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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A628b: M-42

Papers of Susan B. Anthony, 1849-1906


Correspondence, memorial pamphlet, etc., of Susan B. Anthony, suffragist and reformer.


  • Creation: 1849-1906


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Originals are closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Susan B. Anthony as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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This collection consists mainly of correspondence. There are 28 letters (20 autograph letters, signed, 2 letters, signed, 6 typed letters, signed) from Susan B. Anthony to 27 different people about a variety of subjects, including temperance, woman's rights, and the History of Woman Suffrage. There are also two autograph notes, signed, one telegram and one autograph letter, signed (1899) to Susan B. Anthony, all concerning the International Council of Women.

The collection also contains receipts, newsclippings, a Susan B. Anthony memorial pamphlet, a photograph of Janie H. Spafford, and "The Anthony Home Calendar." Both the calendar and the photograph have been microfilmed with the Library's photograph collection; the film is available at the Schlesinger Library. The Calendar duplicates one in the Susan B. Anthony papers (see A-143, #31) and can be found elsewhere on these reels.


Best known for her lifelong crusade for woman’s suffrage, Anthony was first active in the temperance and anti-slavery movements. In May 1869 she organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as president. From 1891 to 1900, she was the second president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. For further information, see Notable American Women (1971).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 540, 807, 833, 939, 979, 987, 988, 994, 1016, 1100, 1179, 1272, 1275, 1321, 1358, 70-87, 70-89

These papers of Susan B. Anthony were purchased by the Schlesinger Library from Paul C. Richards, Goodspeed's Bookshop, Univ. Autographs and Walter Benjamin Autographs in 1963-1968 and 1970, in part through the Margaret Earhart Smith Fund.

Related Material:

For additional Susan B. Anthony materials at the Schlesinger Library, see A/A628, A/A628a, A/A628c, A/A628d, A/A628e, A/A628f, A/A628g, and A-143.

Processing Information

Reprocessed: February 1980

By: Bert Hartry

Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906. Papers of Susan B. Anthony, 1849-1906: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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