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COLLECTION Identifier: M-127

Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1915-1961


Correspondence, writings, campaign materials, etc., of Jeannette Rankin, pacifist, feminist and first woman elected to Congress.


  • Creation: 1915-1961

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Available only on microfilm; use microfilm M-127.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jeannette Rankin 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.


7 microfilm reels

Correspondence, 1915-1961; campaign materials, 1916-1942; speeches and writings, 1917-1952; and clippings, 1916-1965.


A pacifist and feminist (University of Montana, B.A., 1902), Rankin (1880-1973) was the first Congresswoman, representing Montana for the 1917-1919 and 1941-1943 terms; she was also the only member of Congress to vote against United States. participation in both world wars. In the 1920s she worked for the National Consumers’ League and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and founded the Georgia Peace Society. In the 1930s she worked for the National Council for Prevention of War. From 1945 to the early 1970s, she traveled extensively, especially in India, opposed the Vietnam War, and worked for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 89-M149

The microfilm of this collection was purchased from the Montana Historical Society in 1989.


  1. Folders 1-19: M-127, Reel 1
  2. Folders 19 (continued)-32: M-127, Reel 2
  3. Folders 33-60: M-127, Reel 3
  4. Folders 60 (continued)-75: M-127, Reel 4
  5. Folders 76-101: M-127, Reel 5
  6. Folders 102-Clippings: M-127, Reel 6
  7. Clippings (continued): M-127, Reel 7

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1879-1976 (MC 246; M-38.).

Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973. Papers of Jeannette Rankin, 1915-1965: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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