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COLLECTION Identifier: WRC 1036-40; M-133, reel A18

Papers of Anna Howard Shaw in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1908-1943


Biographical material, correspondence, photographs, etc., of Anna Howard Shaw, English-born Methodist minister, temperance lecturer, and woman suffrage leader. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • 1908-1943


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Howard Shaw 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.


5 folders

Collection includes biographical material, correspondence, pamphlet by Anna Howard Shaw, photographs, etc.


Anna Howard Shaw, reformer, minister, and physician, became a lecturer for the Massachusetts State Suffrage Association in 1885. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and was vice-president-at-large of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1892-1904) and president (1904-1915). Upon retirement as president in 1915 she was named honorary president for life. For additional biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass. 1971), which includes a list of additional sources.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers of Anna Howard Shaw fill five folders of the Woman's Rights Collection, which was given to Radcliffe College in August 1943 and formed the nucleus of the Women's Archives, later the Schlesinger Library. The material in these folders was prepared for microfilming in May 1989 by Chris M. Ponticelli. It was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Related Material:

This material forms part of the Schlesinger Library's Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 (WRC).

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Series X of the Mary Earhart Dillon Collection, Anna Howard Shaw papers, 1863-1955 (M-133, reel A14-18; A-68).

Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919. Papers of Anna Howard Shaw in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1908-1943: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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