Spotlight on Academics: The Ella Strong Denison Library’s Women’s Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection

CLAREMONT, California - August 25, 2017

By Dorran Boyle, Scripps Library Associate, and Vannesa Reyes-Salazar ’19

Held in the Macpherson Collection by and about women at the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, the Women’s Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection traces the development of the American women’s suffrage movement with a significant focus on California’s history. Beginning in the mid-19th century, the collection primarily emphasizes the years from 1901 to 1924, preceding and immediately following the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Contents include leaflets, flyers, newspaper articles, suffrage programs, magazine clippings, and memorabilia from the United States, with correspondence and ephemera related to suffrage pioneers, including Susan B. Anthony, Alice Park, and Carrie Chapman Catt. Additional resources come from around the world, representing Great Britain, Canada, India, Japan, and Europe. The collection represents central themes and issues concerning gender, labor, and politics, many of which continue to resonate today.

You can explore the digitized version of the Women’s Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection here.