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COLLECTION Identifier: WRC 1103; M-133, reel D49

Records of the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1912-1917


Party platform, membership enrollment card, etc., of the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge (Massachusetts), which covered 26 wards of Boston. These records are part of the Woman's Rights Collection.


  • 1912-1917

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge 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 party platform, membership enrollment card, etc.; also flyer from Providence Woman Suffrage Party.


The Woman Suffrage Party as a whole covered 26 wards of Boston, the town of Brookline, and the cities of Cambridge, Newton, and Somerville. Organized for the sole purpose of obtaining votes for women, the otherwise non-partisan Woman Suffrage Party attempted to reach voters and women at the ward and precinct levels by holding rallies on street corners, and perhaps through door-to-door canvassing. There were no membership dues; the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge raised money through rummage and chocolate sales. Woman Suffrage Party cooperated with such organizations as the Cambridge Political Equality Association, the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, and the College Equal Suffrage League. For additional background information, see Sharon Hartman Strom, "Leadership and Tactics in the American Woman Suffrage Movement: A New Perspective from Massachusetts," Journal of American History 62 (September 1975): 296-315.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers of the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge fill 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 series was prepared for microfilming in November 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).

For the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge treasurer's book, 1912-ca.1915, see folder #Jo-201 in the Papers of Grace A. Johnson in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1840-1952.

Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge (Mass.). Records of the Woman Suffrage Party of Cambridge in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1912-1917: 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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