Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

Carrie Chapman Catt imageRS 21/7/3
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)
Papers, 1878-[ongoing]


Descriptive summary

creator:

Catt, Carrie Chapman (1859-1947)

title:

Papers

dates:

1878-[ongoing]

extent:

1.68 linear feet (4 document boxes)

collection number:

RS 21/7/3

repository:

University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access:

Open for research: Boxes 1, 2, and 3.
Restricted: Box 4 (Original Documents) permission of Department Head required for access.

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, RS 21/7/3, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Biographical note

Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, suffragist, early feminist, political activist, and Iowa State alumna (1880), was born on January 9, 1859 in Ripon, Wisconsin to Maria Clinton and Lucius Lane. At the close of the Civil War, the Lanes moved to a farm near Charles City, Iowa where they remained throughout their lives. Carrie entered Iowa State College in March of 1877, graduating in November of 1880 (at that time, the school year ran from March through November). She graduated at the top of her class and while in Ames established military drills for women, became the first woman student to give an oration before a debating society, earned extra money as assistant to the librarian, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi. After graduation she became the high school principal in Mason City and then in 1883 the superintendent of Mason City Schools. In this capacity she met Leo Chapman, editor of the Mason City Republican, and they married in February 1885. After her husband's death in 1886, she spent some time in California as a newspaper reporter and then returned to Iowa to begin her crusade for women's suffrage. She was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900-1904 and from 1915 until its goal was reached. She also formed and was president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance for many years. When the women's vote was attained in 1920 Mrs. Catt looked ahead and encouraged the formation of a non-partisan group, the League of Women Voters, a group still viable today. Early in her suffrage work she ran into a classmate from Ames, George W. Catt. They were married in 1890 and until his death in October 1905, he supported his wife's work through his engineering company financially and through his personal support of suffrage. Carrie attained much recognition for her work throughout her life and received many awards such as the Chi Omega in 1941, the Pictorial Review Award for her international disarmament work in 1931, and induction into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. She donated her entire estate to her alma mater, where she was the first woman to deliver the commencement address. She died in March 1947 at her home in New Rochelle, New York.

 

Collection description

This collection (1878-[ongoing]) contains biographical data, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, bibliographies, publications, reviews, addresses, awards, scrapbook of tributes, material relating to the Woman's Centennial Congress, artifacts (Including jewelry from India), and her will. Correspondents include E. W. Stanton, A. B. Storms and Maria Roberts. Box 4 consists of original documents that been restricted, photocopies of the items can be found in the other boxes.

 

Organization

This collection is listed alphabetically.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

10

Addresses

1883-1921

5

3

American Association for the United Nations Recognition of Catt's 88th Birthday

1947

5

1

Awards, Recognitions, and Honorary Degrees

1921-1940, n.d.

1

7

Bibliographies, Publications, and Reviews

1900, n.d.

1

4

Biographical Material

1880-2006, n.d.

1

8

Botany

1878

3

8

Brochure: "Voices of Influence: Celebrating the Legacy of Carrie Chapman Catt and the 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment"

1995

3

2

Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund

1897-1907

3

3

Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund

1909-1937

3

4

Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund

1942-1943

3

5

Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund

1947-1972

1

6

Correspondence: Includes E. W. Stanton, President A. B. Storms and Maria Roberts

1907-1947

2

3

Gift to Iowa State College (University) Library, including her collection about War and Peace and George Catt's collection about engineering

1947

2

4

Gift to Iowa State College (University) Library, including her collection about War and Peace and George Catt's collection about engineering

1947

2

5

Gift to Iowa State College (University) Library, including her collection about War and Peace and George Catt's collection about engineering

1947

2

2

Inventories and Donations

1922-1971

Map

Case

Iowa State College Honorary Diploma and Exhibit Posters

1921, 1960

2

8

Materials received from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity

1887-1936

2

9

Materials received from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity

1941-1995

2 10 Materials related to the naming of Carrie Chapman Catt Hall at Iowa State University 1989

2

11

National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War

1935-1936

1

1

News Clippings: General

1900-1944, n.d.

1

2

News Clippings: General

1947-1977, n.d.

1

3

News Clippings: General

1981-2010, n.d.

2

7

News Clippings: Woman's Centennial Congress

1940

3

1

President Woodrow Wilson Letter to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance

1918

1

9

Publications about Catt

1916-2007

3

9

Publications: National 19th Amendment Society Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home Newsletter and Brochures

2005-2006, n.d.

1

5

Register of Carrie Chapman Catt's Papers in the Library of Congress

1975

4

7

RESTRICTED: Gift to Iowa State College (University) Library, including her collection about War and Peace and George Catt's collection about engineering (photocopy in file 2/3)

1947

4

3

RESTRICTED: Original Biographical (photocopy in file 1/4)

1922-1947

4

4

RESTRICTED: Original Biographical (photocopy in file 1/5)

1907-1941

4

10

RESTRICTED: Original Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund (photocopy in file 3/2 and 3/3

1897-1922

4

9

RESTRICTED: Original Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund (photocopy in file 3/2)

n.d.

4

11

RESTRICTED: Original Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund (photocopy in file 3/3)

1909-1937

4

12

RESTRICTED: Original Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund (photocopy in file 3/4)

1942-1943

4

13

RESTRICTED: Original Correspondence: George Catt Endowment Fund (photocopy in file 3/5)

1947-1951

4

6

RESTRICTED: Original Inventories and Donations (photocopy in file 2/2)

1922-1971

4

1

RESTRICTED: Original Newspaper Clippings (photocopy in files 1/1 and 1/2)

1900-1971

4

2

RESTRICTED: Original Newspaper Clippings (photocopy in files 1/2 and 1/3)

1972-1992

4

14

RESTRICTED: Original President Woodrow Wilson Letter to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (photocopy in file 3/1)

1918

4

5

RESTRICTED: Original Will of Carrie Chapman Catt (photocopy in file 1/10)

1945

4

8

RESTRICTED: Original Woman's Centennial Congress (photocopy in file 2/6)

1940

4

8a

RESTRICTED: Original Woman's Centennial Congress: News Clippings (photocopy in file 2/7)

1940

5

2

Scrapbook of Tributes to Catt

1916-1927, n.d.

3

6

Speeches (typescripts)

1892-1919

3

7

Speeches (typescripts)

1921-1939

1

11

United States Postage Stamp of Catt with Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott [photocopy]

1948

2

1

Will of Carrie Chapman Catt

1949

2

6

Woman's Centennial Congress

1940