2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 15, 2019 5:26 PM by LOC Manuscript Division Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Looking for primary sources on early women's voting rights before the 19th Amendment?

    Michelle Novak Newbie

      I forgot to add that I a doing the groundwork for a new article on the topic. If anyone knows of original source material tucked away in an archive (already working with the state archives), please let me know!

        • Re: Looking for primary sources on early women's voting rights before the 19th Amendment?

          Ms. Novak,


          The National Archives Catalog is full of primary source documents and would be a great place to find information for your article. You might be interested in researching Record Group 11, General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 2006. Within that record group, there is a specific series with digitized documents from the Ratified Amendments under the NA [National Archives] ID catalog number 299796.


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          • Re: Looking for primary sources on early women's voting rights before the 19th Amendment?
            LOC Manuscript Division Tracker

            Hello Michelle,


            The history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present day is documented in the personal papers and organizational records held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. These collections include the papers of politicians, presidents, suffragists, authors, film actors, Supreme Court Justices and activists both famous and relatively unknown.


            Among the Suffragists early leaders, the Manuscript Reading Room provides digital access to the papers of Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Many other relevant collections in our custody are not yet digitized, and extensive research in these papers would require a visit to the Manuscript Reading Room in person. These collections include the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League of Women Voters, and those of the National Woman's Party. The personal papers of Maud Wood Park, the first president of the League of Women Voters, activist Anna Kelton Wiley, and Mary Church Terrell who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women are also accessible in the reading room. Please consult our finding aids for more information about the contents and arrangement of these and other manuscript collections, and our information for researchers if you would like to plan a visit to the reading room (Using the Collections). The online subject guide American Women provides an overview of resources at the Library of Congress that relate to the topic of women's history.


            Feel free to contact the Manuscript Reading Room via our Ask a Librarian request form if you have questions about our collections, and good luck with your project.

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