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COLLECTION Identifier: M-133, reels B8-9; WRC 617-632

Papers of Mary Hillard Loines in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1886-1944


Writings, diary, correspondence, leaflets, etc., of Mary Hillard Loines, suffragist and civic worker. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • 1886-1944

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm, M-133, reels B8-9

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Hillard Loines 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.


18 folders (16 folders, 1 folio folder, 1 oversize folder)

These papers are arranged in three sections: personal and biographical papers; suffrage correspondence, leaflets, clippings, etc., and material from or about various suffrage organizations (arranged alphabetically); and material from other organizations with which Mary Hillard Loines was involved (also arranged alphabetically). Arrangement is chronological within each folder.


Mary Hillard was born in England on May 4, 1844, the daughter of John and Harriet Low Hillard. In 1848 the family moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Loines lived for the rest of her life. She married Stephen H. Loines; they had four children.

Mary Loines was active in the suffrage movement beginning in 1869, when she served as secretary of the newly-founded Brooklyn Equal Rights Association, and attended the first convention of the American Woman Suffrage Association as a delegate from Brooklyn. She chaired the Committee on Legislation of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, 1899-1905, was president of the Brooklyn Woman Suffrage Association from 1899 until its dissolution in 1918, and attended the organizational meeting of the League of Women Voters. A tablet at the capitol building in Albany honoring the pioneers of the suffrage movement includes her name. She was a founder of the Consumers' League of New York and was active on the Prison Reform Committee.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers of Mary Hillard Loines fill eighteen 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 reprocessed and prepared for microfilming in April 1989 by Jane Ward. 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).

Loines, Mary Hillard, 1844-1944. Papers of Mary Hillard Loines in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1886-1944: 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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