On August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. But the campaign for women’s suffrage began long before that, in Iowa as elsewhere. To commemorate the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage and make the history of women’s suffrage in Iowa accessible to a broad audience, the Iowa Women’s Archives received a grant from the State Historical Society, Inc., to create a digital collection of suffrage documents. Christine Mastalio and Kayla Pollock, graduate students in the University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science, selected and digitized documents from the collections of the Iowa Women’s Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa (Des Moines and Iowa City branches), and Iowa State University.
Women’s Suffrage in Iowa consists of:
- Women’s Suffrage in Iowa Digital Collection — a collection of images and documents available through the Iowa Digital Library
- Iowa’s Suffrage Scrapbook, 1854-1920 — an online exhibit that provides an overview of the suffrage movement in Iowa and includes links to other resources on women’s suffrage in Iowa and beyond
- Women’s Suffrage in Iowa: A Sneak Peek of a New Digital Collection: an exhibit created at the beginning of the project in summer 2010
We were able to include only a fraction of the rich and plentiful suffrage materials held by the State Historical Society of Iowa and Iowa State University. We encourage researchers to visit those institutions to use additional archival material.
The staff of the Iowa Women’s Archives acknowledges with gratitude our colleagues in the University of Iowa Libraries,
the State Historical Society of Iowa–Des Moines and Iowa City branches, and the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library for their assistance with this project and The State Historical Society, Inc. for funding this project.