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COLLECTION Identifier: WRC 1081b; M-133, reel D8

Constitution of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1909


Constitution adopted at the London convention of the International Woman Suffrage Association, a loose international union of suffragists. These records are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • Creation: 1909

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use microfilm, M-133, reel D8.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The constitution of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance is in the public domain.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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Collection contains the International Woman Suffrage Alliance constitution adopted at the London convention, May 1, 1909.


Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, invited representatives of suffrage societies from other countries to National American Woman Suffrage Association 's 1902 annual convention in Washington. Representatives from ten countries decided to form a loose international union, which formally became the International Woman Suffrage Alliance at the second meeting, held in Berlin two years later.

International Woman Suffrage Alliance, which later became the International Alliance of Women, held its "First Quinquennial IWSA Meeting" in London, April 26-May 1, 1909. Representatives from twenty countries attended; Catt presided. Although this meeting has been referred to (particularly by contemporaries) as the fifth congress or convention, historians usually refer to it as the fourth. For further information see Adele Schreiber and Margaret Mathieson, Journey Towards Freedom, Written for the Golden Jubilee of the International Alliance of Women (London: William Clowes and Sons, 1955) or Arnold Whittick, Woman into Citizen (London: Athenaeum, 1979).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance fills 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 June 1990 by Kim Brookes. 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).

International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Constitution of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1909: 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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