Selected Special Collections
National American Woman Suffrage Association, (NAWSA) Collection
Library and papers of seminal NAWSA suffragists
NAWSA contains nearly 800 books and pamphlets documenting the suffrage campaign. They were collected between 1890 and 1938 by members of NAWSA. The bulk of the collection is derived from the library of Carrie Chapman Catt. Additional materials were donated from the libraries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller and Mary A. Livermore.
Six books by Wollstonecraft, including A Vindication, are included along with over 900 books, journals, and scrapbooks from the libraries of Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other early leaders of the women's suffrage movement. Both the Catt and Anthony collections can be used to trace the efforts of national, state, and local women's organizations to correct discrimination against women under the civil code and to secure their right to vote, through legislative action and, after 1878, by federal amendment to the Constitution--a campaign that would take forty-two years to win. In addition to the reports and proceedings of organizations, both collections contain personal accounts and scrapbooks compiled by participants at all levels.
Digitized Materials from the NAWSA Collection