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COLLECTION Identifier: M-133, reel D3; WRC-44

Letter from Adelaide Avery Claflin in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1891


Letter to Lucy Stone by Adelaide Avery Claflin, Unitarian minister, suffragist, lecturer, and writer. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • 1891

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm, M-133, reel D3.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Adelaide Avery Claflin 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.


1 folders

Collection consists of a letter to Lucy Stone concerning Claflin's speaking schedule, July 13, 1891.


Adelaide Avery Claflin was born Narcissa Adelaide Avery in Boston, Massachusetts. She married Frederic A. Claflin in 1870; they had a son and three daughters.

Claflin began lecturing on woman suffrage in 1883 and appeared with Lucy Stone, Mary Livermore, and Julia Ward Howe. A Unitarian minister ordained at Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1897, she was on the executive board of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association and a member of the Boston Equal Suffrage League. Claflin published articles and editorials in Boston newspapers and in the Woman's Journal; she was also a member of the Quincy School Committee and of the Boston Castilian Club, which promoted interest in Spanish poetry.

For additional biographical information, see the Adelaide Avery Claflin collection (A/C583) at the Schlesinger Library, and A Woman of the Century, edited by Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore (Buffalo, N.Y.: C.W. Moulton, 1893), pages 175-76, which is also available on microfilm: Research Publications, Inc., The History of Women, 1979, Reel 620, no. 4940.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This letter of Adelaide Avery Claflin comprises one folder 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 this folder 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).

Claflin, Adelaide Avery, 1846-1931. Letter from Adelaide Avery Claflin in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1891: 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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