Woman's suffrage realia and ephemera collection, 1850s-1920, 2019, undated

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Collection contains objects and ephemera relating to the women's suffrage movement in the United Kingdom and United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Various pro- and anti-suffrage perspectives are represented. The items include banners, textiles, buttons, pins, and badges, along with other related handbills and printed materials.
5.0 Linear Feet (11 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Materials are in English.
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Scope and content:

Collection comprises materials relating to the women's suffrage movement in the United States and United Kingdom, including pins, medallions, buttons, textiles, card sets, stamps, photographs, and printed materials and ephemera. The majority of the collection's items express pro-women's suffrage sentiments. Organizations present include the Woman's Peace Party, Catholic Women's Suffrage Society, Women's Freedom League, National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, Cymeric Suffrage Union, Men's League for Women's Suffrage, Women's Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U.), Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the Woman's Suffrage National Aid Corps. Examples of messages conveyed include: "Votes for Women," "Vote No on Women's Suffrage," "Women's Equality. Women's Lives." Some items include portraits of women suffragists, including Susan B. Anthony and Inez Milholland. Several items reference voting to repeal the 19th amendment. Also includes three sets of "Panko or Votes for Women: The Great Card Game Suffragists v. Anti-Suffragists," published in 1909 by Peter Gurney with illustrations by E.T. Reed, from Punch magazine. Postcards and photographs include both caricatures and real-photo images of suffragists, suffragettes, and their allies, as well as items mocking or opposing the woman's suffrage movement. The collection contains some 1910s banners, scarves, and sashes in yellow and white, and others in green and purple fabric, with text reading "Votes for Women"; there are also a variety of printed handbills, handouts, fliers, and ephemeral materials circulated and distributed to the public for suffrage campaigns in different states, including Massachusetts, New York, and Maine. Also contains an illustrated puzzle, Votes for Women, printed by eeBoo Corporation and issued in 2019.

Acquisition information:

Portions of the Woman's Suffrage Realia and Ephemera Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015 from Lisa Unger Baskin, and a gift in 2016 from Kenneth Hubbard. Additions acquired in 2022 and 2023.

Votes for Women puzzle (2019) transferred from Robin Morgan Papers accession 2022-0107.

Processing information:

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, Meghan Lyon, and Rubenstein Library staff, 2015-2024.

Accessions represented in this guide include: 2015-0050; 2016-0234; 2022-0100; 2022-0194; 2022-0107; 2023-0030.


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[Identification of item], Woman's suffrage realia and ephemera collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.