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COLLECTION Identifier: A-116

Papers of Jane Norman Smith, 1913-1953


Correspondence, speeches, articles, etc., of Jane Norman Smith, chairman of the National Woman's Party.


  • Creation: 1913-1953


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jane Norman Smith 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.


7.63 linear feet ((16 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 supersize photograph folder)

Jane Norman Smith's papers center about the activities of the National Woman's Party of which she was chairman, 1927-1929, and its campaign for equality for women in all spheres of activities. Among Mrs. Smith's particular interests were industrial equality for women in New York and the investment of National Woman's Party funds. The bulk of the collection is correspondence and includes information about the 1947 lawsuits within the National Woman's Party, some material on other women's organizations, on international women's activities, and on suffrage in New York. There are also many National Woman's Party publications and 3 volumes of newspaper clippings re suffrage and equal rights.


Jane Norman Smith was chairman of the National Woman's Party from 1927 to 1929.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 56-119

Gift of Helen Norman Smith. Received 1956.


The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. bound volume The Suffragist, December 1915-December 1917
  2. League of Nations publications re status of women, 1937
  3. Miscellaneous issues of various magazines and newspapers
  4. Bulletin, The Consumer's League of New York
  5. California Woman
  6. Equal Rights
  7. Industrial Equality
  8. International Woman Suffrage News
  9. Legislative Counsellor
  10. The Woman Republican
  11. Woman's Pulpit


  1. Box 1: 1-44
  2. Box 2: 45-62
  3. Box 3: 63-73
  4. Box 4: 74-83
  5. Box 5: 84-97
  6. Box 6: 98-111
  7. Box 7: 112-125
  8. Box 8: 126-140
  9. Box 9: 141-158
  10. Box 10: 159-174
  11. Box 11: 175-188
  12. Box 12: 189-202
  13. Box 13: 203-217
  14. Box 14: 218-234
  15. Box 15: 235-247
  16. Box 16: volume 1, volume 3
  17. Folio Box 17: volume 2
Smith, Jane Norman, 1874-1953. Papers of Jane Norman Smith, 1913-1953: 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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