TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1869-1921

RG 101, Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2008 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association
Title: Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association records
Dates: 1869-1921
Quantity: 7 cubic feet
Abstract: The Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association was organized at a meeting in Roberts’ Opera House, Hartford, October 28-29, 1869. The Association carried on a spirited and energetic campaign to obtain the vote for women, first in school and local elections and then on a state and national level, working in collaboration with many other equal rights, equal franchise, and constitutional union groups. Its primary aim having been achieved with the ratification by Connecticut of the 19th Amendment on September 14, 1920, the Association voted to dissolve itself on June 3, 1921.
Identification: RG101
Accession: 1921-036
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association (CWSA) was organized at a meeting in Robert’s Opera House in Hartford on October 28th and 29th, 1869. Called to order by the Hon. John Hooker and a group of community leaders including Isabella Beecher Hooker, Frances Ellen Burr, Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, the meeting was addressed by such eminent people as the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Julia Ward Howe and William Lloyd Garrison. The association carried on a spirited and energetic campaign to obtain the vote for women, first in school and local elections and then on a state and national level, working in collaboration with many other “equal rights,” “equal franchise” and “constitutional union” groups. Its primary aim was achieved with the ratification by Connecticut of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on September 14, 1920. Accomplishing its goal, the association voted to dissolve itself on June 3, 1921, and the records were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

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Scope and Content

The CWSA collection not only contains records of meetings, correspondence, photographs and pamphlets, but also numerous scrapbooks that include relevant newspaper clippings. This material dates from the association's inception on October 28, 1869, to its dissolution on June 3, 1921. Organized first by subject, the materials in the collection are arranged in chronological order.

The records of the meetings chronicle the business of each meeting from 1869 to 1914. Frances Ellen Burr, recording secretary of the association for forty-one years, kept handwritten records until 1910. The vitality and determination of the group, registering 138 members on October 28, 1869, and swelling to 21,000 by 1914, is evident in the many scrapbooks of mounted newspaper clippings. Frances Ellen Burr was responsible for putting together most of these scrapbooks. While association records in this collection actually begin in 1869, Miss Burr's newspaper clippings documenting the early suffrage movement are dated as early as 1849. Newspaper clippings in scrapbooks that are in an extremely fragile state have been photocopied and placed in folders.

Membership and attendance registers are included in the collection and date from 1869 to 1920. This collection also contains a number of photographs of members - groups and executive board members, parades, demonstrations, campaigns and local political press photos. Publications such as pamphlets, leaflets and campaign literature date from 1870 to 1920.

The material in the oversized container (photographs, broadsides and political cartoons) appeared in an exhibition in the Museum of Connecticut History in June 1995. For the exhibit, the staff utilized acid-free mounting.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Items numbered 13 and 14 of the "Container List" have been restricted because of their extremely fragile condition, especially the scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings. All restricted material has been photocopied and placed in the appropriate folder (noted as a copy).

Items considered fragile but remaining in the collection include the following:
Item No. 3 Constitution and Members, 1869
Item No. 8 Scrapbook Volume A, 1849-60
Item No. 9 Scrapbook Volume B, 1860's
Item No. 10 Scrapbook Volume C, 1858-70

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 069, Manuscript Collection - assorted manuscripts
RG 106, League of Women Voters, 1926-1955
RG 153, University of Connecticut. Center for Oral History, Edna Purtell interview transcription, 1973, cassette tape [324.3]
RG 156, Connecticut Order of Women Legislators, 1927-1984, Scrapbooks

Woman's Journal and Suffrage News. Boston, Mass., 1916 [Spec Coll. JK 1880 W56]

Polci, Mari Waters. "The role and development of the League of Women Voters in Connecticut: an organizational response to the changing status of women." microfilm [324.3 P 757ro SL]

Sashes and banners: Yellow/white/blue sashes (23) and banners (6), 2 "Vote for Women" sashes and 1 "Marshall" sash. Museum of Connecticut History collection.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association

Persons:

Burr, Frances Ellen

Subjects:

Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association -- Records and correspondence
Women -- Suffrage -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Bills (legislative records)
Correspondence
Membership lists
Minutes
News clippings
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association offered its records and archives to the State Library of Connecticut with the agreement that the League of Women Voters should be residuary legatee of its other property.

The scrapbooks of Frances Ellen Burr, Volumes A, B, C, and E, containing mounted clippings pertaining to woman suffrage and related subjects dated 1858 - 1900 have been in the State Library since 1924. Previously a part of the book collection, the four volumes were added to the association archives. Similar material had already been included in CWSA archives.

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Container List

Records, 1869-1921
Box
1. Meeting records, 1869-1910, 2 volumes 1
2. Meeting records, 1910-1914, 38 separate sleeves 2
Arranged chronologically.
3. Membership and Attendance Registers, 1869-1920
Constitution and members, 1869 3
Membership book, 1884
Registration book, 1919-1920
4. Newspaper clippings, reports, correspondence and photographs, 1872-1921
Newspaper clippings and letters in scrapbook, 1872-1873 4
Includes copies of letters from Isabella Hooker Beecher and Susan B. Anthony.
Newspaper clippings, Women at the Polls, 1893
Progress, 1909 February
Newspaper clippings, Campaign, 1914 June 14 - August 8
News bulletin, 1916 September 12
Delegates-at-large by County, 1917-1921
Press report, 1913 February 19
Photographs of groups
Photographs of suffrage leaders
Photographs of vice campaign in Hartford
Constitution and by-laws
Letter of resignation, Catherine H. Hepburn
Association reports, 1911-1917
50th Anniversary Luncheon invitation, Frances Ellen Burr
History of the year, 1919-1920
Meeting of delegates and workers, 1920 September 24
Minutes of workers' meeting, 1920 September 2
Executive Board minutes, 1921 June 3
Correspondence, Seliger/Hooker, 1899, 1917
Negatives, vice campaign, parade and executive board
State Archives correspondence with Katherine Houghton, 2001-2002
5. Executive Board Meeting Minutes and Treasurers' Reports, 1917-1920 5
6. Political and legislative campaign material, 1871-1920
House of Representatives active bills, 1871-1875 6
Newspaper clippings - Political campaign
1920 August
1920 September
1920 October
1920 November
undated
House Bills 595 and 805
Legislative hearing, 1917 February 27, 2 copies
Legislative hearing, 1917 April
Data concerning Senator Brandegee
Senator Frank Brandegee, 2 folders
7. Publications, 1870-1919
Pamphlets 7
1870-1871
1888-1898
1900-1919
Leaflets
Campaign literature and pamphlets, 1920
8. Scrapbook Volume A, Frances Ellen Burr, 1849-1860 8
Index in back.
9. Scrapbook Volume B, Frances Ellen Burr, circa 1860-1869 9
Index in back.
10. Scrapbooks , 1858-1900
Volume C, 1858-1870 10
Volume E, 1888-1900, copy
11. Newspaper clippings, 1915-1916
Photocopy of scrapbook, 1915 January - April 11
Photocopy of scrapbook, 1915 June - November
Scrapbook, 1916
12. Oversized and Special Material
Matted posters 12
Suffrage cartoons
Pen used for ratification document
War service certificate, American Red Cross
Engraving cuts of Lincoln Memorial, Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mrs. Mabel C. Washburn
13. Restricted Material
Photographs, newspapers, correspondence and records of meetings 13
14. Restricted Material
Scrapbooks 14
Campaign clipping, 1914
Volume E, Frances Ellen Burr, 1888-1900
Newspaper clippings, 1915
Newspaper clippings, 1915