MS 471
Woman Suffrage Collection
1916-1919, n.d.

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

Descriptive summary




Woman Suffrage Collection


1916-1919, n.d.


0.21 linear ft.  (1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 471


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Woman Suffrage Collection, MS 471, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Historical note

The woman suffrage movement in the United States started in the mid-nineteenth century.  The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, on 19 July 1848.  In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed under the leadership of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in order to agitate for a Constitutional amendment.  Also in 1869 the American Woman Suffrage Association was organized under the leadership of Lucy Stone; this association focused on working with state legislatures.  The two societies combined to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890.  Among the leaders of the NAWSS was Carrie Chapman Catt.

A number of individual states and territories granted voting rights to women starting with the Wyoming Territory in 1869.  A woman suffrage amendment to the Iowa state constitution was on the ballot in the Iowa primary election of June 1916, but the amendment was defeated. 

In June 1919, the United States Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing that the right to vote could not be denied on account of sex. Nationwide woman suffrage became a reality when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on 26 August 1920 after Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to approve the amendment.


Collection description

This collection (1916-1919, n.d.) contains materials related to the woman suffrage movement in Iowa and the United States.  It includes printed material supporting the equal suffrage amendment on the ballot in the June 1916 Iowa primary election, blank enrollment cards for the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association and the Boone County (Iowa) Suffrage Association, a 1919 newspaper article from the New York Sun, and postcards of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The materials were received from the Iowa State University Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.



The collection is organized alphabetically.


 Container list

Box Folder Title Dates
1 1 Boone County Suffrage Association: Enrollment slips (blank) and "Vote for the Amendment" envelopes 1916, n.d.
1 2 Envelopes with slogan "Vote for the Suffrage Amendment June 5" 1916
1 3 Iowa Equal Suffrage Association enrollment cards (blank) n.d.
1 6 Letter from Mary Safford, President, Iowa Equal Suffrage Association, to Mrs. E. N. Mann of Boone 1912
1 4 "New York's 'Town Hall' a Monument to Woman Suffrage Victory" article reprinted from The Sun 7 December 1919 1919
1 5 Postcards: Susan B. Anthony portrait and quote n.d.


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