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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 222

Papers of Anna Kelton Wiley, 1893-1962


Correspondence, pamphlets, articles, etc., of Anna Kelton Wiley, suffragist and member of many clubs in Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 1893-1962

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Kelton Wiley is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes)

This collection includes business and personal correspondence; pamphlets and articles on suffrage, equal rights and social reform; and bulletins and programs of many of the clubs.


Anna Kelton Wiley was born in Oakland, California in 1877. She graduated from George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1897 and worked in various government offices. She married Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry, in 1911; they had two children, Harvey, Jr. and John P.

Anna Wiley was active in various Washington organizations for fifty-five years. As a suffragist she spent five days in jail for picketing the White House in 1917. She served as Chairman of the National Woman's Party (1930-1932, 1940-1942) as well as editor (1940-1945) of its periodical, Equal Rights. She belonged to over forty organizations, as diverse as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Consumers' League. Using her knowledge of and interest in politics, she lobbied for legislation on behalf of many of these organizations.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 754

The papers of Anna Kelton Wiley were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1964 by John P. Wiley.


  1. Box 1: 1-8
  2. Box 2: 9-14
  3. Box 3: 15-22
  4. Box 4: 23-24

Processing Information

Processed: April 1976

By: Laurie Cadigan


Wiley, Anna Kelton, 1877-1964. Papers of Anna Kelton Wiley, 1893-1962: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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