Susan B. Anthony Papers
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Susan B. Anthony Papers consist of .75 linear feet of material. They contain primarily miscellaneous information regarding her professional achievements and the efforts by others to memorialize her work (1894-1970). Series I contains Biographical Material and Writings. This is the most extensive series, and it includes a wide range of miscellaneous items.
There are various copies of clippings (1876-1979), which provide information about her involvement and contribution to the women's rights movement. Postcards, an original portrait painted by her nephew (1907), and some original photographs (1875-1906) (as well as numerous copies of photographs (1850-1906)) documenting Anthony from youth to old age are also included.
Also found in Series I is a good deal of material regarding the efforts by others to memorialize Anthony. Included are: clippings concerning her birthplace at Adams, Massachusetts (1927-70); and clippings, photographs, and printed matter regarding the memorial in her Rochester, New York home (1948). There are also various original commemorative postage stamps, as well as extensive correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, news releases, and photographs of the First Day Women Suffrage Stamp ceremony in Adams, Massachusetts (26 August, 1970). The stamp was issued to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The League of Women Voters initiated this event and organized this celebration, choosing Adams, Massachusetts because it was Anthony's birthplace. This material documents the detailed process undertaken to bring such an event to fruition.
There is other material describing assorted Anthony memorials across the United States, including information regarding her entry in to the New York University Hall of Fame (1950), Smithsonian Institution (1920-41), Susan B. Anthony memorial libraries (1941-50), Susan B. Anthony Day (1939-7), the Tree Project (1938), and other miscellaneous memorial efforts (1940-71).
Documents of Edwin T. Marsh, inspector of polls, detailing his arrest for permitting Anthony to register to vote (1872), provide insight into the illegal voting scandal for which Anthony was also arrested.
Series II consists of a limited amount of assorted personal and professional correspondence. There are some typed copies of letters to family and friends (1872-1905), as well as typed copies of third party correspondence by those who knew Anthony (1894-1944). A collection of original autographs and a few handwritten letters finish this series.