Papers of Fanny Baker Ames in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1907-1943
Correspondence, photographs, etc., of Fanny Baker Ames, suffragist and reformer. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Originals closed; use microfilm, M-133, reel D2.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. The papers of Fanny Baker Ames are in the public domain.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Collection includes correspondence and photograph of Ames, and a memorial address about Ames.
Fanny Baker Ames was born Julia Frances Baker in Canandaigua, New York. She spent much of her adult life in Philadelphia and Boston, working for charitable and political causes. In all her endeavors, she worked closely with her husband, Charles Gordon Ames, a Unitarian minister whom she married in 1863. In 1888, the Ameses settled permanently in Boston, where Ames held various offices in Massachusetts and New England suffrage associations, including the presidency of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association. In addition, she served on the Boston School Committee and the original Board of Trustees of Simmons College, and was the first woman to be appointed factory inspector in Massachusetts.
Ames died at the age of 91 in Barnstable, Massachusetts, survived by a stepson and two daughters. For further information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass., 1971), which includes a list of additional sources.
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Fanny B. Ames fill two 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 June 1989 by Janet Hayashi. It was microfilmed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
- Ames, Fanny Baker, 1840-1931. Papers of Fanny Baker Ames in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1907-1943: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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