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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 800.10

Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women Newton Branch Committee records


Records of the Newton Branch Committee of the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women.


  • Creation: 1894-1902

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Correspondence concerns the business of the Newton Branch and also of the larger Association, primarily with Harriet H. Stone and Helen Mansfield. Compositions include journal entries made by Stone about her daily activities for the Association ca.1898, manuscript lists of names contacted for the group, receipts, and other materials. Also includes leather wallets used to house diaries. Printed materials concern the Association and include: annual reports, bylaws; forms; form letters; lists of members; and leaflets, fliers and pamphlets printed by the group to lobby for their views on women's suffrage.

Biographical / Historical

The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women was formed on May 21, 1895 to "increase public interest in the great question of the extension of Suffrage to women, and to stimulate public opinion in opposition to it." This group was also known as Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women and later known as Women’s Anti-Suffrage Association of Massachusetts.

The parent association encouraged local groups to form and the Newton Branch Committee was formed by Newton resident Harriet Hodges Stone (Mrs. Lincoln R. Stone). Her husband, Lincoln Ripley Stone (born 1833 in Maine), was a physician with offices in Newton. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1854, served as a doctor in the United States Army during the Civil War, was president of the Middlesex South District Medical Society, and also served on the Newton School Board for many years. Harriet Stone was born in October of 1834 in Salem, Massachusetts, and after marriage was identified in the census as "keeping house." The Stones had 3 children, Laura P. Stone, James S. Stone, and Philip D. Stone,


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Printed material

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Batchelder; received: 1930 November 18.

Related Materials

See also papers and records concerning the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women at:

  1. Massachusetts Historical Society.
  2. Schlesinger Library, at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

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Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women. Newton Branch Committee records, 1894-1902: Guide.
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