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Equal Suffrage League of Virginia records

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia records, 1909-1938
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia records
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  • Papers, 1909-1938, of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, including correspondence, organization records for both the Equal Suffrage League and the League of Women Voters, printed materials, newspaper clippings, "Votes for Women" buttons, and postcards. The publications relate to women's suffrage and related issues of government, organization, education, child and economic welfare, and the legal status of women
  • The collection was received by the Virginia State Library in 1942 from Ida Mae Thompson, a clerk with the WPA Historical Records Survey. Thompson had previously served as office secretary for the Equal Suffrage League and the League of Women Voters. The collection's correspondence includes a sizable number of letters by Jessie Townsend and Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, along with those of Adele Clark, Edith Clark Cowles, and Lila Meade Valentine
  • The researcher is advised to consult the finding aid before examining the records. Due to the artificial nature of the collection, certain types of material will appear in more than one location, with original order taking precedence; for example, Ida Thompson's Historic Records Survey requests for information on local suffrage leagues are filed in Box 3 by locality, along with letters and materials sent in response, while the majority of correspondence is filed chronologically in Boxes 1 and 2
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia was organized in 1909 in Richmond, Virginia. Its primary purpose was to publicize and propagandize women's issues in the state, with the goal to win the political vote. Virginia was one of the six states which did not ratify the amendment. The final board meeting of the Equal Suffrage League was on November 8, 1920, and it became the League of Women Voters on November 10, 1920.
  • Ida Mae Thompson, headquarters secretary of the Equal Suffrage League from 1913 to its dissolution in 1920, collected these papers in 1938 in response to a request by the Works Progress Administration.
Cataloging source
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia records
A bound volume of the newspaper, Woman's Journal and Suffrage News, 4 January 1913- 27 December 1913, was separated out and placed with the newspaper collection
  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
Thompson, Ida Mae
Type of unit
cubic ft. (22 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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