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Iowa Women's Archives

Collections – Woman Suffrage Movement 

BLOOMER, AMELIA (1818-1894).  Letters, 1837-1888.  0.5 linear inches.  A photocopy of the transcribed Amelia Bloomer Letters from the Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

BONNEY, MARGARET ATHERTON. Research files, 1886-1990.  0.5 linear inches. Research files include Iowa suffragist Mary Jane Coggeshall.

BUSHNELL-HAMLIN, ELLA. Papers, 1912-1985 (bulk 1912-1930). 7 items. Early suffragist and owner of Trident Publishing Company in Davenport , Iowa.

CARTER, LUCILLE KETCHUM. Papers, 1936-2003. 1 linear foot. Carter recounts her mother’s thoughts on voting shortly after women were enfranchised in 1920.

COSSON, JENNIFER RIGGS (18xx-1943).  Papers, 1890-1943, 10 linear inches.  Active in politics and community groups and a known suffragist.

HUNTER, MARY ANKENY (1870-19xx). Autobiographical sketch. Secretary, vice-president, and then president of the Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission in the 1920s and 1930s. Hunter was also an activist for world peace, a prohibitionist, and worked for the Red Cross during World War I.

IOWA SUFFRAGE MEMORIAL COMMISSION.  Records, 1910-1941.  2 linear inches.  Commemorated the efforts of pioneer suffragists and the enfranchisement of women.

NOUN, LOUISE (1908-2002 ). Papers, 1926-2002. 13 linear feet and audiovisual material. Des Moines, Iowa, social activist, art collector, author, and co-founder of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S LEAGUE (DES MOINES, IOWA). Records, 1903-1998. 2.2 linear feet. Women’s club founded in Des Moines in January 1900.

PROTEUS CLUB (DES MOINES, IOWA). Records, 1897-1996. 2.5 linear feet. Women’s study club organized in 1896 by college graduates for their intellectual improvement.  Includes skit entitled “The Militant Husbandette.”

ROBINSON FAMILY. Papers, 1850s-1985. 4 linear inches. Diaries, scrapbook and genealogical information regarding Dubuque-area family.

TAYLOR, GENEVIEVE (1916-1997). Papers, 1916-1997. 1 linear inch. The materials include a school paper on equal suffrage written by Dorothy Mills in 1916.

WOMAN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION OF IOWA. Records, 1874-2006. 18.5 linear feet. Organization dedicated to legislative and educational efforts to prevent juvenile delinquency and support woman’s suffrage.

Printed Works Collection:

Suffrage songbook

The Iowa Collection of Readings and Recitations

IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES Collection JK.I68 1892

Noun, Louise.

Strong-minded women: the emergence of the woman-suffrage movement in Iowa

IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES Collection JK1911.I8 N6 1986

Leader and Pariah: Annie Savery and the campaign for women’s rights in Iowa, 1868-1891

IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES Collection HQ1236.5.I6 N6 2002