Additional papers of Mary J. Coggeshall, 1867-1912
Writings, speeches, and suffrage-related memorabilia of Iowa suffrage activist Mary Jane Coggeshall.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
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Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary J. Coggeshall 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.
Extent3.58 linear feet ((2 file boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 2 photograph folders)
These papers of Mary J. Coggeshall document her involvement in suffrage activism, both in Iowa and nationally, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The collection includes handwritten notes and drafts for Coggeshall's speeches before suffrage clubs, as well as at local women's clubs. Many of these dealt with women's legal rights in different states and nations, as well as philosophical inquiries into women's status in the United States, and United States history. A few of the speeches found here are related to those in
The collection is arranged alphabetically; folders were titled by the archivist.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall was born on January 17, 1836, in Milton, Indiana, to Lydia and Isaac Whiteley. On November 10, 1957, she married John Milton Coggeshall (1829-1889). The Coggeshalls had six children, only three of whom lived to adulthood: Olan T. (1863-1872), Anna (1865-1865), George Whiteley (1867-1944), Carl Carlton (1872-1890), Harry Haden (1876-1958), and Corinne (1880-1930). Mary Jane and John Coggeshall were both raised as Quakers, though in slightly different sects. They moved from Indiana to Des Moines, Iowa, sometime between 1867 and 1870. In 1870 Mary Jane Coggeshall was a founding member of the Polk County (Iowa) Woman Suffrage Society, and edited The Woman's Hour, which the Society produced between 1877 and 1880. She also held numerous positions in the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association (which became the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association in 1897), including three terms as president. Coggeshall was elected an auditor for the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in 1902 and 1904, attended several National American Woman Suffrage Association conventions, and was a speaker at those held in Washington, DC (1904), and Chicago (1907). She also served as editor of The Woman's Standard for its first two years of publication (1886-1888) and its last (1911). Mary Jane Coggeshall died on December 22, 1911, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 92-M140
These papers of Mary J. Coggeshall were given to the Schlesinger Library by John Gray, widower of Coggeshall's granddaughter, Helen Lingenfelter Gray, in August 1992.
Donors: John Gray
Accession number: 92-M140
Processed by: Jenny Gotwals
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and published material department:
- Woman's Hour, 1877-1878 (Vol. 1, No.2; Vol. 2, No. 1-2, 4-5) and 1880 (September)
- Woman Suffrage Leaflet, 1893-1895 (Vol. 6, No. 1; Vol. 7, No. 6) and 1904 (Vol. 11, No. 1)
Processed: May 2017
By: Jenny Gotwals
- Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955
- Polk County (Iowa)
- Suffrage--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Political activity
- Women--Societies and clubs
- Women--Suffrage--Caricatures and cartoons
- Women--Suffrage--United States
- Coggeshall, Mary J., 1836-1911. Additional papers of Mary J. Coggeshall, 1867-1912: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
- EAD ID
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