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COLLECTION Identifier: A-44: M-133, reel E35

Papers of Margaret Stevenson Roberts, 1896-1956


Correspondence, telegrams, speeches, etc., of Margaret Stevenson Roberts, librarian, suffragist, and Republican Party activist.


  • Creation: 1896-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Margaret Stevenson Roberts 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The bulk of these papers consists of letters and telegrams pertaining to the suffrage movement and the Republican Party in Idaho; some letters in folder #7 deal with the founding of the League of Women Voters. Other papers include speeches by Margaret Stevenson Roberts, printed material about suffrage in Idaho and Roberts's library work, and clippings. There are no papers concerning Roberts's personal life. Arrangement is chronological within each folder.


Margaret Stevenson Roberts, suffragist and librarian, was the daughter of George H. Roberts, the first attorney general of Idaho. In 1905, she was appointed librarian for the Idaho Traveling Library and was responsible for distributing books to every corner of the state. She retired in 1933, but returned to work in 1947, holding the post until her death on May 24, 1952.

Roberts was also active in the woman suffrage movement and the state Republican Party. In 1916 and for several terms thereafter she served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Idaho. She served as vice president of the National Council of Women Voters, and as chairman of Idaho for the National League of Women Voters, resigning from that post in 1920. She was active in promoting social legislation and in club work, serving as president of the Boise Columbian Club.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 56-75

The Margaret Stevenson Roberts papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in March 1956 by Susan Dabney Taylor. The collection was prepared for microfilming by Janet Hayashi in July 1989.

Processing Information

Reprocessed: January 1978

By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Roberts, Margaret Stevenson, 1872-1952. Papers of Margaret Stevenson Roberts, 1896-1952: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
The collection was processed as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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