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COLLECTION Identifier: M-133, reel D2; WRC 17-21

Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1885-1950


Correspondence, writings, photographs, etc., of Alice Stone Blackwell, writer and suffragist. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • Creation: 1885-1950

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals are closed; use microfilm M-133, reel D2.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Stone Blackwell 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 folders (5 folders, 1 folio+ folder, 1 photograph folder)

The Alice Stone Blackwell series consists of articles about Blackwell, correspondence, writings of Blackwell, photographs of Blackwell and of Catherine Breshkovsky (whose biography Blackwell wrote), and miscellaneous materials. Topics covered include the history of suffrage organizations, Blackwell's political views, the translation of Spanish poetry, Lucy Stone, and the Alice Stone Blackwell Fund. The collection reflects the range of Blackwell's interests; there is no long run of material about any one subject.


Alice Stone Blackwell, daughter of suffrage leaders Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell, was born in Orange, New Jersey, but spent most of her life in and around Boston. After graduating from Boston University in 1881, Blackwell joined her parents at The Woman's Journal, the woman's rights newspaper they had founded and edited. Over the next 35 years, she played a leading role in writing and editing the Journal.

Blackwell was instrumental in bringing about the reconciliation of the National and American Woman Suffrage associations in 1890, and for almost twenty years served as secretary of the new National American Woman Suffrage Association. Among her other positions were president of the New England and Massachusetts Woman Suffrage associations and honorary president of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters.

A self-proclaimed radical socialist, Blackwell supported numerous humanitarian causes. She was affiliated with Friends of Russian Freedom, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and the NAACP, among other organizations. With the help of foreign-born friends, Blackwell translated into English the works of Mexican, Armenian, Russian, Yiddish, and Hungarian poets.

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 Alice Stone Blackwell fill seven 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 July 1989 by Janet Hayashi. 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 Blackwell family Papers, 1784-1944 (A-77), Blackwell family Papers, 1835-1963 (A-145), Blackwell family Papers, 1832-1981 (MC 411), Blackwell family Additional papers, 1851-1972 (MC 715), Alice Stone Blackwell Letters, 1921-1950 (MC 1026); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1909-1945, undated (A/B632a1a); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1909-1945, undated (A/B632a1b); Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1940, undated (A/B632a1c); Letters of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1888-1913, undated (A/B632a1d); Letter of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1921, undated (A/B632a1e); Letter of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1893, undated (A/B632a1f); and Letters of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1905 (A/B632a1g)

Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950. Papers of Alice Stone Blackwell in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1885-1950: 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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