her Rochester home, and invoked Wollstonecraft's memory in her last suffrage speech in 1906.

In her inscription in this copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Susan B. Anthony explains the book was originally given to well-known anti-slavery and women's rights advocate Lydia Mott (1807-1875) by her friend William Topp, a tailor and African- American abolitionist from Albany, New York. In 1874. Lydia Mott gave the book to Susan B. Anthony.


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