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COLLECTION Identifier: A-140

Papers of Helen Hunt West, 1917-1964


Correspondence, speeches, articles, etc., of Helen Hunt West, lawyer and journalist.


  • Creation: 1917-1964

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Hunt West 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.


1.79 linear feet (1 file box, 1 folio+ box)

Letters, speeches, photographs, clippings of Helen Hunt West, Florida lawyer and journalist. Collection covers her activities in the suffrage campaign, the National Woman's Party (West served as Congressional Chairman, a National Council member, and editor of Equal Rights), and the movement for the passage of the Equal Rights amendment to the Constitution. Also, correspondence relating to the "50-50" bill in the Florida State Legislature which called for equal representation of men and women on party committees, sponsored by West.


Florida lawyer and journalist, Helen Hunt West [Mrs. Byron McG.] was congressional chairman and national council member of the National Woman's Party, and editor of its Equal Rights.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 752

Gift of Mrs. Clyde H. Taylor, 190 Bosphorus Avenue, Davis Island, Tampa, Florida. Received May 1964.

General note

Container List
  1. Box 1: Folders 1-15, Volume 1
  2. Folio+ Box 2: Volumes 2-6
West, Helen Hunt, 1892-1963. Papers of Helen Hunt West, 1917-1964: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

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